The Bad Banana Bunch
An Allegory    Article dA

Note, although this allegory might seem a bit too childish and humorous at places, please rather than taking offense at such, seriously consider the moral and vital message this allegory bears out.

Their was once in the jungles of Africa a region that grew the best tasting bananas in Africa.  Yet within this region their was a tribe that had the strong religious belief that bananas were very evil and harmful.  Thus parents in this tribe emphatically taught all their children from little up to not eat bananas.  Yet numerous bad Indian children disobeyed their parents and on the sneak ate these tasty bananas anyway.       dA-1
Among those bad and disobedient children that ate bananas there were many problems, they lied about eating bananas, they stole bananas, and they often fought and quarreled.  The bad children that ate bananas made up a very bad bunch, and which bunch became known as the bad banana bunch.  Further as children from the bad banana bunch grew up and got married, they also quarreled with the one they married and were unkind to one another.  Quite often they allured another banana eaters husband or wife and committed adultery, and jealousy and even murders sometimes would result.      dA-2
This Indian tribe in seeing the terrible problems among those who ate bananas, earnestly taught their children to not eat bananas.  Many great books were written about the great dangers and terrible evils of eating bananas.  Yet there were always some bad children in this tribe who disobeyed their parents and ate bananas anyway and soon found themselves within the bad banana bunch.  Thus no matter how much bananas were spoken against, it seemed many Indians were always found in the bad banana bunch.      dA-3
One day a missionary came to this tribe and tried to tell these Indians that bananas were a good and healthy food, and said that although the bad banana bunch indeed was a very bad bunch, that eating bananas wasn't the problem at all.  He said the reason the bad banana bunch was so bad was not because of bunches of bananas but rather because only bad ones were in their bunch.  Yet these Indians in seeing how bad the bad banana bunch was, and all their lives being taught this badness was because of eating bananas in no way would believe him, and tried to drive him out of their land, and would have killed him had not a great storm come up and greatly darkened the day allowing him to disguise himself and get away.      dA-4
This missionary in knowing how the commandments of men can become so entrenched in people, and how they can seem so real to people as in this tribes vivid experience with bananas and the bad banana bunch, hardly knew what to do to reveal the truth to them.  Yet he in his great zeal for truth simply would not give up his goal of revealing the truth about bananas to them.  Thus slowly through much patience and careful teaching he began revealing to them that bananas were not the problem with the bad banana bunch at all.  Thus in time many honest Indians started eating bananas, although with caution and while being on the lookout for any bad affects.  Then when all the good Indians started eating bananas just like the bad Indians in the bad banana bunch, and without getting bad like them, they were totally astounded and were convinced that bananas were not bad nor the problem after all.  The missionary then said that in his home land far across the sea, many people would say that their law against eating bananas was totally bananas, since the word bananas in his native tongue could also mean ridiculous.       dA-5
The good missionary then told these Indians that in his homeland across the sea there were yet many Indians who just like them thought particular foods were bad, and thus blamed such foods as the reason the Indians who ate them were so bad.  Yet like them were all in error.  The missionary further said "it's not so much what goes into the Indian's mouth that makes the Indian bad, but what is in the Indian's heart and comes out of it that makes him bad".  He said "the Son of the Great Spirit, even said 'Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the Indian... But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the Indian.'" (Matt 15:8&18).  He further said, "the book of the Great Spirit even says, that to the pure all things are pure" (Rom 14:20, Tit 1:15).       dA-6
The missionary then said that in his home land across the sea, a particularly large tribe firmly believed that wine was a liquid of sin and Satan, and even though the Son of the Great Spirit Himself drank some, and the book of the Great Spirit says it can do good if not too much is drank.  This tribe thus very emphatically taught all their children from little up, that wine is something that is very bad to drink.  Yet some bad children on the sneak drank wine anyway and these made up a very very bad bunch, firstly because only bad ones were in their bunch and secondly because they even drank too much of it!  Thus this bunch indeed was a very bad bunch and became known as the bad wine bunch, and seemed to even be a worse bunch than the bad banana bunch.      dA-7
