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Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 10:46

A friend of mine sent me a link about "son of hamas"

When I read a bit, I was again amazed, although I should not be, but I was. How this terrorist, son of one of such extreme organization, connects to Jesus when he least expects it, the moment he leaves the darkness of hate and enters the light of love and forgives and helps his enemies – the jews..and how he endangered his life and still is, but is finally protected by the truth...well this is what he claims at least...although my friend said by using critical thoughts:"if this hamas-guy could fool everyone else around himself why would he not be fooling christians just for the sake of some political agenda, if he deceived such powerful/dangerous org, how come he is still alive..so it would not be the first time someone acts in the name of Jesus but by the soul of evil"...well.."who knows" I replied...and as Wittgenstein (i think its was him) used to say "it shall unveil itself"...

Some years ago, a so called “scholar” wrote an article in Sweden, “Jesus never existed”..some other claim so many other things and even mock Him and ridicule Him. Especially in Sweden.

In Sweden many seem to actually dislike Him and embrace every other “leader” than Him nowadays. He is simply not popular in the country I was brought up in, and there are several reasons for that..

But, yet, after 2012 years, Jesus is still preforming what actually is His trademark – miracles. Healing people.

This is according to me, the forever-ongoing-miracle-process.

Now, I’m not a day-to-day church visiting person, occasionally I visit a mass or just the church if I’m travelling, as many churches are also architectural masterpieces and that’s great for a person who has interest and studies in the “more beautiful things in life”, as myself. I believe that a person carry a church within. My Christianity (the way I perceive it, and also my respect for Buddha’s wisdom) is proven by my day-to-day actions and occasional private prayers, not in any flashing appearances/performances in front of others...thus I have difficulty with any religious practioners which becomes “over the top”…so called “fundamentalists”. As “crazy” about anything/anyone is not my cup of tea…as I like balance on all levels.

It does actually not even profoundly matter if Jesus “body” actually existed or not - I say to that person who wrote the article - as the message which Jesus announced, the miracles etc. has actually been used as platform to our western societies, his words and deeds are saviors and backbones of many peoples existence even today. His message of peace, love etc. is provenly unbreakable. His words go straight to a human beings soul. If this is not to have existed and to still exist, then nothing is.

Jesus is a concept of existence Himself….beyond religions...you do not even need to be a “Christian” in the traditional sense, as if you are a truly good, loving and forgiving person, you are by default Jesus embracer. As even some who claim themselves being Christians are not even close to being Jesus followers, as they are not practicing what he preached.

It seems as if many people need to hit rock bottom to even seek Jesus words and guidance, as probably they did not acknowledge his efforts which even made it possible for them to even become successful in the first place, before they hit that bottom. So back to basics they go. Restart by thefault.

Our modern world is individualistic, and many think they are the masters, judges and rulers of their own existence…but “if Jesus wisdom, knowledge etc. didn’t change the world, where the world was on its way then, there would not even be any existence, and now we might be there again, in a turbulent world with fear more than love, with needs of being saved again”… some say.  It is possibly so, I say.

We live in times where makeup (of any sort), plastic surgery and all the superficial things are being idolized in many ways..and it spreads quickly thru Cyber..but still…this man, dressed in sandals and simple robe with no Internet nor  Photoshoped existence, born 2012 years ago, is the most famous and amazing of all.

I noticed that in the US, some people wear rings with “wwjs” and “wwjd”, I asked what that means, and I was told “what would Jesus say”, “what would Jesus do”…well that’s interesting. If people would have that as their daily mantra, then peace is guaranteed on earth.

The major problem might be that human beings are still struggling with the “curse” of Adam & Eve, the curse of sin, of which effects Jesus decreased, but as traces of the sin are still left within humans, they fail to entirely follow that mantra, thus, peace is still impossible…

“I thirst” - is Mother Teresa’s (according to me, she was representing Jesus teachings in correct ways), favorite words (by the way, not many can say they got the chance to touch her "blood" – but I did) - which Jesus stated on the cross, even though they laughed at Him, nailed Him to the cross and abused Him when he needed some water…and then He said the unexpected;

“Father, forgive them as they do not know what they are doing” – the major stamp of goodness.

