- since there are so many low things not to believe in.
George Cheyne, a Scotch physician, when a person was talking about the excellence of human nature, exclaimed: "Hoot, hoot, man. Human nature is a rogue and a scoundrel, or why should it perpetually stand in need of laws and of religion?"
◎ All religions are not alike, though.
A fit and high way consists in dropping foolish poverty and self-maiming, for Jesus said about himself, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." (Mark 2:17; Matthew 9:12-13). By 'sick' he meant morally depraved too, and by 'doctor' he meant himself. That stands out.
Jesus said many things contrary to getting and being sound, wealthy, of decent morality, and make precious use of time - all are of skilful life-handling, where we can stay as healthy as we can and go for endearing or solid gains, such as moral ones, proficiency, affluence, solid and harmonious relationships. At least we may try as we steer along the road of living.
Jesus said many things contrary to this, for he was in favour of self-maiming and keeping the Canaanite a slave forever and fulfilling "Law and prophets" somehow (Leviticus 25:46; Matthew 5:17). Jesus also launched sour decrees of self-maiming, self-inflicted poverty, and goof non-violence in various gospel passages (Matthew 5, passim).
But, again, Jesus says in two places that his teachings, kingdom and salvation are for Jews only (Matthew 15:24; 10:5-8), and in other places for ill ones among them only. [More about it]. A great hope there!
Yes, in the first church all the apostles and their Holy Ghost decided there are only four requirement for Gentile followers - that is, non-Jewish Christians (Acts 15. It is called the Apostolic Decree - the basis for all later-added Christian churches. Non even one original command of Jesus is among the four requirements, and note it well. If you are not of this target group, you might still try go by the Apostolic Decree. No's to blood food and to wrangled poultry are one of the four requirement. But you are not called by that Apostolic Decree, a corner-stone of Christianity, to abide by the teachings of Jesus - living in poverty and non-planning ahead and still dare to call him "Lord, Lord" without doing as he commands his Jews to do.
Won't you be healthy instead of sick? If you are healthy Jesus is not needed for you, he says. [Mark 2:17; Matthew 9:12-13]
Gospels and gospel sayings were added to the churches as they grew up, in part invented sayings, often different, maybe forged. In the course of time four of all the contending gospels were chosen and edited. It means there are no verbatim, absolute reliable quotations of Jesus. He did not write anything himself, and some of his first disiples were simple people. The health-concerned non-Jew or Jew of good standing has not need of forgeries in the mouth of Jesus.
No to blood food is still "good Latin" among followers in the Orthodox Church, for one thing [Also Acts 21:25]. There are not good enough reasons to think that the various statements of Jesus and the crucifixion of him were intended for others than Jews either, for that is what the gospels state.
◎ Along the road, all the apostles and the Holy Ghost agreed on an easier life for Gentile followers than for Jews, says the Bible (Acts 21:25).
God Sacrificing Himself - Ooh
Speaking of God sacrificing Jesus for the sake of stubborn scoundrels (his people), a couple of goats sacrificed each year should have taken all the sins away from the people yearly, according to a God's ordinations that were to last "forever" [Leviticus 16], like the goat tent services around the ark. "This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come." [Exodus 27:21; 28:43; 29:9; 30:21; etc.] And what about eating fat and blood? There is a "lasting ordinance" against such things too. [Leviticus 3:17]. Resting on Saturdays and "denying yourself" on Saturdays [i.e., Sabbaths] is also a lasting ordinance, by the way [Leviticus 16:31].
"Lasting" in the sense "disabled anyhow" - is not that God's word for you? [cf. Leviticus 16:14-39]
It also stands out that God's alleged sacrifice of Jesus for the Jews was in vain and remains so till this day. And was it needed in the first place, when two goats would do the trick, according to some Bible chapter [Leviticus 16]? And as for most other people, they have not been interested in Christianity, and that is still how it is around the globe. Say thanks for that, for it suggests the end of the world is not near Not all peoples have heard of or read about Jesus yet, and doomsday is not to come till then, says Jesus. "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. [Matthew 24:14]
◎ Is eating fat and blood less terrible today than in Bible times?
