Jesus' message has been lostSubmitted by dwalters on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 23:53
The Roman State sponsored story goes, "Jesus died for your sins, and thus, you need not do anything else besides accept him as your savior. Any further action on your part is unnecessary."
In reality, Jesus was a non-violent protester of the Roman Empire - regardless if one believes he was of divine descent or not. Evidence points towards his existence.
Jesus was trying to set an example - namely, violence is not necessary to defeat tyranny. Only non-violent means of resistance are required. Jesus' non-violent approach ultimately cost him his life. Was it in vain?
I challenge you to ask anyone the questions, "Is the government too big? Has it overstepped the intentions of the founders?" I predict 99.999% of folks will give an affirmative response. If not, simply ask them, "How much bigger do you suppose the government needs to be?" Their stuttering will serve as your answer.
Jesus attempted to lead by example. In my estimation, he intended that those who followed him would subscribe to and implement any non-violent measure necessary that may mitigate tyrannical overreach - like that he faced as a resident of a Roman occupied territory.
Was, the human, King James divine? Why do you suppose there is a version of the Bible named after him? Was it to bolster State control? Why was separation of church and state a founding principle of the United States? If Obama commissioned a personalized translation of the Bible, would you trust his sincerity? What if his last name were James? Are Jesus' actual words still in tact? Or, have they been muddled by the State over the millennia for purposes of control?
According to the Bible as translated, Jesus once said, "Wherever two or three gather in my name, I am in their midst." This passage suggests an aversion by Jesus towards organized religion. He could have just as well said, "There need not be an official congregation. Where a few gather in my name, there is my church." He realized that preachers are mere mortals - which are subject to great imperfection.
Would Jesus ask of you to rob your neighbor to benefit yourself? Would Jesus ask of you to punish your brethren for actions which did not harm you and were never among your personal interests? Would Jesus ask of you to fund the wholesale killing of Muslims by your government? Would Jesus ask of you to follow any edict by your government - especially if its consequences were harmful towards humanity?
If asked the question - "Why do we find ourselves in the predicament we are now?" - virtually everyone will say that it's because the people have not held the State accountable. However, when someone actually stands up - for instance, not paying taxes - the same people will say, "Why are you standing up? You must be crazy." Yet, they ponder why things aren't getting better.
Jesus wouldn't have taken up arms against the State. From reading, it seems Jesus would have taken up any avenue of non-violent resistance.
Jesus' original message needs to be resurrected. Up until now, it has been lost.
Things are not always as they seem. It is never a sin to stand up against tyranny - whereas condoning tyranny through fearful participation enslaves future generations and your fellow man.
What would Jesus do?
I doubt he would sit around with his thumb up his ass.
When will folks resolve to stand up?
The roots of tyranny only grow deeper as wasted time passes.
Why did the State crucify Jesus? Did they hate him for his freedom or some other absurd reason? Or, did they consider him a threat to their political power?