Few days left before Christmas, birth´s celebration of Jesus of Nazareth king of Jews.
Again I want to stress out the fact that being deeply convinced of Confucius Ethics does not make me a member of the Confucianism religion, neither considering Jesus of Nazareth as one of the most important example of our civilization makes me a believer of any of the Christian church.
JESUS CONTEXT – A PALESTINE ON THE EDGE TO EXPLODE
As for the previous blog entry on Confucius, I would like to give the context of Jesus life experience to have a better understanding on the fact and a better feeling of how people lived in this era. Jesus comes from a Judea-Romanian culture, in ancient Judaism culture and religion were the same concept, as it defined all aspect of human life, from social interaction to religious believes.
Jesus was from a modest cast in a time period in which life expectancy were around 30 years, Palestine was occupied by the Roman empire and the noble local cast were collaborating in the share of 2/3 of richness with Rome.
The lower classes were in conditions of poverty and extreme poverty, rendered to spend most of their energy and time in begging for survival.
At this period it is know that Rome contained several uprising in Palestine, an historical fact state a public execution of several thousand dissident.
The Jew population was divided between a minority of collaborators to Roman empire ( mainly nobles and priests ) and the people who suffered the occupation with starvation and daily struggle, politically, economically, religiously and culturally there civilisation was about to explode.
The Priests of the temple were chosen by Rome to conduct the internal Jew affairs in Palestine. This was the context in which Jesus of Nazareth started his life experience, which I believe to be quiet similar of our actual context, replacing Rome by the Financial power, the corrupted priest class by our political (corrupted) class, the noble by the actual private corporates to whom the economical crisis is one of lifetime advantage to make more profit spending less money in humans budget and the population by our working and medium class, we are (from my point of view) on the same edge.
JESUS MESSAGE – THE KINGDOM OF GOD
For many over the world, Jesus is the example of how a man should be, lives and act. Apart of the context in which he lived, available from historical Roman and Jew archives, we virtually know nothing about the first 30 Years of Jesus.
It is said that he studied in India where he discovered Hindu and Buddhism which shaped his perception of reality.
“ If your leaders tells you the kingdom of God is in the sky, the birds will precede you, If you leaders tells you the kingdom of God is in the sea, the fishes will precede you, the kingdom of God is inside and around you ” – Jesus
We must remember one fact, Greek and Roman translation changed slightly some meaning, for instance ” Kingdom of God ” is an English translation from the Greek, but in the Greek meaning of the original word, Kingdom does not imply a territorial connotation, it´s the meaning of ” Guidelines or Rules ” which is more adequate.
When speaking of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of heaven (as in the ancient Jew culture the name of God was not called) Jesus was speaking about a place of being, a personal conduct and he predicted that one day on earth all people will lived in this state of mind or within these guidelines, which will convert the earth Kingdom of man into the heaven, the kingdom of God.
” I must proclame the good news of Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of God is near, live your life accordingly, change your ways, think and act as if the kingdom of God was already here ” – Jesus
They were a set of principles to this Kingdom:
” Give to anyone who begs on you, loan to anyone who borrows on you ” – Jesus
In the Kingdom of God the food is common and shared on a common table, eating is practised as a sacred exercise, it ties people together and promote social understanding and peace.
– Unpossessiveness and forgiveness
” Wealth is an obstacle to the kingdom of God ” – Jesus ,
He considered the forgiveness, like many as a discipline, a skill acquired by exercise ” Forgive 7 times, 77 times ” – Jesus.
– No retaliation
” Do not react violently to violence ” – Jesus
The above statement is clear, do not react violently doesn´t mean ” do not react “, it only means react in a way that will not injure people or hurt their emotions, resist in a gentle way.
In my perception, I consider these principles to be Jesus guidelines for the ascension to heaven ( Which I interpret as enlightenment in his given context, rather than a kingdom in the sky govern by God and were the population are angels – Angels which I interpret as enlighten people). I can only notice that these concepts contrast as much in our present time that it does in occupied Palestine in the people´s routine.