Thank for Native American nations so far
As good luck will have it, Native American nations have not been in contact with white men yet and that have not got any doomsay-giving testimony. Let us hope it will remain that way. It stands to reason.
As someone who wants to preserve the planet from disaster and distress, discard Bible publishing for the sake of this rare planet and its wonderful atmosphere. You can breathe; there are many opportunities that go along with it, and some for sound progress too.
◎ It definitely helps to preserve Native American nations in South America.
Isn't there something?
Do not be taken in at every turn. The Bible was written by Hebrews or Jews and seriously redacted by men too. It is not so consistent either. Some customs and ceremonies keep many people tied to marring or religious ideas of no or little use. Consider the value of tough sports and foolish entertainment shows in such a light. Dare to ask such as, "What is of real value? Isn't there something better to do?" instead.
And even if you see glimpses of something better to spend time on and with, you have to go against many degenerate currents in the large society. Do not brag and make it harder to advance upstream by showing off. Look to the salmon ascending a river to make little of the good thing you are doing when it takes you upstream somehow.
Conformist consumerism, when it turns into common living, is not much to boast of either, even though it holds many common fares in life.
◎ Do you want to go upstream from here and live as a decent, healthy human, self-controlled, artistic, and not abandoned? Then try to do something rewarding about it.
Do something - learn biodynamic gardening and how to live in higher ways than erring along in conformity, for example
The king of Jew is not much to boast of [1 Samuel 8]. "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man [1 Kings 4:29-31]."
Regardless of that, he gave in to such idolatry that he lost God's favour and the dynasty fell asunder too. Regardless of that, at the time of Jesus, Jews kept waiting for an earthy king, another Messiah (oil-anointed one), and the ancestry line of Jesus was stupidly falsified to present him as of that condemned royal line, through Joseph, who was not his real father we are told: God or an angel was. Jesus is not spoken of as God either, not until he claimed to be "I am" and was crucified for it as a blasphemer.
The belief that vicarious sacrifices of animals - and of Jesus - truly helps, should be debated along with the faith that the God behind sacrifices of innocent victims is righteous. To sacrifice innocents for the sake of nasty rascals equals corruption, at least on a human level. Do not be fooled by the demagoguery who calls a vendetta-fond, sacrificing, victim-making being righteous when he was about to sacrifice him [John 17:25]. Not "righteous," but "doing-things-in-vain" makes sense. Also, see for yourself to what degree "corrupt" is fit.
According to Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus said the Law of slavery, ritual circumcision, enforced Saturday rest, bloodshed and ruthless executions was valid. But why interchange Jesus for a couple of goats each year? Feel free to do better and let the goats be free as they are intended to be. There is a better righteousness than "righteousness-kill". Affirm: "Morbid is morbid" and do something fit about it. Go on to draw benefits from Buddha's main teachings.
◎ Sacrifice is ruthless and quite demanding.
The first king of Jews was found hiding among baggage
The people of Israel wanted a king rather than God's leadership through judges. "Set a king over us," they demanded.
Saul was chosen. When they looked for him, they could not find him. God said, "He has hidden himself among the baggage."
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man God has chosen?"
Do you? After some time the word of the Lord came to Samuel: "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." [1 Samuel 15:10]. Saul had not wiped out the Amalekites, and thus he had disobeyed God [1 Samuel 15:18]. The bible tells he went insane after "an evil spirit from God" began to torment him. [1 Samuel 16:15], after he did not kill others at God's command. [1 Samuel 10 (extracts)].
◎ God chose someone who did not kill as much as he wanted, and who later went insane.
"Better than Jesus" is okayed in John 14:12
Love to do better than Jesus. After all, he was not a good gardener, did not know the facts of seeds or how to handle weeds. It is not a good shepherd who jeopardises a whole flock for the sake of one stray lamb either, for that matter. Just feel free to surpass Jesus in any way you can, and find a moral that is higher than the dark one of sacrificing victims, which is Christianity for you. Luckily, there is such a way open. Buddha teaches it.
