The Silence of the Sheep

2000 years of constant Christian rebellion against Jesus

by Ibn Anwar, BHsc (Hons). MCollT


Jesus: Do not tell anyone!

Christian: Nope. I am going to tell everyone and anyone!

The above is precisely the phenomenon that we witness with regards to the many, many instances of the so called Messianic Secret as recounted for the whole world to see, despite Jesus’ direct reticence to public and open exposure of certain things he did or said, in the gospels and it is a particularly prominent feature of the Gospel According to Mark, which is the first of the four gospels to be anonymously written.

Every time you read Jesus specifically instructing someone or a group of people to keep what they had witnessed a secret and to tell no one, you are actually witnessing those people’s disobedience to Jesus’ instruction, for if they had obeyed Jesus, then you would not have been privy to what Jesus intended to be private 2000 years ago. By extension, Christians today, including each and every Bible translator and publisher is a rebel against the wishes of their alleged master Jesus as they happily and unthinkingly partake in revealing what Jesus instructed to be kept hidden.

One of the many instances of Jesus’ instruction on silence, i.e., not to tell anyone of their particular experience with Jesus, is the leper in Luke 5. In verse 14 of that chapter, it is recounted, to the detriment of Christian religious morality, that Jesus instructed the leper that he had healed to “tell no one” and unlike parallel accounts in Mark 1:14 and Matthew 8:4, Luke includes the adverb ‘sternly’ to indicate how serious Jesus was towards his requirement that the incident be kept under wraps. Poor Jesus. His commands fell on deaf ears as in each instance that we read where Jesus said ‘don’t tell’ is an instance of those people actually ‘telling.’ Referring to the incident of the leper, minister of the Uniting Church in Australia and emeritus professor of New Testament at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia Dr. William R. G. Loader writes:

“Note that Mark portrays the man as disobedient to Jesus’ instruction about silence.” [1]

And Christians, as I have already stated, unhesitatingly continue to divulge what Jesus wanted hidden. If we are to believe the gospels’ record, this clear rebellion against Jesus was first committed by those that Jesus had directly spoken to and later put into writing by the anonymous gospel writers, who by doing so ensured eternal Christian rebellion against Jesus’ commands. How much can we trust those that disobey Jesus, whom they claim to love and follow and above all else, represent? Are rebels against Jesus his representatives? Let’s ponder on that.


[1] Loader, W. R. G. (2002). Jesus’ Attitude Towards the Law: A Study of the Gospels. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 21


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