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨Forgive thy enemies¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨

No message is more powerful for human kind(ness).

...and the fact that Jesus is still glowing stronger than the sun, cultivating goodness/hope in the fields of evil/fear, still in 2012, is the ultimate WOW!(=wonder of wonders).


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Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 20:25

Solid proof etc. or not...

 

Trying to even discuss evidence for thousands of years back and in religious context, then I must say (without being a religions expert) that Jesus might be the most "examined" and the one prophet/religionbuilder which has been studied the most amongst any other religious front figures. And, also, He might be the one mostly "proven to have existed" thru texts, by shrouds etc.

 

To me it is actually kind of a waste...put that kind of effort and money in helping the poor and hungry, instead of trying to prove something that is unnecessary.

 

No one is on trial here - Jesus was convicted by the crowd and the Roman governor of Judaea, suffered most extremely and was crucified by the scared and the doubters. Completely innocent. No need of trying to crucify Him again 1979 years later.

 

As I said in my intro, even when a so called "scholar" in non-christian Sweden stated that "Jesus did not exist", I believe that it has no meaning (and I am not even close to being in any "church-league"), as the effects of cures made by Jesus are evident thruout history.

 

If we try to "prove" this and that in the religious context, then maybe we then have to shut down every ancient religion in the world - as all sources, even if you get the news from todays paper, hear it yourself or even get it via a scientist, are possibly angled and questionable. We must settle and just believe at some point - otherwise we can even start questioning our own existence, we can all become Descarteses.

 

If a person is ill or about to die, and this person is treated and becomes restored in some way, I do not think this person would even feel the need to try to investigate about the x-rays originality, the pills country of origin, the inventors of this and that machine etc.

 

The effect is the evidence in itself.

 

Do you see love itself? No. But it is proven by the practice of humans and the effects of it, hence love exists. That is Jesus.

 

 

 

 


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Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 19:55

This blog is supposed to be about celebrating Jesus and the deeds which are all good that He has contributed to humankind(ness).

 

I do not really get why it would be so important for anyone who might not be able to find selfrespect great enought to respect that, and who desperately would feel/have the need to bring in rather irrelevant stuff into this here.

 

Anyways, I have the possibility to erase comments which I find irrelevant etc. to my blog, but I will instead let it be and by this a point is seen, that a Jesus believer (as myself - altough in true and balanced shapes/forms), should/shall try the very best to act with respect and peace, to forgives his/her "enemy" etc...and the opposite might seem to be the case for some non-Jesus believers...

 

 

So this is itself an interesting study, i must say.

 

 

 

 


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Posted on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 19:02

Quoting Conyersguy:

Moldy,

 

I'm not writing to discuss Jesus, the Dalai Lama or Mohammed for that matter.  Most of us already know our beliefs in those matters.  I consider myself a Christian, though not as rigid as some.  (Not nearly as  good as most, either !!!)

 

But I'd like to know if you know for sure of the authenticity of the 1940-discovered scroll, or the more recently discovered 'Dead Sea' scrolls...or any others, for that matter. 

 

It is my impression that NONE of the gospels of Jesus' life have been authenticated to have been written before about 100 - 150 AD.   Written at that time, they could have at best been third hand accounts of events, and more likely  4th (or more) hand accounts.   The vast majority of the gospels (discovered to date) were written even later, some as late as the third or fourth century.  

 

I'm not questioning the accuracy of ANY of these gospels.    I do, however, believe you could copy the microsoft handbook today across a room of a few people and not recognize the instructions when you finished, much less do it across decades, languages and dogmas.   I also note that the four  'accepted' gospels of Jesus' life differ with EACH OTHER on quite a few accounts of the same events.  