For Jesus, the kingdom of God was a present reality that anyone could choose to experience “ The kingdom of God is among you ” – Jesus
JESUS THE MAN AND THE REVOLUTION
Jesus defined himself as ” The son of man ” and in some occasions ” A son of God ” and not ” The son of God ” . He believed in a personal relationships between God and the people of earth, he never thought himself to have a special or divine relationship with the creator of life, but he considered God as his father ( From the Aramean translation of ABBA, which his baby language to say dad, so we are closer than daddy or dad rather than the formal ” Father”).
Jesus practised a lot of spiritual exercise such as meditation and prayer to keep and to enforce his relation to divine wisdom, he also was know as an exorciser and healer, with 3 documented resuscitation.
He believed something was terribly wrong in his social context, people no longer cared about what God care about (Principles of kingdom), he believed people had gotten absorbed in ordinary concern about themselves, they had departed from God, which led his will to change his current context, to prepare the people for the venue of a new context, the kingdom of God.
” Aid your neighbour as yourself ” – Jesus
” Congratulations you poor, God´s kingdom will belong to you, Congratulations hungry, you will feast, Congratulations you in grief, you will have a laugh ” – Jesus
He was also referred to be a Messiah, this term comes from Arameen and Hebrew, it means the anointed one, the one anointed with divine insights to lead his people.
The King Syrius who freed the Jew of the exodus from babylonia, was entitled to this titled and many other Jew kings.
After the Greek, Roman occupations and the prophecy yet to be accomplished from Elijah, a new Messiah was expected, the one who will free Israel from the Roman occupation, Jew people expected a military anointed leader. In these times of revolution, they were several messianic claims associated to violent revolutionary movements, even if Jesus did not claim himself to be the Messiah, it is said that he did not want to be associated to these violent movements, it is also said that he did not see himself as the messiah ( The messianic secret ), both interpretation are from my point of view considerable and not necessary in contradiction.
The major incident in Jesus revolution took place after Jesus reach Jerusalem, in the temple, he overturned the tables of temple merchants and money changers, in the context we are talking about one of the most important site of the Jew civilisation, the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed 2 times during various war and occupation, it was a symbol of the Jew civilization which under Rome occupation had shift into a house of commerce and the house of the Jew leaders ( Priest designed by Rome ).
” It is not written ? My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations, you made it a dawn of robbers ” – Jesus
The citation above was addressed to the priests in charge of the temple, collaborating with the Roman empire to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle of luxury and power in exchange of misery and privation to the people of Palestine.
After this incident, Scribs and Priest chiefs decided to remove Jesus out of their present reality, he was arrested without any resistance and judged for several crimes in which no witness would stand, and so the last charge which could be sentenced was his answer to the question ” Are you the Messiah ? ” to which he answered ” You said so “.
He was condemned for blasphemy and it was required to the Roman authority is sentence to death, only Rome could take the decision of a death sentence during their occupation of Palestine. The Roman authority through Ponce Pilate, ordered the execution of Jesus (willing or not to do so at a personal level ), Rome could not afford an uprising.
Knowing that crucifixion was used for crime of sedition against the Roman empire, the execution goes in the sense of the fear of insurrection.
Pastor Jim Lincoln
November 8, 2009 Jesus and Revolution – Mark 6:30-44
Consider John’s description of the crowd’s motive in 6:15, “They came out to Jesus in order to make Him king by force.” They came to force Jesus to be their new
revolutionary leader. They had enough of Herod and Rome and they wanted to run both out of town and they were not going to take “No” for an answer. Liberation and revolution were on their minds.
Now these men were right about Jesus – He is a king and He is a revolutionary, although not in the way anyone expected. Revolutionaries hand out weapons and begin boot camp and gorilla warfare training. Jesus gives out His word and bread.