This missionary further said in his home land across the big water, another particular tribe believed that the beauty that God had given to woman was a bad beauty.  This tribe thus by both example and teaching very much advocated that the beauty of woman was bad, and something that should be obscured and avoided.  This tribe therefore had many strong traditions of obscuring and hindering the beauty of their squaws, and taught their children it was very bad to not follow their traditions.  Thus it was only the bad and disobedient Indians from this tribe who broke their traditions, and who allowed their squaws to make themselves beautiful.  Among those bad Indians their were many problems.  The husbands in this bunch often fought and quarreled with their beautiful wives, they allured another's beautiful wife to themselves, they carelessly divorced and remarried and indeed were a very bad bunch.  The missionary said, "another bunch called Hollywood, and this bunch had too many similarities."  He said this bunch because of it's badness became known as the bad beauty bunch and had many similarities to the bad banana bunch as well as to the bad wine bunch.  The Indians in this tribe in seeing the badness of those in the bad beauty bunch were even the more convinced the beauty of woman was a bad beauty.       dA-8
Although this particular tribe very much believed the beauty of woman was bad and thus had many ridged traditions of obscuring their squaws beauty, for some reason it still seemed when the men of their tribe got married they still chose a squaw that they thought was beautiful to look upon.  It also was quite obvious that many squaws in their tribe still tried hard to be beautiful, even though convenient and popular ways of doing it were thought to be very bad and were greatly avoided.  The squaws of this tribe in trying to be beautiful, while yet being obedient to their anti beauty traditions (and which in some ways greatly harmed their beauty), often times would go to far away villages and shops to try to find the most beautiful moccasins, skins, and buttons they could wear within their tribe's traditions.  Sometimes it even seemed their squaws put more time and effort into trying to be beautiful in their handicapped way, than the squaws of other tribes who freely allowed themselves to be beautiful and who did not even believe that the beauty of squaws was bad.  The missionary in observing these things said, "something seemed very wrong."  The missionary further said that many years ago in another tribe, similar to this tribe, their squaws were so veiled that they could only see with one eye.  He said they were doing this clear back in famous Apostle Paul's day, and said Paul quite obviously did not approve of this veiling and thus said woman rather should be covered with long hair and which he said was a glory to her and was given to her for or instead of a veil (1 Cor 11:15).  "Yet" the missionary said, "various tribes have continued to wear various forms of veils clear down till our time, as is seen among the Catholite nans and among the small tribes of the Armish and Menotites, as well as the large tribe of the Moslins."       dA-10
The missionary then tenderly told these dear Indians that neither bananas, or wine, or the beauty of woman were bad if dealt with in discretion and as the Great Spirit intended.  He said, "concerning bananas, wine, and the special beauty of woman they all can be enjoyed in righteousness, although excess in anything must be guarded against".  He said "God even wants and expects the Indian to enjoy the good things He has created for him, but yet therewith very much also expects every Indian to honor Him and to thank Him for making those good things". (Psa 84:11, 1 Tim 6:17, 1 Thes 5:18).  The missionary yet added, "even though chiefs should not forbid bananas, still no Indian should demand another Indian whose conscience yet hurts about bananas to eat them."  He said, "no Indian anywhere should be despised if he for conscience sake cannot eat bananas or drink wine" (Rom 14:1-3).  He said "the issue of, "bananas or no bananas, or wine or no wine, is not near as important as the issue of being kind and loving to one another."     dA-11
The missionary then emphatically spoke to these Indians about the laws and ways of the Great Spirit saying, "all the laws of the Great Spirit are good laws and which simply require every Indian to love and respect the Great Spirit and other Indians as he ought (Matt 22:37-40)."  He said, "the laws of the Great Spirit by no means are designed or intended to intentionally pain or deprive the Indian, but rather are laws which are intended to keep one Indian from being bad to the other Indian, and really make the Indian free, and are laws of liberty (John 8:32, Jam 1:25, 2:12)."       dA-12
