What can the hook of Jesus be? Hook is short for fish-hook. In a more figurative sense, it means a trap or snare, something that attracts. If Jesus is used as a hook, fish may swallow the baits, hook, line, and sinker. He was deep into fishing lots of people. And the best for a fish in almost all cases is not being fished. A lot of fishes may have learnt too late that folks with hooks act like crooks. They entice with bait, but do not aim to let you have it in peace. A fish needs to see the bait is not a gift from above, that it is not meant to save, but to catch a fish.
The corn that fell to the ground and "died" was Jesus. He had done his task by being crucified and killed. That released the Holy Ghost, we are told, and from Acts 15 we learn that the indispensable "thing" for Christians (non-Jewish followers) is that Spirit of Truth and so on, and four requrements, one of which is not to eat blood food. Jesus is not into the Apostolic Deal that the church stems from. However, later flows of gospels of gospel added him in time, in part through forgeries, as a textual Bible critic can tell you more about. There are many details in books by Bart D. Ehramn, for example. The much later-added texts are not essential - not in the church that was founded decades before they were written and forged.
For a few centuries later writers and editors tailored a New Testament where Jesus serves as a bait-and hook to fish inexperienced guys.
There is no grandeur in being a little fish and fished, nothing very original. Why should Jesus think it to be grand to be executed, although painful? Or was John the Baptist who lived on locusts thought to be so grand that he escaped being beheaded?
But still, if the gospels have affection-value for you, take heart from this: In a gospel, John 14:11-12, Jesus says any follower may do greater works than him. Such 'original Christianity' means surpassing Jesus, and it is "taught by Jesus Christ". If you surpass him in the right Spirit, you get good guidance and reminders from within, as promised.
❋ To be phrase-independent can show real house-wife grandeur.
A Gift or a Bait
There is also the view - from words of Jesus - that salvation comes only from the Jews, and there are no other masters or Christs one should seek salvation from. The scriptural facts seem to be that Jesus never said that delicate, yogic pranayama was needed; but that being saved is a gift of heaven. That gift is The Thing in Christianity, even its sine qua non (without which, naught, i.e. what is indispensable). [Mark 14:36, etc.].
Consider the textual evidence and these points as you will. What took Jesus so long to find out he needed help against his gospel messages?
❋ Humble obscurity may be best for those who teach the world is unreal.
Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." [Matthew 9:12-13]
"If you are called to be a Christian follower, then you are sick, maybe covertly so," says Jesus, adding that the healthy and righteous do not need him at all. To be sick as a sheep may be to your loss.
Slave-takers are definitely robbers. Jesus says, by the way,
"No one can break into a strong man's house and take away his belongings unless he first ties up the strong man; then he can plunder his house. [Mark 3:27; Matthew 12:29]"
Jesus does not say no to such activity. His alleged father, Yahweh, instituted slavery in Exodus 22, a lot of execution reasons and vicarious sacrifice and scapegoating, and went for genocide of the Amalchites. Let us just say the slave-and-harem-keeping Abraham and his half-sister Sara were lucky to have sex before the Law of Moses.
Slavery was not annulled by Jesus. When he vouched for the Law in Matthew, he said yes to such as "Keep the Canaanite slave forever" [Leviticus 25:46]. Historically, slavery was common among Christians until into the 1800s. [Link] [Titus 2:9-10.]
Now it is called a Human Right to be free rather than taken a slave. That the Christian slave is "made righteous" may be of nothing but appearances.
❋ Vicarious sacrifice, which permeates the Law instituted by Yahweh, is based on letting innocents suffer and die for the sake of scoundrels, who think they are made clean that way.
The alleged mission of Jesus
First Jesus said he came for Jews alone and that his teachings were for Jews exclusively too. But Jews did not want him, no matter what he talked about his sheep who knew his shepherd voice, no matter how he longed for them like a mother hen [Matthew 23;37]! Then, when his unseen father (that he was one with, he said) had planned to sacrifice him to assist the Jews [cf. Leviticus 16], Jesus gave in and accepted to be butchered like a sacrificial lamb for them. The Jewish authorities soon saw to it that he was crucified as a blasphemer, according to the Law they had [Matthew 26;63-7].
