A post about the nature of the Bible on Tom Rapsas’ blog includes an interesting question. Instead of cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit in the story in the Gospels, why didn’t he bless it and make it fruitful?
But it still raises the question even on the level of the story: isn’t the point to get people to improve, not to destroy them for failing to do so?
If there really are people who are “beyond redemption,” then that is bad news all around. And if there aren’t, then we should be in the business of zapping to increase productivity, not zapping to curse and condemn.