Sunday, June 14, 2015

Did Jesus Really Die for Me?

The Orthodox Christian God Jehovah (YHWH) is a father who is actually proud that he contracted his son’s death for 30 pieces of silver; then, for the rest of our human lives we are beholden via guilt to worship this vile god. Humans are threatened by fear and death to obey a god who made abusive demands on his son and continues to make similar disrespectful demands on any followers. This god then compels by threat of death, insisting that we owe our life, our gratitude to him for offering this blood sacrifice.
 
A blood sacrifice, in my estimation is “of the dark” rather than the light. Does not the Bible itself say, “Do not be owing any one a single thing; except to love one another”? So, why do we "owe" obedience? Why accept the guilt and fear of displeasing a god who insists on a blood sacrifice to be his follower? Maybe such a god is really a devil wearing the mask of love.
 
The Bible also warns its readers, “By their fruits you will recognize these men” — or gods.
 
An ancient group known as the Gnostic Christians, on the other hand, believe that Jesus survived the crucifixion and went on to raise a family with his beloved wife, Mary Magdalene. The Gnostic gospels say that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were healers who shared their gifts with the people of their day. The Gnostic Jesus sounds like an “empowered” Jesus, rather than a “victim” Jesus. People need to feel empowered rather than victimized. IF a leader is self-empowered and self-directed, then his followers also can likewise feel self-empowered and self-directed. Sadly, self-empowerment rarely happens because egos will get in the way. Better still, we can follow our own internal guidance, rather than some self-described leader.
 
Jehovah of the Bible sounds eerily similar to the blood sacrifices demanded by Mohammed or Allah or any other gods who teach the hell-fire or Armageddon doctrines. Each of these religions are "punishing" belief systems.
 

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