The good missionary further said "as the Indian rightly loves and respects the Great Spirit he must walk and live humbly before Him."  He said, "the Great Spirit naturally expects every man to walk and live humbly before Him because He is so much bigger than any man".  He said, "He is so big He can send and stop storms, and can do great miracles, and what man on earth can do that!"  Further the missionary said "it is ridiculous for any Chief or Indian to try to impress the Great Spirit how good he is, because the only reason any man can be good is because the Great Spirit helped make him good".  He said "man by nature is very bad, and thus even when the Indian is a very little child, he does bad things to his little brother and when he gets big he still does bad things to others, if the Great Spirit did not make him good.  He said, "the Great Spirit shows man his badness and then those who listen to Him He makes nice, and this is like being born a second time".  He said, "the Indian who is born the second time, does nice things because God has made him nice, and he wants to do nice things, and not only because he must do nice things, and he even prays for and does nice things to his enemies".  He said, "when the Indian is born a second time he actually becomes a child of the Great Spirit!"       dA-13
The good missionary further said, "sometimes Chiefs and Indians rather than walking humbly with the Great Spirit as they ought, would like to impress God and other Indians with their own goodness and strongness.  They in doing this sometimes rigidly and permanently deprive themselves of nice things such as the Great Spirit created for the Indian to enjoy, thinking to show the Great Spirit and their tribe how good, strong, and austere they can be.  Yet he said, "when Chiefs or Indians take on self chosen laws as this, too often before long they make laws that the whole tribe must deprive themselves of those things as they did, and which brings difficulty and falsity upon the whole tribe."  Further he said, "that is really how your bad law against bananas, and many other bad laws got started nearly 2000 years ago."  The Indians in hearing this were greatly grieved at the vain beginning of their banana law, and how they had been so misled by it.  The missionary then said "your tribes erroneous law against bananas yet has not caused the Indian near the pain and difficulty as the bad laws of those chiefs which were opposed to marriage and the blessings God intended therein.  He then with tears said, "for many centuries many marriages have been needlessly troubled and many blessings missed because of such bad laws.  He said Apostle Paul even said those bad laws that disallowed marriage and intimacy are the doctrine of Devils (1 Tim 4:1-3)!       dA-14
The missionary then speaking to these Indians about the other usage of the word banana (as sometimes used in their language) said, "although some tribes, and especially those of the western society, are sort of embarrassed to speak about this type of banana and which the Great Spirit naturally gives to every male child, such bananas yet are a most important issue of life."  He said an ancient tribe called the Israetites even circumcised all the foreskins of the bananas of their sons.  He said that although this kind of bananas obviously can be very misused, that yet the Great Spirit made them to greatly bless the Indian as they are controlled and used rightly.  "Yet", the missionary said "some great chiefs many years ago believed these bananas were mostly all bad, and thus taught their tribe they were strictly to be used for making more Indians, and even though the Great Spirit's book says "let thy fountain be blessed and be always ravished with your wife's loves and breasts, and says many other things which reveal that this kind of banana is not only for making more Indians" (Pro 5:18-19, Song 1:2, 4:10, 1 Cor 7:2-9, Heb 13:4).  The missionary said that the large tribe called the Catholits, because of thinking that these bananas were so bad, finally even passed a law that none of their chiefs should marry, to thus make inactive their chief's bananas, which law, he said, "although being greatly bananas, was still largely in affect today among their tribe."  Further, he said, "too often the bananas of these chiefs then are not inactive anyway, and these chiefs simply end up using their bananas in a wrong way rather than in the good way as the Great Spirit intended.  This really is very sad and has caused great trouble within their tribe", the missionary added with tears.  The missionary then said, "it also is very sad that many little Indian boys grow up to be big and tall Indians without knowing the truth about how to really deal with their own bananas, and likewise is sad that many Indian tribes even greatly disagree among themselves about how Indians should deal with their own bananas.  He said, "thus all Indians should earnestly pray that the Great Spirit would teach them how to handle and deal with their own bananas, since so many of man's teachings about bananas are greatly bananas."  He said, "when Indians are not sufficiently or rightly taught about their own bananas, such also results in a bad banana bunch, although a bad banana bunch of another sort."       dA-15
The missionary further said, "even after little Indian boys and girls grow big and tall and get married, too often they still are in ignorance about these things, and might even feel guilty or uneasy about their new banana relation and thus cannot be blessed with it as the Great Spirit intended."  He said, "the Indian bride very much needs to also be taught how to deal with and to handle her inverted banana, or else she might never experience the vital orgasm and pleasure in the banana relation such as the Great Spirit also intended for squaws to experience, and which if lacked will hinder the couple from properly bonding to one another and which bond is very important to a happy marriage.  The new couple thus very much should be taught about banana things, and should know that their banana things are not strange, or bad, or just for making more Indians, as some chiefs and tribes have wrongly taught", the missionary added.       dA-16
