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8.17.2016

' What do you think happened to Jesus when he died?' This a young man asked me this morning. My reply : No offense friend. I say the following with all due respect. I think Albert Einstein was a great physicist. I don't care where he was born. It does not.....

No offense friend. I say the following with all due respect. I think Albert Einstein was a great physicist. I don't care where he was born. It does not affect my respect for his abilities as a scientist. I don't care where he died or how he died. That has no impact on what I understand to be his great contribution as a man. Jesus was the most Divine embodiment of unconditional loving that I have yet seen. I don't care where he was born. I don't care who his mother was. I don't care where he died. I don't care where he went after he died. I care about what he showed us as a possibility for how to be, how to live, in this life. I don't know anyone that agrees with me. I do know people in history that have agreed with me. Jesus agreed with me. Martin Luther King jr. agreed with me. Gandhi agreed with me. Teresa of Calcutta agreed with me. Leo Tolstoy agreed with me. There have been a few others. But the masses totally disagree with me.
I also couldn't care less whether the Prophet Muhammad was transported from Medina or wherever. Anyway, that isn't true that I don't care. I am horrified that we care about these Fairytales instead of looking at the goodness that these men did and following their example. I hate that.

I am not interested in the fairy tales. I am interested in the man Jesus. To try and learn to be like he was. Gandhi was interested in that. So was Martin Luther King. A major source for them was Leo Tolstoy and his books, the gospel in brief, and, the kingdom of God is within you. I do found those very helpful. I find the words of Jesus in the Bible very helpful and informative. I find the works of the scholar Dominic crossan very helpful. Most of what so-called Christians find helpful I find abomination. Be well friend. James

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