You know that you are not popular when people want you crucified and prefer a highwayman instead of you [John 18;39-40]. The Father's Jesus-declared save-the-Jews mission failed. So did major decrees for Jews only, uttered by his own son. His doctrine was reserved for the Jews, he insisted. Adherents of Jesusism who have their foreskins but little Saturday-sabbath rest, may not actually qualify as followers. Let it be their problem. [Matthew 10:5; John 4:22]
Despite the Law what Jesus had vouched for in Matthew 5;17-20, he waived ritual slaughter of animals that the Bible tells God Father had instituted by the Law. And he waived the cramped and rigid sabbath rules that his Father had intended to be a main token of the right belonging. Yahweh had been so strict in such matters that right after he had delivered the Ten Commandments, an old man who had gathered some wood in the wilderness on the sabbath, was executed for it on His command. [Numbers 15:32-36]
Apostles of Jesus and the Holy Spirit soon followed up some waiving when they established Christianity as shown in their Apostolic Decree. They waived the need for Gentile followers to be circumcised [Acts 15], the other of the two key criterions for being God's own - added to the enforced sabbath rest. In the end it stood out that eating blood food was about as bad as adultery - maybe even worse for what we know - and so on. [Acts 15].
Jesus was very, very likely circumcised to be acceptable in the Jewish community, for such was the Law-enforced, ritual custom. The Christ, the image of God or the highest representation, was not found to be quite good enough unmaimed: they cut off his foreskin. He was maimed to be one of them. In the end they got rid of him anyway. A waste of foreskin it was.
❋ The cramped "God's people" found their "sure schemes".
"Fallen is Virgin Israel" - destroyed, and never to rise again
From the earthly ministry of Jesus,
"I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." [Matthew 15;24]
If by that he meant the ten northern tribes of Israel, God had already crushed and killed them all, say Amos and Hosea, and they were never to rise again. It is in the Bible. There were no such lost sheep to save, and to the degree he tried [Matthew 10:6; 15:24], he and his sent disciples were on a wild goose chase.
"I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel." [Hosea 1:4] "I will crush you". [Amos 2:13] "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again". [Amos 5:2].
As for Judah,
It does not say when and for how long none Judah will lie waste and desolate and none can live there, though. At any rate, many disregard the Bible's words that there were no lost sheep alive at the time of Jesus. Israel was fallen long ago (in the 700s BCE), destroyed, says Amos and Hosea, even though King David (10th century BCE) bragged, "The Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever . . . He was pleased to make me king over all Israel. [1 Chronicles 28:4]." Israel did not last, the kingship did not last, and 1 Samuel 8 describes the king as a slave-holding enemy of his people. Jesus as a Jewish king? Ow-oo.
❋ Don't always be deceived by religious and murky propaganda.
❋ Study to detect what is right, instead of just getting jammed.
Jesus held for a long time that his mission lay in reserving his efforts and so on for Jews. That failed. Even neighbours of his and his own family wanted him stoned. That failed too. In the end even the Father saw that his plans floundered, and then "the net" of Christianity was cast on Gentiles. That's how terrible things started to happen. Murders, Colosseum, millions killed with a firm faith that the end of the world was near - a faith that was strong and wrong.
Many Christians in the first century believed that Jesus would return during their lifetime. When the converts of Paul in Thessalonica were persecuted by the Roman Empire, they believed the end was upon them. [Matthew 24:15-22; Mark 13:14-20; Luke 21:20-33]
Some who believe literally in the Bible insist that it is futile to predict the date of the end, and some other writers believe that Jesus foretold of signs which would indicate that the end was near. End-times beliefs in Protestant Christianity vary widely.
❋ That the end time that was near was a misconception among early Christians; it stemmed in part from sayings by Jesus.
❋ It is said it was the blood of the martyrs that built the church, not the blood of Jesus.
Will all our ritual prayers go unheard since God refused to answer Jesus in the olive grove and on the cross?
These are important sayings aligned with:
Jesus: "All things are possible with God." [Mark 10;27].
So can God create a stone that is so heavy that he cannot lift it?
Towards the end in Gethsemane Jesus said in anguish, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." He fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me." [Matthew 26;36-9 extracts; cf. Luke 22;44; Mark 14;35-41].
No, it was not possible, not with God.
The betrayer Judas had been hand-picked by Jesus and never sent to Madagascar to prevent a future calamity either. Nor did Jesus dispense with him in other ways when there was plenty of time. As he said, "You did not choose me, but I chose you" [John 15;16].
Do not ask why Jesus chose largely illiterate persons and a deceiver to follow him around, with all his foreknowledge and mind-knowledge. Feel free to do much better than Jesus on the word of John 14;12.