 

So, if you have any directions to original source documents (and translations, descriptions of same) which pre-date the ones I've mentioned, I would greatly appreciate them.    (And I know I'm a smartass sometimes, but please don't read any sarcasm into this.  I really am sincere about my request.) :):)

 

-CG-

 



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You ask of original documents of ancient religions ....at the source. Maybe this link to the dead sea scrolls might give you some insights as to the origin of western religion as we know it. Googling these topics thru history can take one back to 3000 BCE to find origins of some of the stories that inspired our biblical text ...ie  Sumarian cultures of Mesopotamia

http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/dss_video

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea_Scrolls


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Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 19:53

Dear Francie,

 

Thank you for your kind feeedback - I am happy you like it :-)

 

Well, this is, as I said, not really/only about Christianity as religion/movement itself - we all can become much better people just by relating to Jesus - regardless of the religion/beliefs system we follow day to day, or year to year, or not at all.

 

As Jesus is the proper leader, of all times. He preached and practiced the steps of love, forgiveness, kindness and amazing bravery. We need people to practice such qualities in our world today in order for the world to survive in the long run, as it is not only a universal environment issue going on, but I would say it is much more of a universal "inner/mental" issue. We are all the time fed fed fed with impulses from allover the place, much thanks to technology revolution, but many times we loose connection to the spiritual. Our perception of all these good qualities can become very blurred..and Jesus can clear up that inner fog.


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Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 18:32

Worldmind,

 

This blog is very special, I was surprised to see the beautiful images of Jesus!

Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

 

 

Francie.-



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Posted on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 03:00


Dontfitmold,


Well, as said earlier, in the country I was brought up in, Sweden, there are many doubters, many non-believers…and as I also said, being a good person, loving, forgiving etc. is – according to me - per say a follower of Jesus, either this person recognizes it or not.

You are choosing to display one narrow angle of several, referring to a non-significant amount of persons in all this (with questionable sources and own agendas) who believed that material (=physical embodiment etc.) is kind of evil, meaning as you said, believe is within with no “outer” God needed. I say this is very suiting for the kind of "modern world" we live in today, as many people actually believe, as you say “divine is within our own grasp”..meaning people believe, as I said earlier, they are their own judge and God themselves. In this case, you “DOFITMOLD” rather than “dontfitmold” when emphasizing this here and now.

On one hand you are referring to that embodiment of faith is evil (the gnostic line) on the other hand you are referring to Dalai Lama (a human) as a Gods prophet…meaning the embodiment of faith...kind of a contradiction...

I wrote some facts about Dalai earlier here - so you believe that Altan Khan (who was a man, a ruler in the years of 1500, in the Mongolian areas and who created the concept of Dalai Lama thus Dalai lamas existence) is kind of equal to God? If I would have met Buddha, maybe “holy” would be more suiting.

I’m so sorry (not really) that the Big Brother-reality TV cameras where not invented at those times, so you could watch what Jesus (or any other faith builder) was doing…also in those 40 days, but as it was Jesus contemplating, fasting etc. in suffering, in meditation, in solitude…then having all those cameras there or a bunch of people following and cheering would be a contradiction to the aim of such mission.

However, this is my celebration to Jesus. As Holiness, as ideal existence/moral profile, as millions of peoples life-medicine thruout history, as the water for millions of thirsty souls in historiy´s rough desert landscape. Churches can, in this aspect, be seen as the oasis for so many. (worldmind-pedia).

So I suppose you are not a Christian...and hence all these upmixes here?

Well...it is up to you how you want to interpret things/live your life, and just imagine that this very “human-right” to do so, may ultimately derive from Jesus very own words, “forgive thy enemy”, “don’t cast the first stone”, “turn the other cheek” etc, however, doubts/twists&turns/anti-propaganda etc. doesn’t change the ultimate fact - the message, the amazing effects thereof and estonishing efforts put in delivering it to humankind(ness) by Jesus.



