posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 03:14 PM
reply to post by Akragon
Yes, the apostles wrote many things about Jesus, what he said, what he did, who he was... but they don't all agree... furthermore, the localization
of the tales passed along became intertwined with regional tales that weren't universally consistent with each other; despite the fact that the
stories all claimed to be from the followers of Jesus.
Saul of Tarsus offended many by not restricting the faith to Jews alone; but his will prevailed somehow.. erasing forever (ostensibly) the idea that
who one's ancestors slept with had anything to do with spiritual salvation.
The collection of quotes and stories Christians call the bible is - in reality - a compromise reached by the Nicene council to pave the way for mass
distribution of texts - this enables a 'standardized' doctrine. In other words, it was a politically expedient thing. As proof you need only
consider the presence of the "Apocrypha" a collection of books which despite not 'fitting' the compromise, could not be simply erased from the
cultures that embraced them over the centuries.
The bible has evolved to conform to the values of different peoples - and in some cases "a person", and there are too many versions of it standing
as evidence to deny this reality.
That one quote where Jesus speaks of the laws he did not come to destroy but fulfill, is fertile ground for the vain self-righteousness of zealots who
won't even admit they can not be certain as to which laws he was referring to exactly, let alone if it was the entirety of the traditional Jewish
tenets. Matthew may not have been speaking of all laws, but of the contextually relevant one's framing the argument in that portion of the text.
Frankly, the real question has to be about the nature of divinely inspired scripture, is it ALL divinely inspired? Even the apparent contradictions?
If so, what message is that conveying? Is there truth to the enigmatic quasi numerological subtext embedded in the scripture, and whose work is that?
Is it "God's Code?" - some say yes... did Jesus "use" that code"? Did his disciples? Or wasn't that hermetic knowledge that certain sects
restricted to their own purposes? Was it only a matter of the Septuagint? Who will answer... and will there not be dissent?
Sorry to pound your Op with all this 'non-answer' but well.. you got me thinking... and I couldn't stop myself.