Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

"You will all become deserters."

      “When we were in India, we saw a festival in the city of their goddess Kali. She’s a goddess of destruction, Maggie. It was the bloodiest thing I’ve ever seen, thousands of animals slaughtered, hundreds of men beheaded. The whole world seemed slick with blood. Joshua and I saved some children from being flayed alive, but when it was over, Joshua kept saying, no more sacrifices, no more.”
      Maggie looked at me as if she expected more. “So? It was horrible, what did you expect him to say?”
      “He wasn’t talking to me, Maggie. He was talking to God. And I don’t think he was making a request.”
      “Are you saying that he thinks his father wants to kill him for trying to change things, so he can’t avoid it because it’s the will of God?”
      “No, I’m saying that he’s going to allow himself to be killed to show his father that things need to be changed. He’s not going to try to avoid it.”

[...]

     “The table will be set for the Passover feast of the Essenes,” Joseph said. “Stay here for supper.”
      “Celebrate the Passover early? Why?” John asked. “Why celebrate with the Essenes?”
      Joseph looked away from Joshua when he answered. “Because at the Essenes’ feast, they don’t kill a lamb.”

-from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
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