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In God's Image - Humor?
« on: Tue Oct 05, 2021 - 18:00:30 »
This is somewhat related to the topic of meekness, as meekness is an attribute. We are created in the image of God; we are given free will and attributes. I realize the Bible and the Gospel are serious business. Our Lord was 100% God and 100% man; He had all the emotions of humanity; love, joy, tears, anger. But I always wondered about something.

John 21:25 (KJV) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Our Bible only records, in total, 53 days of Jesus' life walking on the earth in the flesh. Perhaps it is not relevant, or mentioned in those 53 days? But there is no mention of Jesus ever laughing, joking, or having a sense of humor. The only laughter I recall mentioned in the Bible is the Lord laughs at men's folly and foolishness at times.

I get the sense in heaven, there will be no gags, joking around, playing tricks, and the like?

The only sense of humor I've found in the Bible, if one can take it that way. Is when the Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant from the Jews. The Lord punished the Philistines by giving them all a plague of emerods (hemorrhoids). The Philistines fashioned sculptures of their hemorrhoids and sent those sculptures, along with the Ark, back to Israel. Would we consider this humorous?

Abraham's wife Sarah laughed in her heart when she overheard, she was going to have a child. This laughter was not well received as we know. So, my question would be:

Are humor and laughter an attribute given as the image of God, to Adam and passed down from generation to generation? Or is it a product of our sinful nature?






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« Reply #2 on: Tue Oct 05, 2021 - 21:49:06 »
Dennis1209:

    "Are humor and laughter an attribute given as the image of God, to Adam and passed down from generation to generation? Or is it a product of our sinful nature?"

    I like your humor, Dennis. Another bit of humor is when the rigid Pharisees insisted that Jesus condemn to death the woman caught in adultery. He wrote in the dirt a message after he suggested that the one not guilty of sin "cast the first stone."

    What was the message, according to some of the "experts" of biblical history? In large letters, "SCRAM!" At that point they each walked away. Just a joke, of course.

    I think it is obvious God instilled in us the ability to enjoy life by being humorous on occasions. Otherwise, we would be similar to robots or to "Data" on Stat Trek.

    Out of curiosity, I have a question. You said, "Our Lord was 100% God and 100% man." Are you saying, indirectly, that our Lord was 100% "God the Son"? I ask because I make a distinction between God the Son and God the Father.

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Re: In God's Image - Humor?
« Reply #3 on: Wed Oct 06, 2021 - 05:01:52 »
On the subject of humor in the Bible, one of the funniest passages to me is Exodus 32:24 after Moses came down off of Mt Sinai, he questioned Aaron as to what happened concerning the commotion surrounding the golden calf, and Aaron responded:

24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.


Basically saying, I don’t know how this darned calf popped out of the fire. Similar to a 5 year old responding to his mother, “I don’t know what happened, i looked up and this baseball went through the window.”

I laugh to myself every time I read that. Probably wasn’t intended as humor, but it does point out a humorous tendency of human nature.
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    Out of curiosity, I have a question. You said, "Our Lord was 100% God and 100% man." Are you saying, indirectly, that our Lord was 100% "God the Son"? I ask because I make a distinction between God the Son and God the Father.



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Your are confusing in your question.

Of course there is a difference. They are 2 separate but they are one. ::doh::

Are you saying Jesus was not fully God ? That the son of God was not a part of the trinity or are you not a believer in that?

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

John 1:1-3, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Philippians 2:5-11

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:13-23

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–
23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Again, this passage strongly affirms both the deity (v. 19) and humanity (v. 22) of Jesus.

These are just a few passages which can be offered. Many passages, taken in isolation, affirm either the deity of Christ on the one hand, or His humanity on the other. When all this evidence is taken into account, it becomes clear that the Bible repeatedly affirms that Jesus was indeed the unique God-Man.

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« Reply #5 on: Wed Oct 06, 2021 - 08:14:55 »
That's one of the core beliefs of our faith. One God, a triune God in three distinct Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Said another way from my original post; the incarnate Jesus walking the earth in the flesh, was fully human, and fully God. I assume that is the clarification you are asking?

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« Reply #6 on: Wed Oct 06, 2021 - 08:31:47 »
I ask because I make a distinction between God the Son and God the Father.
I agree with Dennis, that Jesus was fully 100% BOTH man and God~this complex nature that Jesus possessed were ever separate in him and they never interact with each other. Jesus was BOTH the Son of man by being made in the likeness of sinful flesh; he also was the Son of God by being conceived by the power of the Highest, thereby in his deity he IS the everlasting Father of all things. Without controversy this is a great mystery, yet understood as long as we keep his complex nature separated. One God manifested as three only concerning the redemption of God's elect as the Word which is God was incarnate in the person of Jesus of Nazareth~the eternal God joined himself to the tabernacle of his Son and lived in this world in a body of flesh, preached unto the Gentiles, seen of angels (for the first time) received back up into glory.
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Are humor and laughter an attribute given as the image of God, to Adam and passed down from generation to generation? Or is it a product of our sinful nature?
God has a sense of humor, just look at his creation, and certain animals make you laugh, either by their looks, or their lack of intelligence. 

Today's humor is for the most part sinful as portrayed by Hollywood. But laughing is part of our creation and not sinful.
Quote from: JESUS CHRIST
Luke 6:21-23~Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Never seen a person leaping for joy that was not laughing while doing so, have you? Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal, kinda hard not to laugh at that. Haman and his ten sons were hung on his own gallows that he had built for Mordecai~it's are hard not to laugh at the turnabout, knowing who was behind it.  ::smile::
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« Reply #7 on: Wed Oct 06, 2021 - 14:03:08 »
Dennis1209:

    "That's one of the core beliefs of our faith. One God, a triune God in three distinct Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Said another way from my original post; the incarnate Jesus walking the earth in the flesh, was fully human, and fully God. I assume that is the clarification you are asking?"

    Your clarification is my understanding, too. Thanks. John 14:28 is interesting. "If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I."

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Re: In God's Image - Humor?
« Reply #8 on: Thu Oct 07, 2021 - 19:06:49 »
Our Bible only records, in total, 53 days of Jesus' life walking on the earth in the flesh. Perhaps it is not relevant, or mentioned in those 53 days? But there is no mention of Jesus ever laughing, joking, or having a sense of humor. The only laughter I recall mentioned in the Bible is the Lord laughs at men's folly and foolishness at times.
There's humor in the Bible, just not in the English version.  In some cases, it's just a case of things getting "lost in translation."  Hebrew is very punny, but that type of joke doesn't come through in translation a lot of the time.

Also, the translators tend to scrub the material of anything that might be off-color or offensive.  Political correctness isn't a new phenomenon.  It's been happening to the Bible for over a thousand years now.  Here's Jesus telling a masturbation joke during the Sermon on the Mount:

You've all heard them say "thou shalt not commit adultery."  But I'm telling you, if you're ogling a woman for lust, you're fornicating in your mind.  Did your right eye make you do it?  Pluck it out!  Throw it away!  Better to lose a piece of yourself than have your whole self burned in hell!  Did your right hand make you do it?  Again, pluck it out!  Throw it away!  Better to lose a piece of yourself than have your whole self burned in hell!  (Matthew 5:27-30, paraphrased)

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