As I was researching information about the Master Mind Jesus not found
in the New Testament of the Bible, I came across some interesting
information; there are those who believe that Jesus studied Buddhism,
and there is so many more references to Jesus in the Quran than I
expected to find. And of course I found so much written by
people who either do not believe that there was a real Jesus and from
those who ridicule those who believe in him. And all of this is
really very expected. Not everyone can grasp the difference
between an allegory, a symbol, a parable, and the Truth that is being
revealed. And, in this we don't judge anyone harshly, we just
realize, in faith, that we "know what we need to know when we
need to know it" ... and not everyone is attracted to
experiencing a greater realization of their relationship with G-d and
with All that G-d Is. This we can realize to a greater measure
by "studying" the life and works of the Master Mind Jesus
more so than any other person in history.
Reza Aslan an internationally
acclaimed writer and religions scholar has written a very
controversial book about the life of Jesus. Yet, his background
gives him outstanding credentials to write such a book. From
Wikipedia: Aslan's family came to the United States from Tehran
in 1979, fleeing the Iranian Revolution. He grew up in the San
Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 15 he converted to evangelical
Christianity. He converted back to Islam the summer before attending
Harvard. This fact alone contributes to much of the criticism of his
writings about Jesus even though he earned a Master of Theological
Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, there are those who
refuse to even read his book because he is a Muslim.
It was Aslan's willingness to
pursue the historical facts of Jesus' life and his respect for what
Jesus achieved that attracted me to his book; Zealot:
The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I found
these words very compelling: “The
memory of the revolutionary zealot who walked across Galilee gathering
an army of disciples with the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God
on earth, the magnetic preacher who defied the authority of the Temple
priesthood in Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged
the Roman occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to
history. That is a shame. Because the one thing any comprehensive
study of the historical Jesus should hopefully reveal is that Jesus of
Nazareth—Jesus the man—is every bit as compelling, charismatic,
and praiseworthy as Jesus the Christ. He is, in short, someone worth
think the words, "someone worth believing in" is something
that most everyone can agree with. Reza Aslan, for a period of
time was an Evangelical Christian and perhaps it was this exposure,
although some Evangelical sects can be extreme, which gave him insight into
how Jesus is felt in the hearts of those who believe in him. In
my own personal experience I have found that it is more important for
me to "believe him" then it is to "believe in him"
but there is not much of a gap between these in my mind. The
Master Mind Jesus called us to "believe the works that I do"
and in this he was telling us to look at the facts, not the fairytales
or the myths, in order to make our decision to either believe him or
not. In Aslan's book, we can find the historical facts that even
Jesus' detractors and enemies could not discount his "works"
... although misunderstood and labeled as "magic" his works
could not be denied. They were, although seemingly miraculous,
Aslan makes a straight-forward conclusion based on historical facts in
abiding words of the Beatitudes are, more than anything else, a
promise of impending deliverance from subservience and foreign rule.
They predict a radically new world order wherein the meek inherit the
earth, the sick are healed, the weak become strong, the hungry are
fed, and the poor are made rich. In the Kingdom of God, wealth will be
redistributed and debts canceled. “The first shall be last and the
last shall be first.” ... “The
choice between James’s vision of a Jewish religion anchored in the
Law of Moses and derived from a Jewish nationalist who fought against
Rome, and Paul’s vision of a Roman religion that divorced itself
from Jewish provincialism and required nothing for salvation save
belief in Christ, was not a difficult one for the second and third
generations of Jesus’ followers to make.
Two thousand years later, the Christ of Paul’s creation has
utterly subsumed the Jesus of history. The memory of the revolutionary
zealot who walked across Galilee gathering an army of disciples with
the goal of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, the magnetic
preacher who defied the authority of the Temple priesthood in
Jerusalem, the radical Jewish nationalist who challenged the Roman
occupation and lost, has been almost completely lost to history.”
I believe that it
was the Christ within him that created the great passion that caused
Jesus to defy both the religious leaders and the rulers of Rome.
In the words attributed to him in the Gospels we can find a
repetitive instruction to look to his works to develop our
faith. I believe that Jesus understood that words can be changed
and rearranged, deleted and added to, but his works are evidence that
there is a Law of Good, a Principle, that we can all depend on.
He challenged everyone to discover the Christ within us; that part of
G-d's Power, Intelligence and Spirit that the mystics of the Old
Testament told us is the image and likeness of G-d and our commitment
to discover it within us will cause us to find it.
The apostle Paul writes to the
Philippians 4:13, American KJV ...
can do all things through Christ which strengthens me"
this became an affirmation for countless numbers of people throughout
history, yet there are so few that have realized that this Christ is
within them and like Paul, rarely has it proved to cause anything
remarkable. However, the Master Mind Jesus tells us that the
Christ must be discovered within us. We can read in the ancient
wisdom; Proverbs 23: 7,
as he thinks within himself, so he is."
In order to realize the power of this Christ within us, we must
identify with It and consciously recognize It. It is this
identification to the point of a unitive relationship with G-d that
gave Jesus the faith to know that the Christ would resurrect his life
even after death in the physical ...
(Spirit) and I are
he declared. In other words, the Christ resurrected
Jesus ... the Christ within him that had been recognized and
identified with consciously throughout every day of his life.
SO IT IS!
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