❋ It is possible and fit not to ask Jesus of a thing, but to do better. [John 14:12]
Don't freak out: It is better not to be in contact with a crook
"I will ask the Father will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth." [John 14;12-3,15 - Excerpts]. "The Spirit of truth" - it sounds so good. For all that, those who wrote the four gospels did not get it right even when they wrote of core happenings in the gospels and Acts. For example, Judas died in two different ways, it says. [Link]
So, ardent prayers of Jesus were done away with; he was to be slaughtered, sacrificed for the sins of others, even though two goats rightly handled wold be quite enough on a yearly basis [Leviticus 16:21-22; 29-34]. Slaughtering an innocent for the sins of others, be it animal or Jesus, is a dismal, corrupt take, probably. The Norwegian poet Johan Herman Wessel (1742-85) wrote a poem about a much similar event: The people of a town executed an innocent baker instead of the smith who had killed someone. For the town had no smith to spare - and two bakers - and corruption.
❋ Things are finally clearing up, after all.
Scapegoating and victimizing bully - still alive
Normal people know that if a father loves his fairly all right son or is just, or both, he won't have his son slaughtered for the misdoings of others.
We can see that Jesus prayed to the Bible God as "righteous Father" [John 17:25]. But see through the demagoguery: God of the Old Testament (and Bible) instituted not only slavery, but also a hard scapegoat religion with heavy butchering of innocents - prime cattle, other animals and birds were to be killed for sins, neglects and gross offences of guilty guys. This went on year by year by year with no reneging. "Sin, but let animals pay and feed priests!" In psychology, those who succumb to primitive scapegoating may turn into hard mental cases. It could be good to be warned.
The basic scapegoating plot permeates the New Testament too, with some obvious links to mental cannibalism in the sacrament: "eat his body, drink his blood".
God had Jesus slaughtered like a lamb because he was not better than that, regrettably. Today we call brutal ones who kill innocent people to favour criminals, something else than righteous. Besides, there was no real need for man-slaughter: A couple of goats would have averted the calamity that year, if anyone had remembered what is in the Old Testament. Two goats were enough to clean the Hebrews for a year. "You will be clean from all your sins . . . it is a lasting ordinance . . . This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement [by two goats] is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites," the Lord commanded Moses. [Leviticus 16:21-22; 29-34]. Well, well well!
The idea behind sacrificing Jesus was to help criminals on and up. How many criminal activities today are due to that!
Few Jews converted to Jesus, so don't be taken in. God's plan may seem mysterious, cruel and corrupt, but it failed to the degree God really was out to save Jews by letting them welcome Jesus in the first place. Heart-felt prayers of Jesus were denied, but a scapegoating killing was welcome, nay, planned. The sacrifice of Jesus was not in vain if the secret mission of Jesus was to make the world a better place for criminals - sinners. Compare the proverb, "He that helps the evil hurts the good. [Dp 122]"
You are luckily called to surpass Jesus. The question is how you will do it.
❋ Mental cannibalism helps misbehaving guys mainly.
Jesus: "You have only one Master and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth "father," for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. You have one Teacher, the Christ. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled. [Matthew 23;8-12 (Excerpts)
Of course one may serve two masters; many do that. It just depends on how they are. You can serve two parents, for example, so it can be done. Compare John 14;12 and do as you find most fit for yourself. As for branches, they are free to adjust much, but usually depend on having a firm connection with a stem. If not they break off easily.
Goals to attain in a life may build up on top of each other. According to Dr. Abraham Maslow you may go for this and that by stages and thus reach fulfilments in a process called self-actualisation. It can be done; that is a good idea. Much decently had wealth may ease higher attainments as well. There is such a possibility [cf. Pusb; Zun; Rvl].
One should choose one's friends carefully: Jesus came for sinners, not healthy ones, who absolutely do not need him, says Jesus. [Mark 2:17; Matthew 9:13]
Accordingly, healthy individuals should not need Babaji and Yogananda in "constant communion" and league with Jesus, according to Yogananda.
❋ Be as classy as you can and live well.
The Christ, in part a repeat
In the New Testament the essential meaning of Messiah (Christ) swelled to include subtler sides of the universe, and the Greek translation 'Christ' took the place of the Hebrew 'Messiah'.
The healthy don't need a doctor. If so, who needs who?
The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah during the reign of Josiah:
Either it will be true, or it will not.
The God of the church breaks his word more than once
An intriguing question could arise here: When God promised something to someone deep asleep in the Old Testament - whether (1) vast tracts of lands for Abra(ha)m and his descendants, tracts Abraham has not got so far [Genesis 15:12 ff, Exodus 32:13], (2) a tent with eleven curtains of goat hair [Exodus 26:7], (3) ritual service around a chest of acacia wood [Exod 25:10] - all of it instituted "for all time" but (4) abandoned like his lasting dynasty for that did not last but was destroyed - why did not what he promised and instituted come true to last forever? anyway? That is part of an ongoing problem - but a problem that pales in the glimmer of hope from another look:
That God and Jesus break their promises is something to thank for
Broken promises put in the mouth of the Lord leave hope that there will not be an end of the world either. Let us hope that.
