13. Chapter Twelve

12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

12:4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

12:8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Why such stupid detail "and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment". Are these really the words your all knowing God wants you to know?

Mary wastes expensive ointment on Jesus' feet, rather than selling the ointment and giving the money to the poor. But Jesus thinks his feet are more important, saying that poor people will always be around, but he and his precious feet won't be. (According to the New Oxford Annotated Bible, 300 denarii would be nearly a year's wage for a laborer.)

12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

I hope I can remember this one.... sounds important.

12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Now what the fuck does that mean?

12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

OMG - so they knew a charleton when they saw one. They wouldn't have been fooled by Bernie Madoff either I'll bet.

Maybe the "miracles" weren't so impressive when you saw them up close; maybe you could see that they weren't really miracles.

Looks like it's possible to enter heaven via a "judgement"

12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Jesus refers to any man who has heard his words.... I have not heard HIS words. I have heard about four 1st century men who purport to repeat the words of Jesus

but how can I know?

I believe that I am exempt from the requirement of faith for salvation.