• Brad

    eh, the spiderman one was better. Why would it make sense for a fictional person to be used in the same sentence with a nonfictional person in the same way? And why would it make sense for the blood of a fictional person to be on an actual group of people? A better analogy might be “So that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of the Headless Horseman to the blood of Abraham Lincoln, whom you murdered in Ford’s Theatre.” How likely is it that Jesus would use what he knew to be a legendary character alongside a real one in this passage? My personal view is that it’s unlikely that Jesus ever actually gave this parable and that Matthew was obviously a creationist and believed Abel was a historical person and used him in this story.

    • In my opinion, Jesus is using Abel in a symbolic sense in this verse. He serves as a representation of religious martyrs as well as innocent blood shed in general. Jesus was no stranger to using people symbolically, even those he knew to be historical figures. For example, when he said “Elijah has already come,” speaking of John the Baptist, or when he compared his own imminent death to the “sign of Jonah.”

    • Of course, the main reason the Spider-Man meme was better is because Spider-Man is way cooler and just better than Batman in every way, amirite??

      • Brad

        Hahaha. I do happen to like Spiderman better than Batman as a character :). The other reason I liked it was because I could easily separate out Jesus’ symbolism. He stuck with characters in the Noah story and didn’t muddy the waters by throwing in someone else who actually existed, like Malachi.

        • I do see what you’re saying. My point with both memes was simply that referring to a person does not “prove” that the speaker believes the person was a real, historical figure, just like if I referenced someone’s Achilles heel, it does not mean I believe Achilles was a historical person.