Hence, you can kick out the god(s) of slavery, gross, vicarious sacrifice, and ruthless executions and self-maiming or castration against normal sense, and embrace something much higher and better. To add one more, if you turn the other cheek and no one arrests the robber and gang criminal who hits defenceless ones, you passively favour crime and fiends. Do we want that, or do we want life to be fit?
Drop Jesus and his dangerous commands. The apostles did, and the Holy Spirit too (Acts 15 is about it). If you do not, there is something wrong with you; you do not listen to what Jesus says, that healthy ones do not need him, and that it is better to be healthy than a sick sheep, so to say. Get real.
◎ If you turn the other cheek to "Ruthless executions of many innocents is not fine," the prospect of being a coward may rise.
Is there a fifty percent chance that the heaven-door will not be opened, no matter how hard you knock?
You cannot punch your way into heaven [Sicilian proverb].
"To him who knocks, the door will be opened [Luke 11:10]." Some cling to clichés like that like crazy, ignoring that the door will remain shut to half of those who knock in another passage [Matthew 25:1-13]. So do not succumb to wishful thinking as if by magic. Which one will it be? Those who put much faith and actions on parables and sayings that tell two different things, may be fooled by both.
For non-Jewish followers, all the dictates of Jesus were ditched by all the apostles and the Holy Ghost (Acts 15; 21:25). It would be well to bear in mind, "Let us live up to what we have already attained. [Philippians 3:4-16]
◎ "Don't believe everything you are told" is an old lesson.
Swindling Ones Are Not Kind for It
It pays not to succumb to old and new boasts that are imposed on goofs to make them support a clergy or nasty cause. Such big boasts may be embedded in many common terms we use too, like "Christ". It took off from the concept "oily" (oil-anointed), i.e. king - but grew much taller. It took off. Do not let big boasts of "gods" without satisfying evidence serve you.
Yet he ignored significant items of that Law himself. He "messed it up" quite extensively, it appears.
But see John 14:12 and realise that God's chosen ones hopefully could waive lots of Jewish tenets as they went on. With God all is possible, massive lying, hypocrisy, stealing, persecutions, murder, and other infamies: "With God all things are possible." If these were not, Jesus would be lying again. Here is the question: "If God is almighty, can he create a stone he cannot lift?"
There are central places in the Bible where "almighty God" allegedly promised this and that - a lasting dynasty, for example, and what later happened shows it did not come true. Moreover, many things that God institutionalised and ritualised to last forever, are now defunct. Forever is a long time . . .
Do not be taken in by words like "almighty" and "infinite" any longer. That is a handy lesson to derive from here.
◎ New boasts tend to make victims hopeful - After Jesus was executed as a criminal or maniac, the faith in him as the Son of God and God too, took off and got out of hand. Some Bible passages have been forged to suit such gradiose growths -
Consider the Mess and Drop Bleating
For your own possible good, keep aloof from Jesus (John 14:12) and fellows who say they serve him without showing any of the signs - throwing mountains into the sea, for example - who do not give away everything, and so on. As it is, all his chosen dear ones deserted him and fled when things were going rough for a while there, and the bravest of them, Peter, denied Jesus three times. These were the chosen ones - hand-picked, just as Judas was.
An all right leader should attract all right commanders beneath him.
Do not be content with evil companions and conditions. It is fit to do better (John 14:12) and not always turn the other cheek and let yourself be robbed on the dictate of Jesus either. If not, your life could be endangered, or you may become frozen (rigid within) and vain as you gulp up slogans you do not live up to, and thus makes yourself something like another sullen hypocrite.
◎ Do not try to throw mountains with endangered species into the sea in ruthless ways that make dangerous waves - It stands to reason . . .