The missionary then sadly said, "numerous ancient chiefs, like Augustine, who were opposed to marriage and intimacy seemed to also be opposed to anything that the Indian might enjoy, and thus also were opposed to beautiful singing and music".  He said, "it appears these chiefs wrongly tried to appease the Great Spirit by not enjoying nice things and by enduring hard things, and then ended up making laws that all Indians must do like they did and which brought great errors and difficulty among all the tribes."  He said "it appears these chiefs too much wanted to earn heaven by making themselves strong and being big and strong Indians, and even though the Son of the Great Spirit said,  'Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."  (Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17).  He said "the ascetic and austere teachings of the famous chief Augustine not only greatly influenced the beliefs of the large Catholite tribe, but also have influenced the beliefs of many other tribes throughout the world, and even including the small tribes of the Armish and Menotites."  The missionary further said he was afraid many Indians from these tribes instead of coming to heavens door like thankful little children, might come there deep inside feeling like sort of special Indians who endured many hard things and did many hard things to now be allowed to get in at the beautiful door, but then will be so disappointed because the door keeper will say this is a place only for those who are like humble little children, and for those who were thankfully walking in the freedom and liberty of the Great Spirit before.     dA-17
The missionary then again told these dear Indians, which he had learned to greatly love, that the laws and ways of the Great Spirit are good, and said the Great Spirit very much wants the Indian to enjoy the good things which He created for them, and then wants to be greatly praised for them.  He said, "a very good ancient chief called David and who even killed a giant, was so happy about how good God was, and about His good laws and ways, it seemed he could hardly stop praising Him!"  Yet the missionary sadly said, "the commandments of men and doctrines of Devils have often completely misconstrued God's very good laws insomuch that they rather than making man free as they are supposed to, bring man into great bondage."  The missionary then shaking his head said "it is incredible, yet true that very many bad Indians in the bad banana bunch and other similar bad bunches, angrily curse the Great Spirit because of His laws and ways, not knowing that those laws that they contribute to Him are not His laws at all but rather are the doctrines of Devils!       dA-18
The good missionary then called the Indians from the bad banana bunch, who had not yet heard any of his teachings (as they had been quite despised and separated from the rest of the tribe), and also told them of the good laws of the Great Spirit and how they are to bless the Indian rather than to harm him.  Thus in due time many Indians even from the bad banana bunch turned to the truth and became children of the Great Spirit.  These now thanked the Great Spirit for bananas and for bananas of all kinds, rather then participating in them on the sneak and with guilt.  Before this time really no Indians in many tribes could really enjoy bananas.  No, not even those in the bad banana bunch, as they always participated with a tinge of guilt and unease.  But now their whole tribe could enjoy bananas with peace and joy.  Their thus was great rejoicing in that tribe as the Gospel was preached in their cities (Acts 8:5-8)!  The missionary then sadly told them that many tribes of Indians around the world were still in bondage to the oppressive laws of men, and doctrines of Devils, even though not in bondage to their particular banana law.  He said "such Indians also very much need the Gospel preached to them."  And asked "who will go?"      dA-20
The good missionary further said that the Great Spirit has two big promises for those Indians who become his children.  He said, the child of the Great Spirit has a promise of blessing for the life that now is, and a promise of that life which is to come (1 Tim 4:8).  He said, the promise of the life that is to come holds even rewards much greater than hunting in the happy hunting lands.  At this these Indians were filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Pet 1:8).  The good missionary yet warned all the Indians saying that although the Indian doesn't need to bear manmade crosses such as abstaining from bananas or similar man made laws (which often are bananas), that yet the Indian must bear the cross of denying himself to share his goods with the poor Indian, and the cross of unselfishly trying to help other Indians learn the truth and also become children of the Great Spirit.  He further said "yet not every thing is lawful for the Indian to allow or do, and man must deny himself of those things.  But really" he said, "in the long run those things only cause the Indian trouble and pain anyway, and what denial is that?"  The good missionary then soberly added, "as the Indian firmly stands for the truth and tries to convince other Indians of the truth, he might even get killed as I almost did as I at the first tried to tell you that bananas were good food."  Yet the good missionary comforted them saying, "the Great Spirit promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you and that He will be with you until the end of the world" (Matt 28:20, Heb 13:5).       dA-21
