Saturday, April 18, 2009

Identity politics

Then she was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by demons. And when she had fasted forty days and forty nights, she was afterward ahungered.

And when the tempters came, they said, If you are who you think you are, prove your usefulness to the world.

But she answered and said, It is written,

I am much more, and less, than this.

Then the demons took her into the holy city, and set her on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto her, If you are who you say you are, prove that you are not mistaken, and come toward us.

She said unto them, It is written again,

You are welcome to remain unpersuaded.

Again, the demons took her up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed her all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and said unto her, All these things will I give thee, if you will fall down and worship me.

Then she said to them, Get thee hence, tempters: for it is written,

You shall only submit to truth,
and only truth shall you serve.

Then the demons left her, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto her.

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