reply to post by NewAgeMan
The Bible says He will return the same way and in the same place that he left AS HE PROMISED (acts 1:11). If Jesus does not come back the way He
promised in Scripture then we cannot trust the Scripture on what it says about anything about Him.
I wonder if you also deny that Christ took up the same body in which he died at the resurrection?
There you go, my point exactly that I just made in the post above. You might just be working for the wrong side as an unwitting dupe.
There is other scripture that does not say that at all and makes it very clear that it's not particularized, and that no one will be able to point in
any particular direction and say "there he is!" or "here he comes!".
He did not die at the resurrection, so yes he took up the same body, of course, and neither did he "twin" at the cross (with his better half going
straight up), to embark on a life of excess and self-indulgence and self-gratification although God knows if anyone deserved to, it was Jesus, after
everything that he'd been though, but that kind of thing just wasn't in his character, thus my idea about his annual celebration of the winter
solstice, perhaps even as a reminder to himself to keep himself in line! LOL (he can handle it, don't worry for me re: SACRILEGE!)
I also think that during his post-tomb encounters with his friends that he employed the art of disguise, but like everything he did, he had a
perfectly good reason and hey what they can do to a man once they could try a second time..! no what I mean is when they were permitted to recognize
him as he broke bread, which is highly symbolic.
There's more to this story than meets the eye, including the literalist eye. Also, the Gospels were written as Apocrypha, meaning not that they are
"untrue" in the modern sense of that word, but that they both reveal and hide, and I've found that they reveal as much or even moreso by what they
hide as what they reveal, all of which makes the person of Jesus even more compelling, and more sympathetic (in both directions from him to us and us
Oh he was God in the flesh alright, but not in the way that you would understand it.
What a sent-calling, what a hero, and more!
I've sought and followed Jesus so closely he's shared things with me about himself and life that would never occur to you in a million years in your
"worship" of him as a God and nothing less.
I know him as a true friend, and a brother, albeit an elder brother, he's everything anyone could hope for, and then some, but it cannot be discovered
and discerned along purely literal, doctrinal lines.
My Jesus is really alive, not a concept or just a description.
I'm not sure that you even really know him, because if you did you would see clearly how much I love him and have sought him out, and you would not be
ridiculing or criticizing me according to your scriptural prowess. No the things I'm saying would intrigue you and you would want to investigate them
and explore them, and weigh them with evaluative discernment and not just the dead letter of your Biblioatry.
P.S. And yes, with the Santa conjecture, I do realize that I've engaged in a little bit of what might be called Biblical fan fiction, but I'm not
trying to re-write the story or add anything to it, but I sure do like to speculate about those hills yonder beyond the cross of a room (see my
avatar) in contemplating the resurrection life. For me it's a calling to have the courage, to be happy, as much as to be willing to suffer for the
sake of what's right and true.
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