ok. first off, i want to state that i would consider myself to be associated with the christian faith, however i seat my faith in my own
understandings of the Word.
a translation i like of genesis states right off the bat: in the beginning there was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
this translation from the Hebrew in it's orginal Herbrew would seem pretty repetitive as it would simply be a variation of the same "word" three times
laying the ground work for the later trinity right out of the gate. the Word and the name of God being the combination of the first and last letters
of the Hebrew aleph-bet.
what makes this so powerful in meaning for me is no matter how it has been translated since, assuming it was translated properly into Hebrew in the
first place, you can construct your own name for God. now im not saying that this is the right thing to do, but God has many names to begin with
anyway because of this.
the same "schema" for a religion exists pretty much in every culture. much like the telephone game where a message is passed along a line of people
from ear to ear, these stories of cosmogenesis have passed from person to person over the ages and was finally put down onto paper (more than likely
originally in some variation of cuneiform). many of the stories in the bible (mroe specifically the torah) can be related to those found in sumerian
the main thing you want to get out of genesis is the introduction of the knowledge of good and evil to man. no matter how you try to interperet this
the brass tax lies in the concept of duality or opposites in this case. the hindu, if i am not mistaken, refer to the physical plane as the world of
opposites. within this world everything has its opposite and in as much there exists a karmic bond between everything. the old cliche "what goes
around comes around." this is also seen in the teachings of jesus (which i saw mentioned in another reply) "offer up the other cheek." if you know
that you have done something wrong at some point in your life, then why not accept punishment for it? the price for original since is death, but only
God can execute this punishment. God came to earth in the form of a man, his own Son, and paid this price for all of mankind and forgave us all
Holy Spirit, assuming we accept these teachings and learn from them.
i believe in reincarnation. Jesus is a prime example of a reincarnated soul. we know it is possible, if we believe this. this doesn't stray far from a
buddhist/hindu concept of reincarnation and karmic principles. depending on your karma you may or may not be welcome in certain circles in your
reincarnated life. the concept of a heaven on earth or even a hell/purgatory on earth is not that foreign to other religions and if reincarnation is
possible within a christian paradigm then it is even conceivable that heaven is a place on earth within a christians' perspective.
many people (imho) are beginning to realize that they can find their own way to spiritual or religious "contentment" through their own self initiated
redefinition of their old religious beliefs.
an example of redefinition of a philosophy that has been warped over time is that of bruce li and kung-fu. he attempted to show the world how this
martial ART had been mis-interpreted and forgotten over the years. he attempted to reorganize a tradition that had been lost through time, but many
(imho) could not see it. it isn't much of a stretch to say that bruce li did for martial arts what Jesus did for judaism. (i would like to clarify i
am NOT trying to say bruce li was some sort of prophet, but merely a great thinker and philosopher who was misunderstood in his own time)
if you made it this far i hope that what i have said made some sense to you on some level. it took me decades to come to some of the smallest
conclusions on what to believe and how to interpret some of what i have talked about here, i only hope that these few examples and analogies help the
OP in his quest of understanding as i can sympathize with his position.
edit on 21-3-2011 by thegiftbearer because: (no reason given)