Posted by: simla
Posted: 21st Dec 2012
Hi Kudzie, guess by your name you like to 'chew things over' as I do. That's what makes a philosopher. You have certainly made a few people think about where they sit in a religious / philosophical debate. I did attend church till my mid teens, when I was lucky enough to have the honor of knowing an inspirational Pastor of the Methodist faith. He was a Dr of Philosophy from Uni of Sydney, who has some very New Age ideas, a man before his time. This was in the early '60s. I didn't /don't see the image of God as an old man with a long flowing white beard, but as an Energy that permeates everything (much as the scientists describe the lately discovered Dark Matter), This Methodist Pastor agreed that was how he saw God too. However, in those days, that was NOT the usual way Christians saw the image of God, and he was persecuted by the Powers That Be in Church circles, to the extent that he was removed from the affluent area of Sydney, to an outback post in Western QLD. He said that was alright, that Jesus was also persecuted for his beliefs as a 'Heretic.'- by going against the Jewish establishment.
I myself have studied logic, and have developed a view that can best be described as 'eclectic'. I try to find out as much as I can about all faiths, religions, historical facts, archaeology, cosmology/ science and spirituality, and come up with a 'balanced' view. This has led me to read lots absorbing literature including The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Greek version of the Bible, (has additional material about Jesus's life) scholarly work by Sydney uni Professor Elizabeth Thearing, who wrote an interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls) She went to Israel to study them, especially the Copper Scroll, and translate them from the Hebrew to English. That Copper Scroll gave the picture of what Jesus was like, and she wrote the book "Jesus The Man" from the information she gathered. Another interesting book is Jesus the Magician (can't think of the author) which has some great reading in it.
I personally see Jesus as the Son of God, is that he was/ is permeated with the Energy that is God, as we all are,(Dark Matter as explained by both Professor Michu Kalu and Steven Hawking) To back this up, Jesus once said when performing a miracle, and asked' how he did that', he said " as I have done, you can also do."
It would seem that He had the power to manipulate Physics,( time and space) as do some yogis and shamen. It has been speculated that Jesus traveled to the East where he studied Eastern Asceticism. If so, may it not be where he developed his ideas of 'compassion', as this was the main message in the New Testament, not previously a part of the teaching of the Jewish Faiths' 'eye for an eye' value system? And in the end, because of the heresy, got Him crucified? Reply