And then there is the common problem of quite confused hypocrites, who call Jesus "Lord, Lord," without doing what he commands, and without knowing it is probably perfectly all right not to. They may feel guilt in vain, lots of them. And why? Because the Gentile followers got an easier path. They had only four requirements, and one of them was no to blood food, says Acts 15. Among the four requirements for Gentile (non-Jewish) followers - the foundation of the Gentile Christian church - there are no decrees of Jesus. The gospels were hardly put down in writing then either. If the Holy Ghost had found that Jesus had taught anything of value, on the other hand, it should have been incorporated among the requirements.
To follow Jesus when there is no need for him, for example like statues of salt (the salt of the earth) does not have to be pleasant. But you can do a lot better in a right spirit (Acts 15; John 14:12).
◎ Only four requirements are enjoined on the non-Jewish followers. Perhaps "anything beyond this comes from the evil one. [Matthew 5:37]." Interestingly, Jesus did not live up his decree for followers in his answer to "Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." [Matthew 26:63 ff]
Tip: See what they say and compare with what they do themselves, and do not be all taken in by words.
Always painful fools are not good company to keep
Keep a fit distance to messy ones; avoid contact with sordid fools, for your own good. That is Buddha's counsel, found in several texts, and also in the Dhammapada chap 5; Besides, "if a man does not see fools, he will be truly happy," we read in verse 206, and, "He who walks in the company of fools suffers a long way; company with fools, as with an enemy, is always painful; company with the wise is pleasure, like meeting with kinsfolk." [verse 208]. "It is better to live alone, there is no companionship with a fool; let a man walk alone, let him commit no sin . . ." [Dhammapada 330] Moreover, "Who keeps company with wolves, will learn to howl, not only growl. [cf. Dp 36]"
Get companions that go for fair play, fair deals, rather. And leave Christian baptism, sacraments, the speaking of tongues, the forged, added missionary command [Matthew 28:18-20; cf. Mark 16:14-19] - and why? Because that command is a later forgery. And the four requirements for Gentile followers do not even mention Jesus [Acts 15; 21:25].
By the way, have you observed that the gospel of Thomas and other interesting scrolls of the early church were not discovered by followers of the Holy Spirit who was commissioned by Jesus to lead them into all truth, but by Moslems?
◎ Fair deals should not be without a rudder.
"Keep the Canaanite slave forever"
The Old Testament regulates slavery [Exodus 21 ff], and neither Jesus nor Paul go against it. Paul: "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. [Eph 6:5]." Paul also calls his converted slaves to God [Rom 6:22], and mentions that "I beat my body and make it my slave" [I Corinthians 9:27]. He wrongly tells that "the heir child is no different from a slave [Gal 4:1, extracted] - along with other statements for and against slavery. If you look for consistency, look elsewhere.
The Old Testament commands such as, "Keep the Canaanite slave forever [Leviticus 25:46]," and Jesus behind "Whoever wants to be first must be your slave [Matthew 20:27; Mark 10:44]," insists that the law is to be valid and that he came to uphold it. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets . . . but to fulfil them." [Matthew 5:17]. Jesus thereby stands for grave mistreatment of people, which everybody should know.
Here is a funny streak: It may be that the majority of Jews were Canaanites themselves. There is archelogical support for that view - and divided opinions.
◎ Whoever wants to be first should be the first to ride his horse back home.
Consider the good teachings of Buddha a lot, so you can grow in them
You cannot help swine much if you make yourself into one in sympathy with swine. And you may not be able to help others if you go down through sympathy that is misused, and neglected self-help. Seek to prosper, then help as you can afford it. Charity begins at home, but it does not have to stop there (American proverb).
Stop sacrificing or victimising yourself as a result of terribly unwanted and unneeded commands of a bad dictator that is called God, like so many Roman emperors . . . Go for constructive, health-helping outlets according to the light you have. And if you find it fit to trust someone else, consider too, for it is better to have some initial reserve than being outright cheated.
It can work well to visualise that we can amount to much and get better, and then practice toward the goal performances and goal circumstances visualised. There is evidence that judo-like visualizations work well.
