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Totally Irreverent Spiritual Humor

Laughter can be looked at as “spiritual” since often we have to hold on our sense of humor while maintaining our faith.

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While I was a seminary student, I was surprised to see how many spiritually oriented jokes were being passed among my classmates, as well as ordained clergy. Perhaps I shouldn’t have surprised, since we know that laughter works as a healing tool while we deal with the anxieties of daily life or the difficult challenges of living with illness.

Laughter can be looked at as “spiritual” since often we have to hold on our sense of humor while maintaining our faith. There is evidence of this throughout the Bible, if you read it for the subtext. For instance, Abraham laughs when God tells him Sarah will have a baby (Genesis 17: 15-17). Sarah laughs too when God tells her the same news (Genesis 18: 10-15.) (Abe and Sarah are both senior citizens). God asks why Sarah is laughing, and when Sarah denies it, God says, "Yes you did laugh!" God doesn't punish her for laughing. God blesses her. And no doubt there was a twinkle in the divine eye when it happened! God knew how funny it was, that these two older folks would soon be dealing with midnight feedings and changings.

As I began to collect the spiritual jokes, I noticed that no faith or tradition was without them. There were jokes about atheists, catholics, jews, presbyterians, even wiccans. These were not jokes that hid spiritual lessons, but laugh-out-loud (or groan) laffers.

Here are a few of the Bible jokes I collected:

Lying is a Sin

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.

Every hand went up.

The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

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