Jesus.

Fir ze weisen, dass ech net de kompletten Anti-Theist oder Anti-Chrëscht sinn, deen verschidden Läit mengen, dass ech wier hei eng Versioun vun der Jesus-Story déi ech novollzéien kéint an duerch déi ech mech kéint ugesprach fillen resp. duerch déi ech mech suguer kéint als Chrëscht bezeechnen (falls dat do die Versioun d’Basis vum offiziellen Chrëschtentum wier):

Christianity: a non-Trinitarian vision

Jesus was the biological son of Joseph and Mary, who were peasants, not royal heirs.  He had an ordinary childhood, and if he visited the temple at all, it was not to teach the rabbis, but rather to present his sacrifices as a common citizen.  As he grew, he developed a close, even intimate sense of the presence of God.  His God was not like YHWH, the tempestuous leader of early tribal Israel–distant and robed in clouds and thunder.  Instead, he was close, gentle and loving–so much so that Jesus called him “Daddy”.  He saw God in everything, and everything in God.  He came to realize that he was in God as much as God was in him.

After his father died, he carried on the family business for a while, but eventually, he became an itinerant preacher.  He developed a familiarity with the Hebrew scriptures–enough to know that his vision of God was a radical departure or at least reworking of the faith of his fathers.  He probably never learned to read, and relied on experience of the divine presence–what he called the spirit of God– rather than academic study.  He became a disciple of John the Baptizer, and adopted his message about the closeness and inevitability of the kingdom of God.

He believed that all could experience God in the same way that he did.  As more joined his movement, he surpassed John, his mentor and the two parted company (on good terms).  He believed that his preaching and mission were helping to establish a new reality–the kingdom of God on Earth.  All were welcome and the old institutions were obsolete.  Every man and woman (for he knew that they were equals in the sight of God) was a child of God and the temple in which he lived.

He taught his disciples to live in complete trust that God would provide for them.  He taught a simple piety based on love.  He taught his followers to pray a simple Jewish prayer based on the Kaddish.  He taught them that they too were children of God, and should call him “Daddy” as well.

He began to attract large crowds and hostile attention from the authorities.  His inner circle came to see him as the son of God–in other words, as the messiah.  Some wished to rise up in rebellion against Jerusalem and Rome in order to make him king.  He refused this path. His disciples wished to tell the world that Jesus was the Christ, but he plainly commanded them not to do so.

The more attention he attracted, the more he realized that his life was short.  Nevertheless, he knew that just as God was always within him, he also was always within God.  Not even death could separate them.

Death tried to do so, but his followers still continued to experience his presence among them.  At first it was vivid and tangible, but after about six weeks they began to feel his absence acutely.  They longed for him to return again, and prayed that this would happen soon.  They met, ate and even lived together in devotion.

Then, there was a breakthrough.  The disciples began to experience the divine presence, the spirit of God just as Jesus did.  As they did, their lives were changed and they were filled with joy and spread the message that Jesus was right–God was living in them just as he did in Jesus, and the same thing was possible for all people.  And, to their delight, as they experienced the presence of God, they knew that Jesus was not lost to them, for he was part of the undying God, just as they now were.

Menger Meenung no kënt die do Versioun och wesentlech méi no un d’Fait’en drun, wéi déi aus der Bibel (wou et och usech net eng Versioun, mee 5 ginn déi dann zesummen gemätscht gouffen). An dat do ass en Jesus, dee mir sympatesch wier an mat deem ech matfillen kéint. Och wann doduerch net all meng Froen oder Objektiounen fort wieren. Mee opmanst kéint ech en appreciéieren, wéi ech och den Buddha kann appréciéieren.

Wann awer de Jesus méi wéi just e Mënsch woer (wat ech definitiv net gleewen) ass dat fir mech onméiglech (ausser den Peace & Love Elementer natierlech).

  1. April 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Ech soen ëmmer: och wann ech mech selwer net méi als Chrëscht oder iergendenger Relioun unhängeg gesinn, d’Basis vun deem wat de Jesus gepriedegt huet ass awer och d’Basis vu mengen Handlungen. Domadder soen ech net, dass ech déi net vun anzwouch anescht hir hu kéint, mä d’Eenlechkeeten sinn awer do.

    De Jesus war en top Kärel, a wéi s du eben selwer seess: dat do gesäit historesch akkurat aus.

  2. April 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    E muss wirklech top gewiescht sinn, wa mir zwee mol eng Kéier eng Meenung sinn!😉

  3. April 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Djëft. Ëmmer dat “mol eng Kéier” wann iergendee menger Meenung ass. Sinn ech da wierklech sou onerdréilech?

  4. April 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Nee, duerfir jo och de Smiley🙂

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