◎ To go for being called God may be a sign of psychopathy.
"Jews will not be oppressed"
One bible passage reads, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth - men and animals . . . and birds of the air - for I am grieved that I have made them." But do you really think you can drown a swimming whale by adding water? How can you drown an albatross that can sail on and on at sea, float on the waves and loves fish? by letting it rain? Now, Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord, and mankind survived, for a drunk Noah had sex with his daughters, the Bible says. [Genesis 6:7-8]. Incest was not forbidden by any law of Moses then - The Bible's God who had found the people living on earth corrupt and violent, broke his own oaths and promises, says the Old Testament. [cf. Exodus 32:9-10; 2 Samuel 7:8-10]."
After Aaron had made a calf of gold and the whole people had worshipped it, God wanted to burn and destroy them [Exodus 32:9-10]." But Moses said to him: "Remember . . . you swore by your own self: "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 . . . forever.'"
The Euphrates terrain and very much else remains to be given to this day, though. And the stars in the sky are many. The observable universe contains about 30 to 70 sextillion stars organized in more than 80 billion galaxies that form clusters and superclusters. Alan Guth thinks the entire Universe could be at least 1023 to 1026 times as large as the observable universe. So is there really enough place on this planet for, say, 50 sextillion (50 billion billion) Jews, even if put on top of each other all over the earth for three hundred storeys? I hardly think so. And where should they get their food from? From tentacles swinging to and fro in the air? Let that be Jehova's problem. At least it is not mine.
Jehovah is also reported to have told the prophet Nathan:
Tell my servant David, "This is what the Lord Almighty says: . . . I will provide a place for my people Israel and . . . they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore . . . [2 Samuel 7:8-10].
There are other mock guarantees too for those who care to look up:
The Lord himself will establish a house for you: . . . I will raise up your offspring to succeed you . . . I will establish his kingdom.. . . I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever . . . He will be my son . . . my love will never be taken away from him . . . Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever [2 Samuel 7:11-16].
Forever is such a long time, but "phoney forevers" are not . . . Try to absorb the lessons hinted at above. And see what happened to God's Forever-Kingdom too. It broke and fell apart. It did not last. [A source: Wikipedia, s.v. "Observable universe"]
◎ "God says one thing and something different happens". We have to accept for our own good that several God-promises of the Bible have not come true.
◎ Also, there is much good to say for the jolly pig. When he squeals, he seldom or never leads innocents astray by obvious demagogy.
To reach out a lot to sheep - is that a bit fit?
Consider teaching sheep to their benefit and the most likely effects: Sheep bleat in a herd and mostly follow those who feed on them, although not perfectly. That is to be expected, but here and there a sheep may grasp a thing or two and adjust its ways for the better for the sheep. Let us hope that.
Stay firm on facts, for life tends to work better that way. Adjust to basic facts of life as profitably as you can, including facts of history if you find them. Be no misty Bible freak; a victim of slogans.
This does not mean that every isolated decree in the Bible is of no worth. Still, you may probably find that basic teachings of Buddha tackle problems far better. And it is probably better for most people to take a more rewarding course than one that includes faulty and messy Bible slogans and citations.
◎ It should be much better to consider the significance of the south and north nodes and their angles in the sky chart of the birth moment (i.e., the birth horoscope) than to fall victim of dogmatic, faulty teachings. Some sides to Indian astrology seek to do that to help good living, protect good, and foster spiritual advancement.
Here are salient points from the above sections. They have been arranged for the benefit of good ones. You can learn to extract stringed summaries from this table-essay yourself, and it is feasible to form many such summaries if you like [Link].
A good gardener is not sulking and imposing faulty rules on any living beings he tends to
Discard Bible publishing for the sake of the future and this rare planet.
Forever is such a long time, but "phoney forevers" are not. God's Forever-Kingdom floundered and did not last.
