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We need to definitely not do that.
. . .bolstered by and fed by religion or ritual.
That would be the science of the sect, how not to feed the evil spirit and to let it wander in the desert without a home.
JDG 9:7 When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, "Listen to me, citizens of Shechem, so that God may listen to you. 8 One day the trees went out to anoint a king for themselves. They said to the olive tree, `Be our king.'
JDG 9:9 "But the olive tree answered, `Should I give up my oil, by which both gods and men are honored, to hold sway over the trees?'
JDG 9:10 "Next, the trees said to the fig tree, `Come and be our king.'
JDG 9:11 "But the fig tree replied, `Should I give up my fruit, so good and sweet, to hold sway over the trees?'
JDG 9:12 "Then the trees said to the vine, `Come and be our king.'
JDG 9:13 "But the vine answered, `Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and men, to hold sway over the trees?'
JDG 9:14 "Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, `Come and be our king.'
JDG 9:15 "The thornbush said to the trees, `If you really want to anoint me king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, then let fire come out of the thornbush and consume the cedars of Lebanon!'
Christ did not ignore satan or devils. As well neither did the apostles. As far as being impotent, tell that to Michael.
AC 19:13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out." 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.
No, saw the TV airing of the movie a few times. I was looking on Amazon and Barns and Nobles but since you gave the ending, I guess I don't have to buy the book now.
Have you read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende?
I guess your current view is that the world is not so bad.
I was reading Paul last night and it says nothing of a "new creation". Which I thought a bit odd, having been so indoctrinated in Revelation. And there was no mention in that section of a Satan being done away with, another divergence from Revelation. What I did find was people coming to be doers of good rather than evil.
Desiderata (Latin: "desired things"...) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945).
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Take a look at this painting rendered by Benozzo Gozzoli of the Three Women at the Tomb. Look closely at the expressions on their faces. What emotion do you experience through the face of the forward-most figure?
He was born Benozzo di Lese in the village of Sant'Ilario a Colombano around 1421, and moved with his family to Florence in 1427. According to Giorgio Vasari, in the early part of his career he was a pupil and assistant of Fra Angelico: some of the works in the convent of San Marco of Florence were executed by Gozzoli from Angelico's design
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Women at the Tomb (1440-1441) - Fresco, San Marco, Florence
Is it possible that all these questionable stories came about as "damage control", perpetually embroidered as the centuries passed?
Originally posted by Sigismundus
And that warped tradition ref: Mosheh ('Moses') making his infamous & allegedly 'illegal' Bronze Midianite Snake Idol Thingy for the benei Yisro'el to burn incense to (and then having the nerve to put it high up on a POLE ! - then having it moved to the Tabernacle, where it remained ensconced there for a couple of hundred years before being set up in the 1st 'Solomon's Temple of YHWH at Jerusalem until the time of Hezekiah, yet !) -- allegedly to protect the benei Yisro'el against flying-snake-bites, see Numbers 21:9ff) had (according to the paleoHebrew texts themselves ! ) been been a ['direct command' to make the Midianite Bronze Snake Idol Thingy (e.g. the Snake god Hapepi) from YHWH himself ! (talk about contradicting oneself within the space of a few chapters !)
Resurrection is the concrete holding xtianity together. It is only a concept and has not been proven. It is an illusory carrot on a stick. Afterlife has been used to make people conform through fear of condemnation. So I suppose the concept has been a valuable tool for mass behavior control.
Originally posted by pthena
People believed Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus died.
Originally posted by pthena
The resurrection became part of a circular argument. People believed Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus died. Rather than give up the idea, they convinced themselves that he was resurrected to become the future returning Messiah.
Once they convinced themselves of the resurrection, they then used the resurrection as proof that he was Messiah.
Pthena, there are two very different concepts within your thoughts here. One is resurrection; the second is Jesus as Messiah. One does not prove the other.
I am fully convinced that whatever Awesome Entity created us also has the power to resurrect us.
This is one reason to know, also, that the "Kingdom of God" is not of this decaying earthly realm. The idea of bringing the Kingdom of God on earth is an elaborate political plan of "British Israel". A very good outline of this scheme is the expose "Union Jack".
Now, the second point you bring up is Jesus as Messiah. Jesus was fully human, having the same divine spark we all have. Over a period of time, he was deified by pagans looking for a hero. He was debased by these pagans as having been a "human sacrifice". Prior to that, a goat would have been sufficient.
Jesus did not "take away" anyone's sins. It's an old Jewish sacrificial ritual (Yom Kippor) to rub your hands on a goats body or a chickens head to "transfer" your sins to the animal and then slaughter the animal in your place. It's all superstition and "scapegoating".
Originally posted by pthena
Don't mistake my opinions for Christianity. I totally don't qualify to be a Christian, because I don't hold basic Christian beliefs.