reply to post by StringTh
I completely agree with you, and your analogy was excellent.
I've mentioned repeatedly that Jesus was preaching to a very select group, the lost tribes of Israel...
it was Paul who decided to "spread the message" and start up little franchises all over the place (generally wealthy, and often women -- yep, women --
who had the means to house and feed their little "flocks" who might come).
Then he supposedly sent letters (memos, if you will) to them while he was off trying to recruit new franchisees...
too busy and ambitious to just have one that he looked after, nonono, had to be the boss of everyone...
So, why should anyone except the LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL even be influenced by Jesus' words?
I agree with the message that Jesus reportedly taught, but am not at all convinced
that he actually lived;
or that if he did
actually live, that he died on the cross;
or that if he did live, and die on the cross
he was "resurrected" from actual death.
Never have bought that last bit really, not even as a good little girl in the Episcopal church. For my personality and temperament, just that ONE
preposterous story was enough to make me doubt EVERYTHING, from Noah's ark to Jonah in the big fish to all of the other "legends". They seem no more
plausible than any of the Greek and Roman gods, in my opinion, and I've often wondered how THOSE legends were finally squelched ----
erm....could it be......Paul's Christian ministry finally bashed them over the heads enough with fear of imprisonment, exile, death, or *gasp* HELL! ,
that people got tired of being brow-beaten and said, "okay, fine, have it your way, I don't care anymore", flung their hands up in surrender, and just
went on about their business muttering, "whatever. believe whatever. I'm tired of arguing with you."
Your points are perfect. Why in that place, to that very select group of people, in that language (which was obsolete fairly soon afterward). What a
lame campaign on God's part if that's all "he" had to offer the entire planet's population.
This is why I am inclined to believe that EVERY culture has had wise men and women who taught the same basic things that Jesus reportedly
taught....they were ALL every bit as inspired as he was, and to exclude the others is also UNFAIR.
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