Thursday, July 27, 2006

Question of the Day

Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that even he couldn't eat it?


Brett said...

I've heard the question can God make a mountain he can't move. It's silly to ask if God can do something he can't. It's a nonsense question that doesn't make logical sense.
I think a deeper is why would God need a microwave?
You have also uncovered even deeper theological issues than you can possibly imagine. Much is at stake on how the following questions are answered. Why would he eat a burrito and not taco? Does he love burritos and not love tacos? Did Jesus simply elect to love the burritos and not the tacos, or did the burritos somehow deserve to be loved more than the tacos?

Anonymous said...

I think in Duterionomony the Israelites are specifically enjoined to loathe the microwavable burrito. Or maybe the centipede. One or the other for sure.

Jason D. Moore said...

Even deeper than that: does he need to eat anything at all?

John said...

Yes, he apparently did need food. He was hungry after his 40 days in the wilderness, he was hungry on the road to Bethany when he cursed the fig tree, and he was hungry after the resurrection when he ate some broiled fish.

Jeff the Baptist said...

"he was hungry after the resurrection when he ate some broiled fish."

I don't know if I agree with this statement. I seem to recall his appearance to the disciples being more about showing people he wasn't an incorporeal ghost and had a physical body. Eating was a very down to earth way of doing that. Eating with people also has very strong social connotations in Biblical times.

I guess my answer has to be that as a man on earth before the resurrection yes he could microwave a burrito so hot even he couldn't eat it. You know, if there were microwaves, burritos, and the necessary logistical tail to make them all work. Jesus on earth was very much a man. If he could get whipped and bleed, he could certainly get burned by an overcooked microwave burrito.

But post-resurrection, he can probably eat whatever he wants. We're talking about a guy with an unhealed mortal wound in his side that is walking around and talking to people. I'd rather not put limits on what he can do.

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Richard said...

Can someone explain to me how the Witch of Endor in Samuel was able bring up the ghost of Samuel at the request of King Saul?

John said...

I'm working from memory here, but I've heard a couple of hypotheses:

1. She was engaging in sorcery and was able to summon Samuel that way.

2. She was a scam artist, but God used the opportunity to bring up Samuel before them.

I lean toward hypothesis 1.