Jesus is not interested in liberating the oppressed so that they can merely take the place of the rulers they now despise. First, they have to be taught by Jesus before they can ever lead in a good revolution.
There are hungers that political revolution cannot ever satisfy. Moreover, there is a significant danger by those who established political power without being taught by Jesus. Most are not ready for political power. I am not suggesting that Jesus is against political transformation. But when political change is not informed by the teachings of Jesus, it will never get its priorities right. Jesus’ kingdom is permanent, eternal, life giving and not just the replacement of one oppressor for another. Jesus is saying that if you know Me through My word, and through my deeds of healing people, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially then you are part of My revolution. That kind of revolution was unexpected.
Be careful of putting your hopes in anyone who wants political power but who has yet to be
taught well by Jesus, especially those who do not know about how Jesus uses authority or how He combines exclusive claims of authority with an inclusive love, or the value He put on all people regardless of race, gender, wealth and social status.
Jesus gave these men His word and then He gave them bread. Jesus demonstrated that His revolution was also about acts of love and mercy. He fed 5,000 hungry men and perhaps more. Yet, healing sick people, cleansing lepers, raising up children or feeding some slightly hungry people are not the kind of miracles revolutionaries desire.
When we think of miracles, we think of the suspension of the natural order.
However, Jesus’ miracles are the only pure natural things in a world that has become unnatural and wounded. God did not make the world the way it has become. God created a world with no hunger, disease, poverty, injustice, leprosy, blindness and death. Thus, these things are unnatural! Jesus’ miracles are not the suspensions of the natural order; instead, they are restorations of the natural order.
This is the Jesus revolution; this is His bread. Those who feast on Him, who taste and see the He is good, and learn from Him will follow His lead into His revolution. Someday, in the fullness of His kingdom He will satisfy every good hunger and more than you can possibly imagine.
JESUS – THE STONER
Most Christians might hate me for what I´m going to talk about here, so I will not take a personal point of view (All people that knows me are aware of my position on weeds – I love it for these which doesn´t know me) but an article of the Guardian as a source ( For what is worth).
” Jesus was almost certainly a cannabis user and an early proponent of the medicinal properties of the drug, according to a study of scriptural texts published in January 2003. The study suggests that Jesus and his disciples used the drug to carry out miraculous healings.The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kaneh-bosem which has since been identified as cannabis extract.The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Mr Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims.
“There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion,” Carl Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University said.
Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, he added: “Obviously the easy availability and long-established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably have included it in the [Christian] mixtures.”
Mr Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were “literally drenched in this potent mixture. Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier, it can also be absorbed through the skin”
The ancient recipe for this anointing oil, recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus (30: 22-23) included over nine pounds of flowering cannabis tops, Hebrew “kaneh-bosm”, extracted into a hind (about 6.5 litres) of olive oil, along with a variety of other herbs and spices. The ancient chosen ones were literally drenched in this potent cannabis holy oil.
You can find here the Chris Bennet´s perspective on the subject, make your own point: Chris Bennet. A good source if you more curious or sceptical on this topic.
JESUS – THE RETURN OF THE SON OF MAN
“ Truly I tell you they are souls standing here who will not taste death untill they see that the kingdom of God has come to power, in these days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give his light, the stars will be falling, the powers in heaven will be shaking, they will see the son of man, coming in great power and glory […] Truly I tell this generation will not pass away until it has happened ” – Jesus
Jesus returns is expected by the Christian churches for the final judgement, but Christian religion from my point of view understood since thousands year the power of the fear over masses control, they adapted Hell and Heaven, Angels and Demons meaning to serve their purposes, so the final judgement to me is also a mean of fear control, If the kingdom of God as to be expected, the final judgement ( my opinion ) refer to the social transition which will be ( or is ) taking place in our era.
Muslim eschatology discipline, which I personally find very interesting and pertinent through the lectures of Imran Hossein ( Islamic Scholar Imran Nazar Hossein
) announce the imminent return of Jesus, some student are talking about 20 years from now, others about much less time, I think the book ” Jerusalem in the Quran ” to be very instructive on this subject.
