Various Christian sects seem to ignore the Bible. A few phrases to consider. When addressed as “good,” Yeshûa replied: “Why do you call me good? No one is good by God alone”. (Mark 10:18)
“I can do nothing on my own…” (John 5:30), he assured.
When addressed as master, Yeshûa replied: I am not your master…” (Gospel of Thomas 15).
“As you sow that ye shall also reap”, admonishes Paul in his letter to the Galatians.
If anyone thinks that they can break the Laws and be “saved” through someone else’s efforts, the last statement denies it. It seems to be an error perpetrated by many Christian sects, presumably to make themselves indispensible as intermediaries, and thus make money out of the idea. Having someone else suffer for our own mistakes is the very opposite of the biblical teaching.
Yeshûa did not die for our “sins”, (which word, in Greek, is derived from archery and means: “missing the mark”), but because he had been depriving the establishment, i. e. the Pharisees and the Sadducees, of their tithes. They had a good thing going, just like our present day churches, and were not prepared to lose it for the life of one man. In the past, the Roman Church did the same thing, only worse, during the inquisition. Many men have been killed for a lot less than that.
And now for the good stuff.
For a number of years, the New Testament has been referred to as the “Good News”. And indeed, no news had ever been better. After many twists and turns, which the Jews have imposed on the Old Testament, Yeshûa, stated that we, and we alone, are the masters of our fate. That whatsoever we sow we shall also reap. That if we sow love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, generosity, forgiveness, and whatever else we wish to experience in our Kingdom, that is what we shall receive in kind. Sounds like a mathematical equation.
For my part, I noticed that Yeshûa threw in an “extra” to sweeten his promise. On parting he added: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”.
Joy, not suffering. Joy!
May your Christmases be always joyful.
I think there is more.
I think that out there, in the realm of his Kingdom, he continues to work on the immense storage of, what Carl Jung calls, our racial memory, to enhance our prospects of earning our dues. That’s the interest we get on the good deeds we store in our subconscious.
You can’t get much better than that, can you?
P.S.: Blog September 24, 2012. “…the name Jesus is meaningless. His name… was Yeshûa, not Jesus. In Hebrew, Yeshûa (an abbreviated form of Yehoshûa), means “Yah is salvation”, that is in no way reflected in the Greek version of his misspelled, mispronounced name, which the religions adopted.]
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