The Parable of the Fig Tree By Anthony J. Fejfar, B.A., J.D., Esq., Coif © Copyright 2008 by Anthony J.

Fejfar In the Christian Gospels there is the story of the Fig Tree, often referred to as a parable, although Jesus and his disciples were apparently really an active part of the story. In this story, Jesus and his Disciples are walking by a Fig Tree and Jesus reached up to grab a fig to eat. There were no figs on the tree. Although it was recognized that it was not the season for figs to be harvested, Jesus nevertheless cursed the Fig Tree for being barren. Some time later, Jesus and his disciples returned past the Fig Tree and found that it had withered and died. What to make of this real life parable? Well, I argue that the Fig Tree represents Everyman and that Everyman was cursed because he had made a wrong choice existentially. You see, we all have the fundamental option of either choosing The Good or Evil. In a World characterized by relativism this may not always seem apparent, but it is true. You see, the Fig Tree, symbolizing Everyman, had chosen Evil. One suspects that Jesus was planning to perform a miracle with the Fig Tree and have it produce fruit out of season. Jesus could not do this because the Fig Tree had chosen Evil rather than the Good. This is why the Fig Tree, Everyman, was cursed, even though it was not the time for bearing fruit.

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