Proof that Jesus was freakin’ hilarous

AdobeStock_77933780blogOn at least five different occasions I’ve been told by at least five major Christian leaders that it’s actually blasphemous to suggest that God has a sense of humor. Seriously. All five of these guys used the word blasphemous.

They’re ridiculously wrong, of course. The Bible shows Jesus being extremely funny all the time—and always in the same divinely dry way.

Below is one of Jesus’ funniest jokes. It’s from Luke 24. It takes place three days after Jesus’ extremely public, horribly brutal, and history-changing crucifixion. That morning a handful of women had found Jesus’ tomb empty—except for two angels.

“He is not here,” the angels had told the women. “He has risen!” The women ran to tell Jesus’ apostles. But the apostles didn’t believe them.

Later that day, two of the apostles are walking together. The story continues:

They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. But they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

I mean … c’mon.
Dry much, Jesus?

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  • amylynn1022

    May I recommend the website of a former seminary classmate of mine, Jack Copley, who is a working sex therapist who started out as a minister? We actually took a Sexuality class together. His website is http://www.copleytherapy.com/.

    For that matter, my seminary has a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, website http://www.lpts.edu. And don’t worry if you are not a Presbyterian, the seminary has students of many different denominations (and non-denominational).

    And yes, there is a shortage of sex therapists, period, and Christian sex therapists more so.

  • TLC

    As someone who has needed and appreciated the services of both, I join John in saying PLEASE become a Christian sex therapist.

    In spite of what many commenters and bloggers have said in Patheos, addiction to porn is a real thing. My ex was addicted to porn and masturbation — his words, his confession. When I sought counseling and went through my divorce, I saw a nationally certified sex therapist who had two master’s degrees. She was brilliant, and was able to give me counseling from the perspective I needed to see that this was NOT my fault (although it took nearly five years to really believe that), and the problems behind the addiction.

    When I left the fundagelical church system seven years ago, I knew I needed counseling again. When I called to find a counselor, I told them I wanted a counselor who was Christian so they would understand where I was coming from, but I did NOT want a “Christian counselor” because I never wanted anyone to throw a Bible verse at me ever again in my life. I went to see a counselor who was in the same practice as the first counselor. She was the first one who defined “spiritual abuse” for me.

    As fortunate as I was to find TWO people to address my specific needs, there’s no way I would have found this in one person. The world is in dire need of people who have your interests. Please move ahead and follow your dream!

  • Jim

    Every state requires that those who hold themselves out as therapists be licensed. Licensed therapists are not permitted to base their therapy on religious cures.

  • Jerry Lynch

    You call yourself a Christian while freely using the “S**” word in public. We who were raised in the RCC of the Fifties and went to parochial school with the Dominicans (of Inquisition fame) know this is naughty, not nice. For the tender ears always listening, may I suggest the alternative “Birds and Bee stuff”; lead us not into temptation. You do know that B&B stuff was the “apple,” right? We don’t need more therapists; we need more self-control.

  • Andy

    Nobody gives a shit what you think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DenverAreaMusic Jaki Treasure Berger

    If sex is that bad, why was God’s first commandment to Adam and Eve, “be fruitful and multiply”?

  • Chris Dagostino

    I think Jerry was being sarcastic.

  • hawgowar

    My wife asked her priest if having sex before Sunday service/confession was sinful. He said; “Not as long as you don’t block the aisles”.

  • jekylldoc

    Okay, after this one plus Yelling at your Employees, I signed up for your e-mail newsletter. I think we are on the same wavelength.

    Thanks especially for the humor. It takes a huge heart and an open mind to be able to laugh about sex and religion, both, without ruining either one.

  • Brandon Roberts

    tbh i see nothing wrong with this if god exists he made sex.

  • Maura Hart

    amen amen amen

  • Stuart Blessman

    amen

  • hawgowar

    The People were told to be fruitful and multiply. I’m betting they didn’t do it through osmosis. There was a lot of begetting going on. The Bible is actually a pretty sexy read.