Jew´s prophecy announce the return of their king for the total recovery of Israel territory and are still waiting for their Messiah ( Jesus not being ever recognized as their Messiah due to the fact that Elijah shall have been present in the Jesus times to proclame his arrival, some texts affirm that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah, and so Jesus was the expected Messiah ). This prophecy led us to the geo-territorial war and illegitimate occupation of Palestine that is going on actually.
My opinion, I might be wrong of course but I am not expecting the return of Jesus in his physical form, but I can observe in my context the social changes imposed by austerity and financial powers, we are reproducing the same context, the poor are poorer and the rich gets richer to an unacceptable level, nations have more houses than citizens and yet millions of families are homeless, we produce food to feed 12 billions mouths and yet billions are starving, we pretend to be civilized and evolved, and yet billions spend their life experience in inhuman emotional and physical conditions, we are producing the context for such a Soul to enter into the game.
But as I can observe, social movement in streets prone the no-violent resistance (Coordinadora25S – No violent Civil disobedience – Spanish), 2000 years after the innovator, the message reached the masses, and for once it is not only into the words, but it take place into our automate reality, a very few minority of protesters uses violent means and if we remove the infiltrated cops, it becomes a few minority into a few minority.
I see here the return of Jesus values and actions, not only in one man but in millions, people over the world rise up against illegitimate oppression in a pacific and no violent way, using flowers against rifles, using love against fear.
We are the Souls standing here as mentioned in the gospel and proud to be with you millions people of the streets, because we all fight for what Jesus did, in different description but a world of dignity which removes misery and oppression against the weak, is the same direction.
” Truly I tell you they are souls standing here who will not taste death untill they see that the kingdom of God has come to power, […] Truly I tell this generation will not pass away until it has happened ” – Jesus
Of course they still are people who prone violence as a way of defending themselves against a violent oppressor, stating the no violence resistance is a social concept imposed by our leaders, you can realize that pacific resistance is way older than a new social concept, is has been the most repressed form of resistance in our civilisation, and today in any European town I go, I can see a church to remember me the power of Love against the oppression, so here´s my invitation, judge not, but educate people, make them realize the difference between Love and Fear, make them think about the wings they have when in love and the union that is creates between different person, make them remember how much fear can paralyse and the separation that it creates between two of us.
To me, those protesters in the streets are more Christian than the Pope himself who allows the Vatican to be owner of rifles factories, in their actions, from my perception of reality. What defines one is his actions, and going to a church is not what makes a good Christian, allowing a few to submit our futures generation to austerity by lack of will to resist, or because the church says it is the right thing to do, to support a government in place doesn´t make one a good Christian neither. What makes a good Christian (By Christian I mean a follower of Jesus teachings, not a follower a church) is the action we take in our daily life, are we acting within the principles of the Kingdom of God or are we acting without sincerity in the personal concern of our routine ?
Jesus teachings was a lifestyle inside certain guidelines defined by the unconditional love and forgiveness, the eternal wisdom and the deep insight of a spiritual life, he offered us the most simple path to enlightenment, yet we did not understood his message, may be because it sound to easy to be truth, or may be by a lack of faith in God ( Or the universe, for me ) but I truly can tell you one thing from my life experience, what you give away with the heart, will never miss you.
I will extend this subject on a further post about Christmas the celebration of Jesus birth in which we celebrate the materialism as a way of expressing love.
Jesus, if your Soul decide to send you back on earth to give us a hand on the current worldwide uprising, then please let us know ( I swear to my life we wont let them crucify you another time) , that would be a great honour to share a demonstration on your side, ( and a joint 😛 )
Otherwise, don´t you worry my dear and lovely Soul brother, we will make it in any case, we have no choice, we can not let them keep going on, we have allowed too much already.
PS: Wine and Bread are outdated in our times, you will have to try with cheeseburgers and coke …