A journey of discovery-part 3

A journey of discovery-part 1   A journey of discovery-part 2

“This is the Way; follow me if you dare.” This path, this Way that Jesus promoted was apparently too simple and too inclusive for those whose job it was to maintain the status quo, because he was executed for simply trying to shake up the order of things—for being a rebel of change and enlightenment.

Two thousand years later, the religion that has grown from his sacrifice has itself become very complicated and full of symbols, rituals, and mysterious words, and sadly, it is not very inclusive. Jesus’s message and his life have been layered with doctrine, none of which practically validates his existence as a rebel. Many that profess their belief in Christianity have grown more opinionated, insulated, judgmental, and at times, not very compassionate toward those who reside outside the realm of the cross. The term neighbor seems to be accepted as literal truth, an idea that those we should treat with compassion and love should already be with us and for us.

Based on my research, it would be easy for me to believe that the pre-Easter Jesus, the rebel for change, would be very frustrated with the religion that now carries his name and his image. Like all things humans touch or try to fix or explain, we always find ourselves straying too far to the right or left—too far to the north or south. Jesus showed us the center, the epicenter if you will, of how we should live our lives and treat other beings. It’s not hard to understand, but it is hard to follow, primarily because we continue to complicate the message. The truth will always be divine, but our interpretation of the truth will always be human.

My journey continues.

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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19 Responses to A journey of discovery-part 3

  1. People have always used religion as a means to an end and not necessarily to move closer to the Divine. Look at the Templars and the Crusaders. Wars have always been fought in the name of religion, and although Jesus was undoubtedly a “revolutionary” I don’t think he would have wanted or expected this. It makes me sad…what would people have thought of him in the21st century?

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    • Think about it like this, what if he reappeared today in the flesh would we believe it’s really him?

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      • That’s really tricky…he could perform a miracle and people could just see him as a David Copperfield type…what about faith? But how would he inspire it? I had a school report for Religious Studies that went something like :” If Samantha could exercise a little faith she would probably do better”. Hmm.

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        • I am just saying, without the miracles, could we distinguish the false prophets from the real? The false are among us now, they are on tv asking for your money to keep their ministry alive and you and I saved. George Burns- “Oh God”: “I don’t do miracles. They’re too flashy. And they upset the natural balance. I’m not sure how this whole miracle business started, the idea that anything connected with me has to be a miracle. Personally, I’m sorry that it did – makes the distance between us even greater.”

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  2. What about Jesus’ own humanity though? The possibility that he may have had a wife and children? Does that make him more accessible/believable? I would like to think that people would know in their hearts whether it was him or not. But as you say, the false are among us now, and what degree of miracle would it take to convince when any sense of awe has been “scienced” out of us?

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  3. Reincarnation? I remember a few years back wasn’t there supposed to have been a candidate who turned it down…

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  4. Patty says:

    That’s ‘key’ for me: ” The truth will always be divine, but our interpretation of the truth will always be human.” My interpretation of Jesus is that he was a human being like for instance Ghandi or the Dalai Lama…
    This part of your journey immediately also reminded me of the phrase of Henri Bergson:
    “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

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