I told you in the stories about forgiveness, that the universe does not forgive because the universe does not blame. I don’t believe in a God that forgives. I don’t believe in a God that blames. I’ve just explained my belief of Jesus sacrifice as allowing us an opportunity to believe we are connected to God. Was Jesus only sent to give us an out? No. He also gave us the ultimate example of how to live. He taught us what is important.
I haven’t made up my mind. But I definitely don’t doubt the possibility of a virgin birth. The universe doesn’t need any interaction from man to create. I don’t believe the Bible to be fiction.
I do believe that over the numerous translations and transcriptions of the original text it has been twisted to fit an organization’s motives.
I guess this part is purely speculative. I don’t know anything about King James or the people that translated the Bible during his reign. Whether they used original text or another translation. I have no clue how to read Arabic, Aramaic, or any of the original text of the bible. I have no desire to learn any of these things.
I have a desire to question why its been 2000 years and no one is doing anything close to what Jesus did. When he told us, we would do greater.
The King James Version of the Bible is the most widely used version ever. When I think about the crusaders and their destruction in the name of Christianity. When I think about Waco, Texas. When I think about being called a fag for getting my ears pierced. I have to question if King James had any input on how the Bible was translated.
A king is only in power because of people who are dependent and submissive. It is possible that he had these transcribers slightly twist the original context of the bible to fit his need for submissive dependency. Did he create a brand of Christianity that fits the cause of the crown?
Is it possible that John 1:1 originally said: My way is the way of the truth and the light. Not: I am the way the truth and the light. Is it possible that John…who was only of the four “Gospels,” (writings of Jesus’s life) that made it into the Bible? Mary Magdoline wrote about Jesus. There are 13 other books that didn’t make it into the bible as we know it. The Catholics use them. They are called the Apocrypha. These books were left out because they didn’t meet some certain criteria. Was that criteria the “need for a crown?” …Is it possible that John’s view was a little off?
We’ve all heard John 3:16. Obviously, John thought very highly of Jesus. Matthew depicts Jesus as a humble teacher. He shows us Jesus the teacher with the sermon on the mount and the Beatitudes. There may be similarities in the books of Matthew and John. But, it is a stark contrast between heavenly savior of the world and humble teacher.
It’s no wonder Christians will recommend reading the book of John first when starting to read the New Testament. Go read about the unattainable first, not the humble teacher.
Whose view was right? They almost contradict each other.
The hell if I know who was right. That’s why I choose to question and believe in the Jesus that makes sense to me. An extremely enlightened, definitely divine, we are all divine, individual. Teaching by example.
All his teachings were important but if I had to put one above the others it would be, don’t chase after the money. He was born into a wealthy, royal lineage. Yet he chose to teach, inspire, help, give, and serve. He taught us a valuable lesson. The money will come when we need it. He sent his disciples around the country with nothing. Knowing that everything they needed would be provided when they needed it.
He taught us to meditate regularly. Christians call this praying. I was told growing up that meditation was of the devil. It’s the same fucking thing! Christians pray to connect with their God, I meditate to connect with mine. Same damn thing.
He taught us to live our own lives and not to get caught up in what other people do with theirs. He literally told Peter to mind his own business. Shit, he even told his own mom to mind her own business. I don’t feel like going to look this up but I’m pretty sure he told her: “Why were you looking for me woman? Don’t you know I’m about my father’s business?”
I know I’m oversimplifying a bit. But, this isn’t rocket science. The lesson’s Jesus taught was quite simple. Think, question. Pray/meditate, love. Chase after the dream don’t chase after the money, live your own life.
So that’s 2, in my eyes, completely plausible reasons for the need to send Jesus that don’t exactly fit Christianity’s dependency on Jesus. 1: Teaching us and setting an example. 2: Giving us an out so we can accept and acknowledge that God is living in us.
The bible clearly tells us God will not do for us what we can do for ourselves. It’s no wonder Christians get frustrated when they want something to change. They become fully dependent on Jesus to change it for them and nothing happens.
I did this over and over again with the same result. I’d want to quit smoking, so I’d give it to Jesus. That’s what he’s there for right? If I ask for anything in the name of Jesus it will be given to me, right? No. Why? Because there is very little we can’t do for ourselves.
I would place my dependency on Jesus time and time again. Time and time again I would be let down. Only to be told that yes, my prayers had been answered. God just said no. This is the go-to answer for when Jesus didn’t fix my problems. I was told, God just said no, a lot. I was rarely told he said no because I have the ability to fix it myself.
Being dependent on Jesus isn’t just my view of Christianity. This is the foundation of religion. Casting all your cares upon him and praying in the name of Jesus is what you will hear within the first 5 minutes of becoming a Christian. Go ask any Christian how to get “saved.” In some wording or another, they will say you must believe that Jesus is the only way to get to God. Dependency on the word God. No thanks!
In no way shape or form am I saying that the way I view Jesus and his reasons for coming to earth are facts. They are just my chosen opinions. They allow me to truly appreciate what Jesus did for us. It wasn’t long ago I despised the name Jesus because of the way Christians use it as a circle placing everything on him. This dependency strips people of ever knowing how great the mind is.
I was telling a friend yesterday about the movie, “The Lamp,” great movie! If you haven’t seen it, watch it. A struggling couple comes across an old oil lamp. As you know old oil lamps have a genie! The genie will grant this couple 3 wishes. Typical lamp, typical genie. Nope. These wishes have a twist. Genie will not grant them anything they can accomplish for themselves. No wishes were granted in this movie. I don’t even remember any wishes asked for. The couple ends up with way more than they ever thought to ask for. They are more grateful for their genie than Aladdin ever was for his.
I used to be Aladdin. Happy I had a Jesus genie that could fix all my problems. Unlike Aladdin, my wishes weren’t granted, and I didn’t understand why.
Now, I’m like this couple. My Jesus genie has told me he isn’t going to fix a damn thing I can fix myself. But, unlike the couple’s genie, Jesus has given me a manual to help me accomplish things myself.
I’m so much more grateful for Jesus and his life now with these new views of him than I ever was in my 20 plus years as a Christian.
I try not to label myself in any way. I don’t label myself as a Christian. The crazy part is I have become a true Christian. The word Christian does not mean Christ follower. It means Christ-like. By questioning and thinking for myself like he told us to. By loving, helping, sharing, saving. I am Christ-like.
I feel the need to restate that these are just my views and opinions and should not be considered fact unless you truly believe them as well. Also, I have seriously oversimplified, at least in the aspect of Jesus’s teachings. Yes, he told us to live our own lives. This is not to be mistaken for indifference or believing that disregard for another human is ok just because you have the right to view it as ok.
I want to propose a test to the religious fanatics I’ve just pissed off.
This one’s for you. If you think I’m fulfilling prophesy of one world religion and new age thinking by presenting an option that is different than yours, go do something with your life.
If you automatically think someone who presents a new idea is the anti-Christ, well, you know there are prerequisites for the anti-Christ. Tall, dark, handsome. Intelligent, multiple languages, etc.
Me: Intelligent, yes. Above average height, tan, handsome, close enough. I fall short on multiple languages though, unless you consider shorthand txt like WTF ROTFLMAO w/ da BFF #Ellentube @ #mypad. I’m pretty good at this.
I don’t know if you guys are stuck in proven method mode and can’t see past what you’ve been told to believe, or if you’re stuck in imagination land. You need to switch mindsets for a better perspective of what I’ve presented.
Cheers to my haters!