Catholic Fundamentalism began with the bizarre: “Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter The Kingdom of Heaven.” in Mt 19: 24. That led to: Tell your friends: Wow! A camel goes through a needle’s eye!
The conclusion was obvious: “If a camel could not go through the eye of a needle, a rich man could not get into Heaven.” I was young, and wanted to be rich.
I realized that the eye of a needle a hundred feet long would be large enough for a camel to walk through. A nagging voice said, “You couldn’t sew a button on your shirt with that needle.”
Then, I considered cremating a camel, filling a five gallon pail with its ashes, diluting the ashes, and micro-pumping them through the eye of a needle, a fraction of a drop per second.” The same nagging voice: “That camel wouldn’t be able to walk.”
Then, this thought: “Take an egg from an ovulating camel. Put it on a microscope slide in a drop of amniotic fluid and fertilize it with sperm from a male camel. While the fertilized egg is dividing and redividing, put a needle onto the slide. Lift it so the fertilized egg will pass through its eye. It will be like a ping-pong ball going through a basketball hoop. Then, put the fertilized egg back into the womb of the mother camel. For the rest of its life, it will be a camel that has gone through the eye of a needle.”
An actual camel could go through the eye of an actual needle! The most bizarre passage in Scripture made perfect, literal sense. Jesus’ bizarre words came true in our age, for the first time in history.
Taking other passages literally grew into Catholic Fundamentalism. The six day, recent creation of Genesis? “God wrote and downloaded The Creation Program with 3-D pixels. We write our lines and direct ourselves as we star in The Big Movie. When our performance is over, we find out if we followed Directions well enough to get into Heaven!”
Catholic Fundamentalism takes computer-literate moderns through the eye of a needle, straight into the heart of The Church Jesus Founded.