Hailments to all ESP massive and crew. Today will be a busy day for me, so I do not have the time to write the long hell of a post that I usually write daily. However God is good to me because without searching I stumbled upon this article with the title above. I thought it interesting and as usual I always share my interests with you all.
As you all know I began my journey as a Christian, I was forced into it from birth by my mother who oddly enough I never saw go to church, my dad claimed to be a Ras, although no locks, he told me he was one in his heart. I must say I did enjoy my time there mostly the jokes I received from my fellow church goers, joke inna church nuff nuff.
I however loved Jesus, and even though I do not practice Christianity anymore or even believe that Jesus (as we know him) ever existed, I must confess that I still love the idea of his benevolence, all that he supposedly (if he existed) stood for, peace, love, goodness, dem sort ah tings. His teachings which I learned through Christianity coupled with my mothers and my own innate good character helped shape and mold me into the kind, loving , compassionate person I am today and also what I teach my children and pass along as life lessons. Ifa even built it stronger!
I am still grateful to the Universe that I have since rejected Christianity as my religion, as a matter of fact I have rejected religion on a whole and have now embraced the traditional practice of my African Ancestors. While the Christian teachings were good (meaning there are good references to life within their stories albeit made up or metaphors) and the benevolent Christ so loving, same cannot be said of its despotic followers.
I spent years while practicing Christianity trying to find out more about the Christ, I loved his teachings and his compassion for every and all things mirrored how I felt about human beings and every living creature. I identified with him and the love he had for all, his benevolence coupled with how he was rejected by his own while doing good for all, and eventually crucified, had me soft to him and who he was.
As a black girl though, I became, after a while, puzzled at the fact that all that seemed to be good was white and all which was bad black, my own race was important to me and I was proud to be of African descent, yet in my religious practice, I did not see my self, instead I saw the wicked adversary of the good Jesus and of our great God as my relative due to how he was depicted in his image as a black man, my father, my brother, my blood.
So I began to look into the image of Christ and researched for myself where did they get this image from, who was this person. I then found out that the image was Cesare Borgia read here, and from there I began to research and found out many of the fallacies contained within the Christian religion all because of controlling the minds of people and for the domination of one race over the next.
Christianity teaches you not to question the bible, not to question God’s word, to do so was Blaspheme. For a long time, I worried about my research, so I read the bible over and over again. I decided to begin with the old testament and work my way forward. While growing up the stories were usually told to us by either Sunday School teachers or by bible wielding Pastors. Reading the stories for yourself, by yourself, gives you a greater understanding I believe, and so I did.
Ok, the creation story is possible, I thought to myself, because anything is possible with God,but then I got to thinking, who recorded this?, how does any human being know God’s business enough to know that he created the world in six days and rested on the seventh? Who heard when he said Light and there was light? Who did God or anyone of his ministers confide in and tell this story to?
I am a medium and a channeller, so I know it is possible for people to receive messages through spirit, was this how they got this story? If so why did they not declare this? Instead the Bible bash people like me, yet Jesus seemed to have known Juju work quite well and Samuel was a big reader man, Even King Saul sought his services, not to mention Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and more! I pondered on this for a while, and I still ponder.
The Adam and Eve Story was another which made no sense to me, ok I get it, the apple was a metaphor for sex, but it still did not make sense to me, and then I read it again and had an ah ha moment. The Devil was secretly given entrance to the Garden to tempt Eve, after God had already warned them. He wanted to test them and so gave the Devil a job to do and Eve failed. This showed to me two things which made the bible very contradictory to me. The first thing was that, the Devil (mythical as I know he is) was an agent of God and the second was that human beings were created to be tested, tempted and this Devil was to be that tempter. So instead of being the great enemy of God, he was indeed his servant. Yet they have us in church stopping with our boot heels Satan, who is in fact God’s obedient servant.
The bible went on to curse Eve for her transgressions, and not point out how foolish Adam was,being the first created, he ought to have had more sense. So it showed the weakness of man and the power of woman. In that I do personally agree!
Yet as I went along further, I found some good stories, like Naboth’s Vineyard (As wicked as Jezzabel was, I liked her name, and she represented a strong woman, Kris Jenner comes to mind), the David and Goliath Story, (kinda had a crush on David there for a while, remind me of a Jamaican rude boy), Samson and Delila (love de name Delila), Samuel and the priest Eli, I loved Samuel and he was a diviner, a great one, Ruth and her mother in law (loyalty), Abraham and Sarah (endurance), I liked Elijah and Elisha, and I felt sorry for Ezekiel (he cried a lot), and for Moses who did not want to do the task God commanded him to do, also for him being abandoned by his mother.
