Freitag, 1. April 2011

Abraham and Isaac according to Woody Allen

And Abraham awoke in the middle of the night and said to his son, Isaac, "I have had a dream where the voice of the Lord sayeth that I must sacrifice thou, so put your pants on."
And Isaac trembled and said, "So what did you say? I mean when He brought this whole thing up?"
"What am I going to say?" Abraham said. "I'm standing there at two a.m. in my underwear with the Creator of the Universe. Should I argue?"...
And Sarah who heard Abraham's plan grew vexed and said, "How doth thou know it was the Lord and not, say, thy friend who loveth practical jokes...?"
And Abraham answered, "Because ... it was a deep, resonant voice, well modulated, and nobody in the desert can get a rumble inn it like that." ...
And so he took Isaac to a certain place and prepared to sacrifice him but at the last minute the Lord stayed Abraham's hand and said, "How could thou doest such a thing?"
And Abraham said, "But thou said-"
"Never mind what I said," the Lord spake. "Doth thou listen to every crazy idea that comes thy way?" And Abraham grew ashamed...
"I jokingly suggest thou sacrifice Isaac and thou immediately runs out to do it."
And Abraham fell to his knees, "See, I never know when you're kidding."
And the Lord thundered, "No sense of humor! I can't believe it!"
"But doth this not prove I love thee, that I was willing to donate mine only son on they whim?"
And the Lord said, "It proves that some men will follow any order no matter how asinine as long as it comes from a resonant, well-modulated voice."

quoted from: John A. Buehrens. 2003. Understanding the Bible - An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals. Beacon Press, Boston, pp. 56-57.

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