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Weekly Message for April 21, 2019

 
               The authors of the books of the New Testament of the Bible, especially the Gospels, did their best to try to explain the life of the Master Mind Jesus.  However, consciousness cannot be explained unless it is shared and no one had the consciousness of the Master Mind Jesus in the era in which he lived on Earth.  Most unfortunately, the Christian religion by and large has never attempted to evolve his teachings to a greater understanding.  Yet, Jesus, himself, was attempting to evolve religious teachings.  There are examples in the Gospels where he in fact rejected the dogma of religion due to the fact that the religious shunned a greater enlightenment.  For this reason, the people feared him and then this seasoned fear turned into hatred.  Even today, few Christian churches will teach anything contrary to the same teachings of centuries past.  Even though his original recorded teachings have been changed; added to, subtracted from and misunderstood, here we are in 2019 with millions of people observing his death as the symbol of the forgiveness of their sins and hoping to see him in the Christian heaven unpopulated with unbelievers.  The Master Mind Jesus said that "the father" is Spirit (the unseen Intelligence that permeates the universe) and not some god made in man's image ... religion didn't get it!

              Reza Aslan an internationally acclaimed writer and religions scholar wrote a very controversial book about the life of Jesus which was published in 2013.  Any book that makes religious people nervous or angry always gets my attention.  His background gives him outstanding credentials to write such a book.  From Wikipedia:  Aslan's family came to the United States from Tehran in 1979, fleeing the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 15 he converted to evangelical Christianity. He converted back to Islam the summer before attending Harvard. This fact alone contributes to much of the criticism of his writings about Jesus even though he earned a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, there are those who refuse to even read his book because he returned to Islam.

              It was Aslan's willingness to pursue the historical facts of Jesus' life and his respect for what Jesus achieved that attracted me to his book; Zealot:  The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.  I found these words very compelling: 
“These abiding words of the Beatitudes are, more than anything else, a promise of impending deliverance from subservience and foreign rule. They predict a radically new world order wherein the meek inherit the earth, the sick healed, the weak become strong, the hungry are fed, and the poor are made rich. In the Kingdom of God, wealth will be redistributed and debts canceled. “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” ... “The choice between James’s vision of a Jewish religion anchored in the Law of Moses and derived from a Jewish nationalist who fought against Rome, and Paul’s vision of a Roman religion that divorced itself from Jewish provincialism and required nothing for salvation save belief in Christ, was not a difficult one for the second and third generations of Jesus’ followers to make.  Two thousand years later, the Christ of Paul’s creation has utterly subsumed the Jesus of history. The memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history.
             “The memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history. That is a shame. Because the one thing any comprehensive study of the historical Jesus should hopefully reveal is that Jesus of Nazareth—Jesus the man—is every bit as compelling, charismatic, and praiseworthy as Jesus the Christ. He is, in short, someone worth believing in.” 

        I think the words,
"someone worth believing in" is something that most everyone can agree with.  Reza Aslan, for a period of time was an Evangelical Christian and perhaps it was this exposure, although some Evangelical sects can be extreme, which gave him insight into how Jesus is felt in the hearts of those who believe in him.  In my own personal experience, I have found that it is more important for me to "believe him" then it is to "believe in him." The Master Mind Jesus called us to "believe the works that I do" and in this he was telling us to look at the facts, not the fairytales or the myths, in order to make our decision to either believe him or not.  In Aslan's book, we can find the historical facts that even Jesus' detractors and enemies could not discount his "works" ... although misunderstood and labeled as "magic" his works could not be denied.  They were, although seemingly miraculous, facts, and considered “miracles” only because no one, knew what “caused” them.

Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
(Reverend Dr.)

                            

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