This post isn’t about singing harmony on a Lady Gaga song, but about turning a favorite conservative Christian passtime into a fun blogging activity. The discrepancies between the accounts of Judas’ fate, what happened to the 30 pieces of silver, and how the “Field of Blood” got its name are well known. If you aren’t familiar with them, read them for yourself in Acts 1:18-19 and Matthew 27:1-10.
Those who are determined to have the Bible contain no contradictions no matter the cost have devoted countless hours to harmonizing this and similar discrepancies. They seem not to realize that the one convoluted narrative that they piece together from the two is not what either account in the New Testament says. And so what is “inerrant” is their own contrived construction, while the New Testament writings are each on their own left looking inadequate, since they do not give the impression of what the inerrantist thinks “really happened.”
This meme asks you (and if you are reading this, you are tagged) to come up with the most creative, outlandish, entertaining or humorous way of harmonizing the accounts that you can. When you’ve done so, post it on your blog, and leave a link here to your post. And spread the word, asking those who pick up the meme from your blog to come here and share their links here as well.
Fans of LOST and Doctor Who know that even the most complicated plot lines with serious continuity errors can be resolved through time travel. And so here is my version of the harmonized story of Judas, featuring the Doctor and his TARDIS…
Judas sold the information about where Jesus would be on Passover night to the authorities for 30 pieces of silver. He then went without remorse and bought a field. While inspecting it, he tripped and fatally injured himself. While he was lying there in pain, he hears a wooshing noise, and a blue box appears in the field. A man in strange clothing comes out and introduces himself as the Doctor. He administers first aid, and when Judas gets a good look at him, he realizes that he is the man from whom he bought the field!
The Doctor explains to Judas that his actions will make history, but also cause much suffering. He gives Judas back the money he paid for the field, takes him in the TARDIS, and shows him the crucifixion. Judas is disturbed, and when the Doctor returns him to his own time, Judas runs off, heading straight for the temple. Judas throws the money into it and runs off to hang himself in the field that he had earlier purchased. Later, the priests will decide to buy a field with the money Judas threw into the temple, and will purchase a field whose previous owner just committed suicide and who had no heirs to inherit it.
The Doctor, meanwhile, tells half the details of what happened to a man named Matthew, and the other half to a man named Luke.
Now it’s your turn. Let’s see what you can come up with!