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What is the meaning of the Gospel tale concerning Jesus' cursing the fig tree?


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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 18:10:49 GMT
Spin says:
Figs were used as a means of producing alcohol, but Jesus turned water into wine (an alcohol). So alcohol and its effects cannot be the reason for his curse. The fig, in some areas, is a parasitic organism, so did Jesus have an uncommon knowledge of African flora?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 19:04:48 GMT
AJ Murray says:
No. He was recharging his lich powers by draining the life out of another living being. It's a lvl 1 spell.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 19:06:34 GMT
Spin.....Jesus....Titchmarsh....the NWO...I smell sweaty feet a foot

Posted on 21 Nov 2013 19:10:29 GMT
Spin says:
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Posted on 21 Nov 2013 19:24:54 GMT
Rather than speculating, someone could look it up.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 19:29:29 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 19:36:28 GMT
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AJ Murray says:
I assure you that the undead are a very serious matter indeed. You ignore them at your peril.

Lichs are a form of extremely potent wizard who, on their journey towards un death gain spells that can harvest mana from life, destroying it in the process. What Jesus did was strip the tree of its vital essence and in doing so replenished himself. It also served a dual purpose in demonstrating to all his minions what would happen if they stepped out of line. Reinforcing the dark cult known as "The Way".

I imagine they were all dressed in red and black.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 20:05:16 GMT
Spin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 20:56:33 GMT
AJ Murray says:
Strange tirade? Don't you know anything? Wizards can be good or bad, good wizards align themselves in harmony with the world thus gaining all their power naturally. Bad wizards turn to the dark side, communing with demons [Matt 8:31-32, Mark 5:8-9], increasing their evil by turning the day into night [Mark 15:33,Matt 27:45,Luke 23:44], desecrating holy shrines [Mark 15:38,Matt 27:51] and controlling the undead [Matt 27:52-53]. A really potent evil wizard becomes a lich. They can raise zombies in this fashion. The fig tree is an indication of Jesus having made the choice of evil and thus gaining the drain life spell. How many times does he threaten people? How many times are the people described as fearful?

Only Judas had the bravery to turn against him.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 04:44:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Nov 2013 04:48:29 GMT
light says:
Hi Spin,

I asked my pastor this question when I used to attend church, the answer is this:

Jesus curses the fig tree because it didn't have any fruit but it was out of season so it wouldn't have any fruit at the time Jesus cursed it. The story is a parable/metaphor about Israel not producing any fruit, active evidence, good deeds, repentance... whether the time or season is right or not. Hence do not hide your light under a basket but shine it from the top of a hill.

take care light

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 05:47:49 GMT
Mrs. F. Shaw says:
Really? I thought that was Duran Duran?

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 05:50:10 GMT
Mrs. F. Shaw says:
Yes, Jesus had an uncommon knowledge of Africa flora. Does that answer your question, Spin?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 11:20:15 GMT
I'm going to go ahead and say yes to this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 13:08:16 GMT
Not always, which is why I use a study Bible.

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 13:39:47 GMT
To be honest, I went to a CofE junior school and I don't remember being told anything at all about Jesus and the fig tree.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 13:50:43 GMT
Bearman says:
I don't know Spin. Why don't you try putting out a serious question for once and see what happens.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 14:18:34 GMT
Spin says:
Light: But why curse the tree f one knows that its fruit is dependent on the season? One cannot have a tree that bears fruit all year round... And it is not the trees fault that it is subject to forces outside its control. Even as a metaphor for societal thought and deeds, it is a strange conception of the nature of society and its influences...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 14:34:53 GMT
Bearman says:
Fig trees have fruit on them all year round as each individual fig take two years to mature. So even when "out of season" there should be unripe fruit on the tree.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 14:36:41 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Same as olives, or so I was told in Greece.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 14:48:20 GMT
Bearman says:
Is that right? I hadn't heard that about olives, and the tree I have in my garden never fruits as it is in a constant life and death struggle with the Oxfordshire winters.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 14:56:19 GMT
Spin says:
Bear: So? An unripe fruit is inedible. One cannot have ripe fruit all year round. The fruit is subject to forces beyond its control. My point concerning this metaphor still stands.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:11:26 GMT
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Dan Fante says:
Just what I was told by a local on holiday. He could have been pulling my leg I suppose.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:21:21 GMT
Bearman says:
"13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 "

So no fruit at all, ripe or unripe.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:23:47 GMT
Bearman says:
I really don't know, which is an embarrassing admission for a keen horticulturalist. I'll have to ask my sister in Spain as she grows olives!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:30:10 GMT
Spin says:
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