By Serwaa Ampaafo

Jesus and the fig tree
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Mark 11:12-16

“12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.

13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was NOT the season for figs. 

14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts”.

In the Christian context as I have always stated, the concept of Curses play  a central role in its ideology. According to Christian tradition, proponents of Adam and Eve creationist story all of humanity were cursed by Jehovah because of the disobedience of the two.

 Jesus, in turn, takes this curse placed on humanity by his father Jehovah on himself in order to redeem humanity by sacrificing himself—-Human sacrifice.

 Jesus during his supposed existence reinforced the idea of cursing by cursing a fig tree whose time wasn’t up to bear fruits. 

In fact, the fig tree episode offers a peek into Jesus’ psyche -he’s a Jehovah in the making; like father like son. Yahweh and his son are always angry for no reason. The episode also offers great understanding into the anti-nature perspective of the evil religion called Christianity.


Why curse a fig tree when you know it is not time for it to bear fruits. Besides  there is nowhere in the bible indicated that Jesus watered, pruned or fertilized the fig to warrant his anger for not getting the fig tree’s fruits.

 Honestly, I don’t know whether to attribute this behavior from Jesus to his illiteracy or foolishness. Jesus as I have already explained in an earlier article was a full blown illiterate and a little education could have informed him figs just like any fruit are dependent on time/seasons; thus no need to ignorantly go about cursing them when it’s not time for them to bear.

It was right after the fig incident  that he went into the synagogue to destroy the merchandise of traders. He was hungry and angry

In fact, Many African Christians consciously or subconsciously emulate and display this ‘Jesus and the fig tree’ behaviour in quite a number of ways. Many do not understand why in a bad economy they are not getting jobs. They do not understand why in an overly dirty environment they get sick and so they pray and pray and pray. The Jesus fig tree behavior also explain why majority of us always want to be associated with glory without going through the harsh phases; We always in a hurry to be on the first flight away from the motherland.

How to sit down employ critical thinking and force our leaders to do the right things, we do not know how to do that. We do not know how to prune, fertilize, water and take care of our metaphorical figs; we are are quick to abandon and return cursing the fig for refusing to give us fruits. 

The Jesus character whether thought of philosophically or as a divine concept is unworthy and poisonous shrouded in passivity.


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