reply to post by sharati
Id like to back up a minute and propose a view from a little farther out that may help to put things into perspective.
I personally have pondered and read, studied and mulled over the many aspects of religion. The concept and even the conceivable intent of Gods
emergence into the mind of man.
When one reads the Bible, factual or not in its detail, its clear that its a book about the big picture. The entrance of mankind and his relationship
with the higher power that brought him to be.
In the early books of the Old testament, God sends his Word which is his voice and will to mankind and begins a process of revelation starting with
Adam and Eve, but really starting en-mass with Moses and the Exodus.
The Word of God coming to mankind, and getting mankind to comprehend him is a daunting task. The Exodus was an education to both the Israelites and
the Egyptians that there is something infinitely greater then both.
The introduction of law to mankind as dictated to Moses and its application into society produced a mountain of Laws, many of which were mans adaption
and interpolation into society.
The Book of Kings shows that even when the Lord gives Israel all they need, that even then they strayed and began honoring other fictional deities.
The appearance of Jesus, regardless of some of the details, presents a teaching and a command of Love everyone regardless. That in doing so you honor
him, and in honoring him, you bring honor to the Father.
The 1000 Mile up view is that mankind appears in an infinite universe, a probability of the impossible. That he is contacted by the Word which created
him, and mans ignorance and inability to comprehend or even want to comprehend, thus leads to the degradation of mankind.
When one considers the message of Jesus, and bypasses perhaps some of the details that seem highly improbable, we see a man full of Love, Compassion
and Forgiveness who carries within him the key that saves mankind from something which he knows not, and ultimately even himself.
Jesus is a Good man. His wish was for all of us to be like lone rangers. Helping others, being honest, and trustworthy and true.
His Vision was the way. His vision was life, and it is his vision, that was how we as men of Truth are supposed to be. Not all the hoopla and pomp of
religion, but people of integrity and goodness. The common ground between man and woman and all mankind. A common ground between nations in the midst
of humanity, be it Muslim or Jew, Christian or Pagan.
That within his way, that man will throw down his sword, and make a plow.
It is his vision, and it is mine.
We all need Love.
[edit on 29-4-2008 by HIFIGUY]