"Why should I throw bread to the dogs when the children are starving?"
- Actualy the story when Jesus says: "Why should I throw bread to the dogs
when the children are starving." is one of my favorites in the Bible (if not
the most favorite), although I may have not made the correct interpretation
Here is how I interpreted it (I hope I remember it well and make no
There was a woman who's daughter was possessed by the devil. She asked Jesus
help, but He seem not to listen her. After some begging, Jesus told her that
sentence "Why should I throw bread to the dogs when the children are
This really looks like an uninterested,cold-hearted Jesus, which was saying
something like "Your people do not belong to my table, you are not seen as
sons, who deserve the best food. You are as dogs."
But the woman, who probably loved her daughter the most and didn't mind
about being humiliated that way said something like: "You are right, but
even the dogs eat the small pieces of bread that fall from the son's
tables". Which, in my opinion, meant something like "Your words/wisdom/peace
(=bread) is often not taken good care by your sons. We, the dogs, the lesser
children, take every bit of it, that is comes spoiled from your sons
I love this story, because in my opinion, speaks about a woman who didn't
mind being a lesser person, humiliated, by a God that she believed.
Sometimes I dream belonging to a Cristian religion that had the philosophy
of this woman: Maibye we shouldn't consider ourselves as "sons of God". This
makes us proud, thinking that we can do everything in His name. Instead, we
should fell lesser persons, very apparted to God, but, like the hunger dogs,
love (and starved) every word of Him.
If people had this kind of approach to God, probably would not have been
Oh, yes: and for thouse of you who don't know the end of the story: Jesus
was "devastated" with this answer (devastated is probably not the best word,
but my english is not very good - let's says that this was the best answer
that that woman could give Him). He told her to go home, her daughter was
already healed. And so it was.
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Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 4:31 PM
Subject: [wtcattack] Re: Is the Islamic Scripture (Kuran) really "peaceful"?
> Dear MD,
> I notice your quotes are all from the Old Testament. There is one in
> the New Testament I find uniquely odious. Sorry, I don't have a
> bible handy to look it up, but it is what Jesus says when a disciple
> asks why he doesn't preach to the Philistines: "Why should I throw
> bread to the dogs when the children are starving."
> Each of the monotheistic religions has a book which is supposed to be