is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking
reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush
him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But,
if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than
that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage
which the universe has over him, the universe knows nothing of this.
All our dignity then,
consists in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by
space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor then, to
think well; this is the principle of morality."
- Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, writer and Christian philosopher
week most people of the Christian and Jewish faiths will celebrate
Palm Sunday, Passover and Good Friday; sadly religion will determine
just which of these Holy Days people will observe. Christians
will observe Palm Sunday and Good Friday and Jewish people will
observe Passover. This is an example of how religion has divided
us as a people. Christians should observe Passover as Jesus was
Jewish and Jewish people should observe Palm Sunday and Good Friday
because Jesus was a Jew. Yet, even with this as "fact"
the separations caused by religion continue to exist dating all the
way back to the 16th century. And even among the writings of the
scriptures we can find contradictions that cause us to question what
it is that we believe about the events of this Holy Week.
as my source, here are just a few of the confusing passages from the
Gospel writers: "There
are very significant differences among the synoptic gospels in their
stories of the crucifixion of Jesus, but the most important ones are
between the synoptics and the Gospel of John.
the synoptic gospels (The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
shared a similar view of the events of Jesus' life that John's Gospel
the Last Supper was the feast of the Jewish Passover, and Jesus was
crucified the next day. For theological reasons, John moves the
Passover so that Jesus is crucified on the Day of Preparation - the
day before the Passover (John 19:14).
the synoptic gospels, Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate for trial as
soon as it was morning and was crucified at the third hour (9
o'clock), but John says he was sent to be crucified at the
sixth hour (12 o'clock).
synoptic gospels differ as to the attitude of the two thieves
crucified with Jesus, while John's Gospel omits this passage
altogether. In Mark's Gospel, the original New Testament gospel, the
two thieves say nothing - they are just there alongside Jesus. In
Matthew's Gospel, the two thieves reviled Jesus, just like the mob
that watched on (Matthew 27:44): "The thieves also, which were
crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. " In Luke's
Gospel, only one of the malefactors reviled Jesus (Luke 23:39): "And
one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If
thou be Christ, save thyself and us." The other thief
repented (Luke 23:40-42): "But the other answering rebuked
him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same
condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of
our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto
Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom."
the synoptic gospels, no one of Jesus' acquaintance was at the cross,
although Mary and others stood afar off. In John's Gospel, Mary and
the 'disciple whom Jesus loved' were at the cross and Jesus told the
beloved disciple to look after Mary as if she were his own mother.
the introductory story in Mark's Gospel, all the subsequent gospels
added elaborations of their own. For example, Matthew says that
there was an earthquake and the dead rose up out of their graves and
walked into Jerusalem, where they were seen by many; John says that
the soldiers broke the legs of the other two, to hasten death, but
seeing that Jesus was already dead only speared him in the side."
(It should be noted that none of the disciples were at Jesus' trial or
It is easy to see how
"creative license" was taken in the writings of the Gospels
and this "creative license" is evident throughout most of
the New Testament of the Bible. Yet, this is understandable as I
am certain that Jesus was so beyond the understanding of even those
closest to him that it was impossible for them to write about these
events of his life without revealing that they lacked the
consciousness to fully fathom what in his mind was the great lesson
that he was to give to the world. What we do know is that his
entry into Jerusalem revealed that he was "fearless" in the
face of eminent capture and death on a cross. It has been
written that he entered Jerusalem with a sense of triumph and victory
that inspired all those gathered to witness the event. His
consciousness was so fully developed in the realization that his life
was at-one with the One Life of the Spirit of G-d that fear found no
place within him. His recognition of this Highest Truth
eliminated duality completely.
Dr. O. C. Smith
stated with certainty that "fear
is the child of an undeveloped consciousness."
in this simple, yet profound statement we can find a greater
understanding of why the Master Mind Jesus taught repeatedly that
"I and the Father are One" ... this "infinite I"
within him and within everyone is seeking to be recognized, identified
with and revealed through us. It is revealed as unconditioned
love in our consciousness and out-pictures in our life experiences as
faith and confidence that G-d, Infinite Spirit, is always available to
us ... just a "thought" away in times of trouble as we keep
faith with the Truth.
look at some more wisdom from Blaise Pascal: "In
faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough
shadows to blind those who don't. ... Man's greatness lies in his
power of thought."
In these few words, Blaise Pascal, has stated
what is so very apparent in our world today. There are those who
believe that we must accept everything that has been passed along
through the centuries regarding the life of the Master Mind
Jesus. Jesus, however, directed his teachings toward
Intelligence, that quality of the Infinite that created all in a
pattern of both Love and Law, both universal and personal to each of
us. Faith can lead us to a higher truth or it can be experienced
as the blind leading the blind. It is a choice that we all must
make. Our faith does not lack intelligence when we follow the
works of Jesus, yet it may be blinded by the conditions of faith
imposed upon us by religion. The Master Mind Jesus, in his
infinite wisdom allowed no conditions or limits to be imposed upon him
or his faith and realization of the All-ness of G-d ... and in this he
SO IT IS!
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