posted on Apr, 26 2009 @ 06:39 AM
There is a difference between the religion of Jesus and the religion about Jesus.
The religion of Jesus is about following in the example of Jesus and doing what he says. I look at his life as being the truth, the way and so
forth, and I view his death as a murder, a sacrifice of the truth so that the lie of this world may live.
The religion about Jesus are those who praise Jesus, do things in his name, but then don't do as he says. They praise Jesus and then do things like
war and such, rather than living as Jesus. They give good lip service, but their hearts and such are pretty far away.
What you will always point out as bad is the religion about Jesus. And that includes the church, Romans, half of the new testament and so forth.
These make up the majority of "Christians" today, because as you pointed out, they pretty much killed and forced anyone who didn't agree with their
These are generally people who take the bible "literally", say it is the "word of god" and so forth. But I am in no way trying to say this is
true of all, because there are always exceptions to the rule, especially among the good hearted who by inherit nature do good things. I think these
people do them in spite of, not because of, but that's another topic.
But, Christianity is a "new" religion since the time of Jesus. With it's "new" testament. It is in his name. It is did gain much power
politically. It does have a long history of wars and doing many "works" in the name of god and Jesus, but are obvious sins(as they killed and
broke commandments doing it), and killed those who didn't go along. And that is everything Christians
And if you look in the bible you will find that it basically comes down to those who follow Jesus(those who belong to the religion "of" Jesus), or
if you follow Paul. Paul's writings make up nearly half the NT, and he praises Jesus a lot, but then he twists and manipulates what Jesus said and
did. Big contradictions between Jesus and Paul.
Personally, I think it rather odd a man shows up after Jesus is dead, comes up with an obviously fake story about changing his ways - 3 different
versions in acts, and claims a very physical experience in each, and none of them even follow what the bible says will happen. And then this man
goes on and appeals to the Romans and makes up the writings for half of the "new" religion?
And if Jesus was real or not doesn't even matter. What is real for sure, and what you can know for sure is the understanding and such that he gives
is real. And it is.
Either way it's a story, and to argue if Jesus is real or not is to me like arguing over if the matrix is real or not. If you want to argue over
if Neo is real, and if the machines are real or not, then you missed the point of the movie. What is "real" about the matrix movie is the
understanding it gives about society today. And that is also the same kind of understanding Jesus gives and gave back then. That is why he
speaks in parables and such alot.
But personally, I don't really find it that hard to believe that a man back then had such understandings and did such things. If not Jesus, then
obviously the writers of the story did actually understand those things. And I understand those things, so that is what matters.
If someone proved to me Jesus is not literally real, it would have the same effect as someone proving to me that Neo from the matrix is real.
[edit on 26-4-2009 by badmedia]