The Rauschmonstrum Watches Jesus With a Paralyzed Man

This post originally appeared as a chapter in my book The Gospel of the Rauschmonstrum.

When he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was heard that he was in a house there. Immediately many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even around the door; and he spoke the word to them. Four people came, carrying a paralytic to him. When the crowd prevented them from getting near to him, they removed the roof where Jesus was.

When they had broken it up, they let down the mat that the paralytic was lying on. Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

But there were some of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak blasphemies like that? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

The Rauschmonstrum was confused for completely different reasons. He knew that physical maladies were not caused by sins, and found it absurd that humans could think that they were.

The realization came to him that whatever flaws the Nazarene had in his thinking would be thought of as facts for generations if the Rauschmonstrum succeeded in his mission. However, he did not have the desire or inclination to alter how the Nazarene went about his business.

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