If the Holy Ghost had found that Jesus had taught anything of value, it should have been incorporated among the requirements. But Jesus stands for grave mistreatment of people [through Matthew 5:17-20]. In that passage Jesus accepts the Law of slavery, ritual circumcision, enforced Saturday rest, bloodshed and ruthless executions as valid, as things he came to uphold.
Further, Jesus was not a good gardener. Go for surpassing Jesus in any fine way you can. It is fit to drop waiting for Messiah on doomsday today and instead plant an apple tree. Also, drop sacrificing or victimising yourself as a result of terribly unwanted and unneeded commands of a bad dictator.
To find out of things, go for studying the life significance of the south and north nodes and their angles in the sky chart rather than falling victim to faulty teachings.
To drop foolish poverty, self-maiming, and slovenliness is for the proficiency fare. ◊
Non-dwarfing teachings are found in the Dhammapada too
All forms of Christian self-maiming are not alike. Some Catholic monks used to flog themselves and wear chains that gnawed into their flesh.
Consider the goodness of teachings that tell us not to sacrifice animals or others or yourselves, as none of that is truly wanted. [More]
Accept that the good and non-dwarfing teachings of Buddha are better than the maiming teachings of Jesus - teachings that the Holy Ghost dispensed with wholly for non-Jewish followers in the significant Acts 15.
It is not fully fit to teach that the Bible says no to slavery when it is institutionalised in it, is told to be valid by Jesus, is accepted by Paul, and so on: Accept the whole picture, and not just isolated strands in it.
All religions are not alike. Those teachings that allow you affluence - not those of Jesus - may work for good. And such teachings are found in Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. ◊
Be polite enough to escape being sacrficed by gutsy fools
It may help to consider the good teachings of Buddha a lot, to grow in them. And go for endearing or solid gains, such as moral ones, proficiency, affluence, solid and harmonious relationships.
If you find it fit to trust in someone, check the data; several God-promises of the Bible have never come to pass. ◊
Some customs and ceremonies keep many people tied to ideas of little use. Discard them.
Some customs and ceremonies uphold decency. Hold on to them. Do what you can to promote good living, protect good, and foster spiritual advancement. To be sound, wealthy, of decent morality. and seek to make precious use of your spare time in polite enough ways.
Listen to what Jesus says, that healthy ones do not need him. Stand firmly by facts to judge well. ◊◊
Fair deals should not be without a rudder. Go for being the first to ride your horse all the way back home.
Jesus did not live up his decree for followers in his answer to "Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." [Matthew 26:63 ff]
You may not be able to help others if you go down through sympathy that is abused. Do not turn the other cheek to let yourself be maimed and robbed on the dictate of Jesus either. Where the rules of the game are "Whoever wants to be first must be your slave [Matthew 20:27; Mark 10:44]," it pays not to go for being first or second.
Acts 15 and 21:25 say the Ghost and all the apostles did not include anything by Jesus among the four requirements for non-Jewish followers. Consider as well that two goats a year for all time to come should make the Father's sacrifice of him unnecessary. [Leviticus 16] You can let that be "a testimony to all nations".
Along the road, all the apostles and the Holy Ghost dropped all the decrees of Jesus. ◊◊◊
Do not brag and thereby make it harder to advance upstream by showing off.
Go for a better righteousness than that of the gospels, for your own safety.
Let goats roam free where conditions allow for happy long-range outcomes of it. It is probably better for most people to take a more rewarding course than one that includes faulty and messy and sullying Bible slogans.
Refrain from putting faith in parables and sayings that tell irreconcilable things. See what the gurus (teachers) say and compare with what they do themselves. ◊◊◊
To sacrifice innocents for the sake of nasty rascals equals corruption.
Do not be taken in by big words like "almighty" and "infinite", And find out what may be meant by "decent, healthy human, self-controlled, artistic" as you learn to draw benefits from Buddha's main teachings. ◊◊◊◊
On the other hand, dictates of Jesus were ditched by all the apostles and the Holy Ghost (Acts 15; 21:25). Now what about you?