OK here is my take on the teachings of Jesus and how they have been fundamentally misunderstood on at least 2 main levels.
Firstly, Jesus said we are all Gods children, this would indicate that if Jesus was Gods son and we are also Gods children, then Jesus was an ordinary
man and not "special", or "chosen". I am basing this assumption on Jesus own words and interpreting them directly.
This leads to another conclusion. When Jesus was walking on water he had Peter, one of his apostles, with him. So not only was Jesus walking on water
but so was Peter, however when Peter started to sink under the waves Jesus said "You of little faith,". This suggests strongly that Jesus achieved his
miracles simply because he believed, without question, that he could perform such feats. It also suggests Peter, who is never claimed to be the
outright son of God as Jesus is, could also walk on water, as long as he believed he could do it. Interesting, especially as Jesus states "you of
little faith", linking Peters faith directly with the ability to walk on water rather than suggesting Jesus provided Peter with the power to achieve
this miracle. Very interesting.
Further more, the apostles could talk in tongues, another miracle yet the apostles were supposedly ordinary fishermen, yet capable of miracles.
Indicating ordinary people are capable of miracles, not just Jesus. But if ordinary people are capable of miracles then how would that make Jesus any
more "special" than an ordinary man with supreme and extraordinary belief? Exactly.
In fact i doubt Jesus ever really claimed to be special or chosen, but I rather suspect the religion that was formed centuries after his death made
that assumption, because Jesus main message was that he was "one of us" and an every man, here to suffer like everyone, and suffer worse than most.
Jesus the icon, celebrity, is not the Jesus that we are meant to take as an example, pray to a statue of or wear as a t shirt etc, rather we are
supposed to take his faith as an example.
Further more, when Jesus died and rose from the dead, it has been said he died to wipe our sins away and give us everlasting life. This obviously
cannot be true if you look at how this is preached by modern day Christianity. Obviously if Jesus died so we could live forever, then we would all
live forever "literally" here on earth, and people from 2000 years ago would all still be alive today. No, instead we are told the everlasting life is
in heaven, but we have to "literally" die to get there...but, according to the Bible Jesus literally died and literally rose from the dead in the
flesh. This is yet another "literal" miracle, the biggest of the lot, yet what people miss is the other miracles significance.
if peter could walk on water and the apostles could speak in tongues, and Lazarus also rose from the dead, then that means according to my
understanding...when Jesus said he died for our sins and rose again to give us everlasting life... it doesn't mean we can carry on as usual just like
before Jesus existed and live and die, but rather he showed us that a human being can literally rise from the dead. I honestly believe the message of
the bible is that if you have supreme self belief, that not only can you walk on water but you can stay immortal here on earth in the flesh. This is
what I honestly believe is the truth of Jesus message about everlasting life..because otherwise to say we die and go to heaven is a easy way out of
accepting that hard facts, if indeed the Bible contains hard facts, but for the sake of argument we will take it as so on this occasion. Jesus
literally walked on water..but so did Peter...and Jesus literally rose from death and he stated we had the same ability. The fact that no body else
has ever risen from the grave in 2000 years, only proves that nobody believes that its possible..Nobody has even walked on water...but some say Buddha
did it before Jesus.
Do I believe I can walk on water, NO. but I do believe that it's possible to convince yourself of anything, and this is the crux of real solid faith,
because once you literally believe something is possible, it is. How do you get into a state of mind where you believe walking on water, walking
through walls or speaking Japaneses without learning it or becoming immortal is possible? Could there be a state of self induced hypnosis. Remember
Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the wilderness, no doubt meditating..Just like Buddha under the tree.
Like I said I think the Bible is a lot more literal than spiritual.
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