And yet, it can be worse than a cheap thing to put faith in a breaker of promises. Another problem rises and overshadows the others, perhaps.
A God-promise that is not coming true
A complex of problems - A dilemma arises, akin to "Too much of a good thing is a bad thing": If the whole of God's promise to Abraham had been fulfilled, the planet would be fabulously overcrowded. Just consider: "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever." [Exod 32:13]." It sounds nice to some, but happily for all of us they are not coming true:
According to current estimates, there are about 200-400 000 million stars in the Milky Way. The newest estimates gained by the Hubble space telescope are that there are 500 000 million galaxies in the universe, each with about 300.000 million stars, give or take. Thus, one estimate is there are 150 000 000 000 million stars around us. Compare that vast number to how many thriving inhabitants the Earth can hold, and get terribly dismayed. Some impressive-looking promises had better not come true.
As for another big promise, [Gen 22:17], how many grains of sand are there on Earth? To form an estimate, count how many grains makes a spoonful. Using a similar way of counting, plus some additional information, mathematicians at the University of Hawaii tried to guess how many grains of sand are on the world's beaches. They came up with 7,500,000,000,000 million grains. It means they would overcrowd the planet even if stacked. So luckily, that promise has not been fulfilled either. Look to the bright side of old God-promises he has never kept, and learn to consider.
Loose estimates are not the problem in this, but hard-headed belief in foolish or rash or just seeming promises that go blatantly unfulfilled. All promises in the Bible have not been fulfilled, and some of that God's promises never will and never can. Therefore there is still be time for innocent fun and development.
Unreliable and impressive
And if it is seen that the Christian's God is faking and unreliable, as judged by his non-deeds in the Bible and by the fact that many of his promises there go thwarted and unfulfilled to this day, there is perhaps a measure of sound hope in bearing in mind the Bible was written and edited by Hebrews who tried to make Jehovah appear awful and impressive.
Anyway, to be true to one's fit word is very, very good, and tends to be crucial for a man.
The secret value of not bringing the gospel to all nations -
Sound smartness is allowed, if not called for: When Jesus says that the gospel will be preached to all nations before the end of the world comes [Mark 13:10 ff], it matters not to bring the gospel to all nations of the world, for example on Borneo, and further. That might save the world from ultimate disaster according to God's Word . . . Do your part in hindering an ultimate bad thing. Hope actively.
We have to be fair and live up to the Spirit of Truth, or what?
"The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger. On that day you won't be put to shame [but not to death?] Sing, Daughter of Zion; shout aloud . . . Be glad and rejoice with all your heart. God . . . will take great delight in you. At that time I will gather you . . . bring you home. I will give you praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes," says the Lord. [Zephaniah 3:8-18, passim]
In these passages we are told that the whole world will be destroyed, but not all. Is it a kind of "You can eat your cake and have it too"?
Misplaced trust of old in the end of the world
Be that as it may, one can get outsmarted by great belief in tommyrot or scares. There are well over a hundredself-contradictive Bible sayings, by the way. Be sure you know the alternatives to be worst phrases there.
When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. [John 16:13]." The evidence is that the tongue-talker Spirit failed to do that, since the apostles and others believed and taught that the end of the world was near in their generation or so. They were wrong.
It shows up that Jesus passages were not considered necessary for non-Jewish followers - that is what all the apostles and the Holy Spirit concluded throughout Acts 15 and Acts 21:25, and formed a New Deal. Not one original word by Jesus was included. In the light of his self-maiming decrees and woes to hypocrite followers, that should be good news to lots of men -
Such things matter to realise thoroughly, to avoid making the mistake of misplaced trust. You can go for a rewarding, fulfilling and blossoming marriage, then, if that is best that you can do along life's journey.
Much adversity and no salvation
(no liberation) may finally be reaped by being taken in by a parading massa of inconsistencies that might well foster future misfortunes where even the details of your sex-life is guru decreed. Now man and woman were supposed to function above the animals. Savoury autonomy is part of it. Mending one's predominant thoughts to escape from wishful thinking is better than no own future. Allow yourself feelings and feel into fit persons of similar interests as you have. One of them you might want to marry.
❋ Do not let wishful thinking and unbiblical pledges get the best of you.
❋ To get stupidly religious often means getting duped, unprofitably conform and maybe quite idiotic too. You should not want that.
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