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Posted on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 02:57

Hello Jenknee and thanks for sharing...as i said, it doesnt matter how som few others "perceive", twist, turn etc. The effects of Jesus are far more powerful and gracious than the contra-propagandists tricks.



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Posted on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 00:18

I love Jesus and cannot deny Him. I find it sad that others don't have the comfort of faith. Being that I participate in different forums on a few singles sites,I see very few who are Christians. I also get persecuted (on a small level) for my beliefs. People tend to mock God and those who believe instead of having a general respect.

I have also asked some who post they are "non-religious" what that means to them and unfortunitely have had several different answers like "It's no one's business" for example. I find not truly and completely  representing yourself as to your beliefs ,etc., is doing everyone a disservice, including to their own self.

The Shroud of Turin is amazing, I saw the best documentary on it ever. Maybe I can post the link later.



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Posted on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 19:11

The Gnostic Gospels, written in the early years after the 40 days and final ascension of Christ, supposedly written by Mary Magdalene and Thomas and others found in the 1940's set forth the asumption that the lessons of Christ's relationship with the Father was that salvation lay not merely worshipping Chriat but in the psychic, or pneumatic souls learning to free themselves from the material world via the revelation

 

This tradition of finding the Lord  within rather than without. The intermediation of the chuch is not required  hence " sin" and "missing the mark"  statement earlier. Our own divinity lays within our own grasp

 

I am quite sure the Dalai found it amusing that you could not address him as "Holiness"...as would have Jesus

 

some info referred to from Wikipedia " Gnostic Gospels "


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Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 21:54

Hello Dontfitmold,

 

Its so nice that Dalai Lama 14th (in your posted pic - dalai lamas are the headmonks of Gelugs lineage in Tibetan Buddism/"Yellow Hat Sect"/a school of Buddism. They are believed to be reincarnation of their predecessors and an enbodiment of compassion in tibetan Buddism. This started i think ca. year 1578 by a mongolian leader), is a great promoter of good thoughts/deeds as many more like that are needed around the world...even though I told him that I most respectably but regrettably could not address him as "holiness" (he is many times referred to as "holy" by westerners, maybe by analogy with the Pope, although this not seem to be a Tibetan title), but that I respect him for being such amazing humanbeing, representing. He seemed rather amused by my polite frankness and did not mind. What I found very interesting was that his private residence was simple and not as some could expect, as world famous as he has become when meeting with so many celebrities, media coverages and so forth. Simple and yet amazing is very nice...


Now..back to actual topic here...


In regards to sin; "In Abrahamic religions contexts, "a sin" is an act that violate Gods will. Sin can also be viewed as anything within a person that violates the ideal relationship between them and God". There are some linguistic angles on the "expression" itself, but in the religious contexts/concept it is about the relation between the self and the Divine.


Oh yes...peace is the fruit of kindness. Jesus is so outstanding to have managed to cultivate kindness etc. in so many peoples hearts, allover the globe, for so long.

 

How amazing is it, that Jesus suffered into the very extreme, just to show His love and greatest sacrifice possible and to decrease the huge agony of sin etc for us all, and how He still proved His divine majesty and realness by in that very moment of the worst suffering, declaring such kindness, understandning, compassion and forgiveness to His worst oppressors.

 

Such remarkable legacy Jesus gave, and is still giving the human kind(ness).


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Posted on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 21:11

The English word sin derives from Old English synn. The same root appears in several other Germanic languages, e.g. Old Norse synd, or German Sünde. The word may derive, ultimately, from *es-, one of the Indo-European roots that meant "to be," and is a present participle, "being." Latin, also has an old present participle of esse in the word sons, sont-, which came to mean "guilty" in Latin. The root meaning would appear to be, "it is true;" that is, "the charge has been proven." The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is often translated as sin in the New Testament; it means "to miss the mark" or "to miss the target".

 

When we miss the target..ie sin against our true selves it remains our duty to draw back the bow and send the arrow from our true center yet again...with a better aim


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