The missionary then told them that the greatest difficulty with preaching the Gospel to the many tribes around the world is that most every tribe thinks it already has right beliefs.  He said, "and they often are just as sure they are right as you were that you were right, when I first came to you and tried to tell you your belief about bananas was bananas.  Remember how you chased me away and even tried to kill me" he added, as a look of deep regret crossed their faces, and they hung their heads.  He further said, "a certain very famous tribe called the Israeltites, was so sure their ways and beliefs were right that even when the Son of the Great Spirit with great power and miracles tried to convince them their beliefs and ways were not good, they still could not believe or imagine their ways were bad."  The missionary then with big tears said, "the chiefs in this tribe even got so angry at the Son of the Great Spirit that they hung him on a cross and killed him and even though there was no badness in Him at all!"  Yet the missionary then smiling said, "even in all this the Great Spirit had a great plan, and He knowing all things and knowing this would happen, had predetermined that when His Son dies like this, His death would pay for the badness of all those Indians who believe in and listen to His Son."  He said, "no Indian, even if very sad about his old badness can by himself pay for his old sins.  Yet", he said, "all Indians, who confess their badness and believe the Great Spirit's Son's death paid for their sins, still can very much be forgiven of all their badness."  The missionary then added, "many in the Israetite tribe were so sure their beliefs and ways were right that even after the Son of God with great power arose from the dead, they still would not believe that their ways were bad."     dA-22
The missionary further said, "although most every tribe thinks it's religious beliefs to be very right, that yet very often their beliefs seem so right, simply because the tribe is so greatly accustomed to them.  He said, "after man is very accustomed to certain beliefs and ways, those ways often seem very right, even if they have no real basis, similar to how people without real basis often strongly feel those kinds of foods and meats which they are very accustomed to are the right things to eat, while other animals and foods seem very bad to eat."  He said, "yet the tribe on one side of the sea often thinks certain kinds of animals to be bad to eat, while the tribe on the other side of the sea believes totally different, and neither tribe can hardly imagine eating the strange animals and foods the other tribe thinks to be good and right, and while all this feeling of rightness largely has no true basis but only seems right because of being accustomed to it.  The missionary then sadly said, "that is just too often how the religious beliefs of the different tribes throughout the world, without solid reason, yet feel so right to those accustomed to them."  He said, "that is why no man can simply go by the way that seems right to him, but must carefully and honestly study the Book of the Great Spirit to learn what is really right", and is why every Indian should earnestly cry out to the Great Spirit to teach him what is really true" (Pro 16:25, Jer 10:23, Psa 61:2, 2 Tim 2:15).  He then encouraged these Indians to also go to a place called ", as that place he said, carefully examines the Book of the Great Spirit and reveals many important and good things about the Great Spirit.  The good missionary had learned to greatly love these Indians and then in departing from them with many tears and kisses said "best wishes and farewell".  He then left them some important verses from the Great Spirit's book to memorize after he was gone and which verses read as follows;      dA-23
(Titus 1:14)  "Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth."      dA-24
(Gal 5:14)  "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."      dA-25
(Mat 7:12)  "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."      dA-26
(Psa 119:45)  "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts."      dA-27
(John 8:32)  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."      dA-28
(Prov 29:18)  "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."      dA-30
(Titus 1:15)  "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."      dA-31
(Gal 5:1)  "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."      dA-32
(Deu 30:19)  "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"      dA-33
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