About how the first evangelist euhemerized the OT God as Satan

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About how the first evangelist euhemerized the OT God as Satan

Post by Giuseppe » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:04 am

The episode of the temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness is without meaning, read in the its own value, since even a child (sic) can realize easily who is the bad and who is the good of the episode. But what can any reader gain from a so simple and ridiculous episode?

But really even a so innocuous story has hidden a more complex meaning, a meaning that goes against directly all our old views about the Gospels.

- When the devil promises to Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth, that he gives to whom he wants, in exchange for an act of worship that would be an acknowledgment of the his claim to be the only God, the author of the story gives himself the malicious pleasure of making oppose against him by Jesus a precept of the his own Law enacted in his favor: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” (Mt 4:10, Lk 4: 8 = Deut 6:13)

(Jean Magne, La naissance de Jésus-Christ, p. 22, my free translation)

Hence the Satan of the story is the euhemerization of the OT god made deliberately just by a devoted worshiper of that same god!

...Just as the man Jesus is the euhemerization of a previous deity.

We are said: no one would denigrate his divinity, reducing it to a mere man (=meaning of euhemerization).

But here we have an example of a pious Judaizer (“Mark”) who reduced deliberately the his same god - the Creator - to the role of Satan himself (!), in order to make clearer that Jesus adored that same Creator, and not another deity foreign to Judaism.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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