reply to post by jmdewey60
It's not just a concept.
The thing that is the good news Gospel is that it is a historical event.
Supposedly, the concept was not a new one, but just was waiting for the fulfillment.
Jesus fulfilled it, with the "it" being Israel restored.
Now it didn't work out like that, the 'restoration', in a literal physical sense, but there was a 'choosing' going on in the world, which is what
'Israel' was, a calling to repentance and following God'd leading, into a better life.
If it's not just a concept, why does it require belief? If it were so factual, why do so many people question it? It would be a fully documented
phenomenon. But it isn't, is it? The Gospel is not nearly the same thing as fossils informing us that the plesiosaurus first emerged approximately 200
million years ago.
The path to acceptance and entering in, was made by Jesus and for us, the way to salvation, being the leader and undergoing all the trials and
sufferings that we are subjected to and knowing sorrow, he has the remedy to all those things, being given the access to and the right to distribute
the healing things from God, spiritual and material.
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting
time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong. - Hindu proverb
It shouldn't matter what idol we bow to, or if we bow to any at all, as long as we live a decent life. There is more than one way to live with love
and kindness. I had a discussion with someone yesterday after watching Cowboys and Aliens
, and they said to me, "Gold is precious to God."
My response was, "Why? What does a god need with gold? He created it, he knows exactly how worthless it is. So now that we've inherited his fetish for
sparkly stuff, we're more inclined to become addicted to stimuli. Stuff that appeals to our animal nature. How was that supposed to help us? Why not
stories? Why aren't stories precious to him? Stories give us things that money never could. Inspiration, grief, joy, excitement, terror...and you
learn about the truths in life. Stories are so much more conducive to our living experience."
The conversation didn't last long after that. But my point is, we give so much credit to the easy things in life, the stuff that soothes the burn of
wars and shootings and legislative bullcrap, and we keep ourselves in a constant haze of stimulation. And that's what symbols do for us. A symbol, a
concept, that as long as you believe
it, will bring you emotional security so subtle that you don't even recognize it. You believe
real, and so it is. The world is composed of electrical signals in your brain. Interpreted data. There's a program that is triggered by powerful
patterns of subconscious stimulation, and it replicates the impressions it records, influencing our perception. Don't believe me? Look it up. It's
science. Neurolinguistic programming - among other things, of course.
If we ever needed an idol, it should be nothing other than our dreams. What we
want for us
. Spent less time kissing your beloved deity's
hindquarters, and more time giving it a reason to listen. And no, worship doesn't count. That shows you spend more time talking and less time doing.
Doing what? Doing the right thing. If you are helping, you're doing the right thing.
To laugh often and love much:
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one's self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived...
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jesus gave himself far too much credit - if, in fact, he even said those words at all. Remember, he is mysteriously silent amid all the other people
who had something to say about him. Surely he would want to tell his story?
Jesus is no more important to me that Matin Luther King or Ghandi or Mother Teresa. They all lived good lives, and they all marked the world. And they
all provide just as much inspiration. But in the end, they all died. And their legacy lived on. That's how it should be. Die, and let the people value
what you did and strive to keep it, instead of just sitting around and waiting for you to come back.
Bad decision, Jesus.
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