I felt sorry for Pharaoh for losing his son, and the Israelites who were in slavery, but does it make, by God saying to Pharaoh (who was Black like Moses, because do not forget Moses was an Egyptian) “Let My People Go! does this suggest that the God of the bible is a Jew?
Enslaved were Israelites by the Black Egyptian Pharaoh, and God killed the Egyptians (black people) in order to free the Jews. I began to smell BS as I read, and distaste like bile began to rise in my throat. I continued to read, but I could smell the hands and wickedness of man. Man made religion there within the pages of my King James Version of the Bible, and then it hit me! Version???
Hold on deh, what Version mean again?
Science and archaeology offer insights into ancient artifacts that could be linked to Jesus Christ. “Finding Jesus: Fact. Faith. Forgery,” premieres Sunday Night, March 1 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN.
(CNN)With Lent beginning, and a new CNN series on Christ coming up, you’re going to hear a lot about Jesus these days.
You may hear revelations from new books that purport to tell the “real story” about Jesus, opinions from friends who have discovered a “secret” on the Web about the son of God, and airtight arguments from co-workers who can prove he never existed.
Beware of most of these revelations; many are based on pure speculation and wishful thinking. Much of what we know about Jesus has been known for the last 2,000 years.
Still, even for devout Christian there are surprises to be found hidden within the Gospels, and thanks to advances in historical research and archaeological discoveries, more is known about his life and times.
With that in mind, here are five things you probably didn’t know about Jesus.
1.) Jesus came from a nowhere little town.
Nearly all modern-day archaeologists agree the town of Nazareth had only 200 to 400 people. Jesus’ hometown is mentioned nowhere in either the Old Testament or the Talmud, which notes dozens of other towns in the area.
In fact, in the New Testament it is literally a joke.
In the Gospel of John, when a man named Nathanael hears the messiah is “Jesus of Nazareth,” he asks, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” He’s dissing Jesus’ crummy backwater town.
2.) Jesus probably didn’t know everything.
This is a thorny theological question. If Jesus is divine, wouldn’t he know all things? (Indeed, on several occasions Jesus predicts his death and resurrection.)
On the other hand, if he had a human consciousness, he needed to be taught something before he could know it. The Gospel of Luke says that when Jesus was a young man he “progressed” in wisdom. That means he learned things. (Otherwise how would he “progress”?)
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus initially refuses to heal the daughter of a non-Jewish woman, saying rather sharply, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”
But when she replies that even the dogs get the crumbs from the table, Jesus softens, and he heals her daughter. He seems to be learning that his ministry extends beyond the Jewish people.
3.) Jesus was tough.
From age 12 to 30, Jesus worked in Nazareth as a carpenter. “Is not this the carpenter?” say the astonished crowds when he begins to preach.
The word used for Jesus’ profession in the original Greek is tekton. The traditional translation is “carpenter.” But most contemporary scholars say it’s more likely a general craftsman; some even translate it as “day laborer.”
A tekton would have made doors, tables, lamp stands and plows. But he probably also built stone walls and helped with house construction.
It was tough work that meant lugging tools, wood and stones all over Galilee. Jesus doesn’t simply stride onto the world stage after having dreamily examined a piece of wood when the mood suited him. For 18 years, he worked—and worked hard.
4.) Jesus needed “me time.”
The Gospels frequently speak of Jesus’ need to “withdraw” from the crowds, and even his disciples.
There’s even a cave on the shoreline, not far from Capernaum, his base of operations, where he may have prayed.
It’s called the “Eremos Cave,” from the word for “desolate” or “solitary,” from which we get the word “hermit.” Even though Jesus was the son of God, he needed time alone in prayer with the father.
5.) Jesus didn’t want to die.
As he approaches his death, and prays hard in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus says, “Remove this cup.” It’s a blunt prayer addressed to the father, whom he affectionately calls Abba. He doesn’t want to die.
Unlike the way some Christians portray Jesus as courting death, and even desiring it, like any human being, the idea of death is terrifying. “My soul is sorrowful even unto death,” he says.
In other words, “I’m so sad that it feels like I’m going to die.” But once Jesus realizes that this is somehow the will of the father, he assents to death, even on a cross.
It’s natural to want to know as much as we can about Jesus; that’s one reason I wrote my new book. But beware of the more outlandish claims about the son of God (he fathered children, he was married to Mary Magdalene, he spent time in India and so on.)
Many of these claims tend to project our own desires on a man who will always remain somewhat elusive, hard to fully understand and impossible to pin down.
In the end, as theologians like to say, Jesus is not so much a problem to be solved as a mystery to be pondered.
Ẹní bá rọra pa èèrà, á rí ìfun inú rẹ̀. /
Whoever would carefully dismember an ant would see its intestines…..Yoruba Proverb!
[Patience can achieve the impossible]
All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji