Commands Not Worth Going For
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Throughout Acts 15 and in Acts 21:25 the message for non-Jewish followers is: no to blood food, pretty much grouped under "adultery" and two more things. These are the four requirements for non-Jewish Christians. Maiming the foreskin was foregone. The events and decisions of all the apostles and the Ghost together in Acts 15 are what the Apostolic Decree is about. The gospels were hardly or not collected at the time, and there are no commands of Jesus in operations either. It means that in the "good old days" people could be Christians - by the Holy Ghost descending on them - without knowing one word ascribed to Jesus in the four gospels, those much-later-comers. [Wikipedia, s.v. "Council of Jerusalem"]
Thus, a Christian should not have to listen to Jesus-ranting about maiming one's body parts for lust in the mind; giving up one's valuables to be poor, letting bullies win by turning the other cheek, and letting insistent ones have one's home, possessions, by just asking. Jesus has decreed many things that in sum makes life miserable up to unbearable to followers, even when one excludes the violent persecutions that he vouced for too.
Those who heed the words by Jesus today, must be misled, as compared to the huge majority that keeps beggars at a distance, never give up their homes gladly, just by being asked, who pluck out their eyes and tear of limbs, and maybe swear!
The vast majority of Christians do not maim themselves. They cling to their treasured possessions, and shield themselves against thieves and more. But if they understand "follow Jesus" as living according to the Deal vouchsafed to non-Jewish followers in Acts 15, they are in line with all the apostles, the Holy Spirit, and the early Church, and that is not little, nothing to be trifled with.
Should Jesus be allowed to condemn anyone acting in accordance with the Holy Spirit and the apostles of old? that Great Deal of Acts 15? You must ask him what right he has to do so! Granted that his supreme task was to be "butchered" for the benefit of others, the one thing that matters is that his sacrifice allowed the Holy Ghost to descend on folks, and that is what being saved means, and that is the basis of the Church. So if you are saved in that biblical sense, you have got the Holy Ghost in you, are taught from within, it says, and may be allowed many pleasures - but not black pudding.
To those who have said "Jesus is my Master, Lord, or whatever," there is good reason to pinpoint that he said you are meant to surpass him in the Ghost [John 14:12], and if you don't believe it can be, try to stand up to his gospel words in the matter:
A repeat: the commands of Jesus - each and every meant for Jewish followers only or mainly - were not included in the deal for non-Jewish followers. For a reason! That is what the New Testament says. There are many Bible translations online, for example the NIV (New International Version). You may find these bible words there, to feel sure.
❖ There are things to believe and not to believe. It is unwise to be gladly misled to give up valuable assets, a fit life and property for God, for that was not called for.
❖ Inherently harmful commands are seldom worth going for in times of peace and prosperity.
A conviction is a tall belief
Propagation has many outlets, and unsavoury propagation takes many forms. Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) once said, "You don't have to believe; you can know. If I had a thousand mouths, I would speak through them all to convince you [Ak 111]."
He did not have a thousand mouths. There is reason to think that having one mouth and one tongue in it is quite enough. Moreover, having one, well unified and careful teaching is better than saying this and that and regretting parts of it after some time. Not regretting mishap statements and contradictions of oneself is not a good sign; it speaks of lack of decency somehow.
One should go for fair, central issues in the first place and a non-branding approach as far as can be.
Ultimate Reality is also called Essence embodied in phenomena or things that may be perceived by the mind-and-senses. Learning and schooling can both assist soundness.
In schooling the focus needs to be main ideas, and methods need to be well adapted to to how memory and solid learning work in unison. Many sorts of learning citations and curriculums form attitudes and social skills. You can profit from mind-mapping, at least a little bit. [More]
Buddhist Teachings Help Everyday Living a Lot
We might do well to seek out the basic, best teachings of Buddhism before or after dropping the confusing bible "mess" that various cults, sects, and the like profit from by riding on top of confused members and children. Hence, there is hardly good enough reason to go much into sayings put in the mouths of Jesus and Yogananda, no matter how tempting it is at times to have some fun.
You have perhaps noted that in the first church they soon found a better way than all the teachings of Jesus, which they dispensed with in Acts 15 and 21:25, and the Holy Ghost agreed! See for yourself and feel assured.
Jesus means that some could get a following as christs by deception. Do we have to lend ear to any of these, to Jesus or others who scheme to have us killed and sacrificed? Do not let them get the better of you. Say yes to the good tidings and drop what as you are permitted to, taking care of your health and so on [Matthew 9:12-13].
The End of the World Could Be Hindered by the End of Christianity
But going to the most ancient sources is not much, where for example Peter says,
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering. You are blessed. . . . It is time for judgement to begin with the family. Continue to do good. [1 Peter 4:7, 14, 15, 17, 19, passim]
Luckily, the end that he "foresaw" after allegedly having been given the Spirit of Truth and correct prophesies, has not appeared. Also, Jesus seems to say:
"The four winds" may need some elaboration. Which are they? And are not the winds from south-west and north-west among the great winds - capable of hurricane strength? And what about the wind from north-north-west? Are there no elect to gather in it? "The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The answer is blowing in the wind," sings Bob Dylan.
Did the presaged, tragic things happen at the time the apostles expected? No. And they had allegedly been given the spirit of truth to inform and remind them, Jesus is quoted to say in gospels.
Can words remain if the universe disappears? How can it be ascertained without a shadow of doubt?
Many words of Jesus seems to have disappeared altogether. The fact that there are mere fragments left in such as in the gospel of Thomas show it well enough. And compare John: "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written [John 21:25]."
They were not written down, the gospel says. Much seems to be missing, then, but it does not matter, once you grasp the Big Thing: you do not have to go into that matter at all when you come to the beneficial teachings that Buddhism proffers to the end that very much could go your way too.
The above saying put in the mouth of Jesus did not go down the drains, though, even though it is very likely a later, added forgery: "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]." Just ask yourself: "Did the end of the world come during the generation of Jesus, or the first, second, third, or fiftieth after him?" Not so. What is more, as long as the gospel is not preached among all the nations in Amazonas and New Guinea and wherever they might be, there is great hope.
Grasp the Egg of Columbus in a thrice: to hinder much devastation ahead, keep some areas on New Guinea and Borneo and many other places free from Christian missionaries and influence, to prevent the end of the world, a very bad thing. Be on your guard that no one deceives you. Stand firm against the demagogy of sallow ones: those who actively work to usher in the end of the world by spreading the gospel "everywhere".
As an example of further obsolete thinking, Jesus also said right before a cloud hid him: "You will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth." [Acts 1:8] Luckily, the earth has no corners, no ends. It is round and spinning. According to that, there will be plenty of time, plenty of time.
Paul too is occupied with the end, the day of the Lord. [1 Cor 1:8; 15:24; Hebr 9:26]. The first Christians were convinced by faith that the end was near, and many welcomed being massacred, even with "Hoorays", one may figure.
Which Generation Is Going to Count in the End?
If Jesus talked about his own generation in the quote above, his prophesy is sham. The earth still revolves.
The first apostles thought the end of the world was near, but they were mistaken. Mind they were mistaken after having got the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth and Reminder of his words, according to Jesus.
Let there be no room for misplaced faith in Bible utterances. Try to live well, rather. Why not try out sound, sustainable, beneficial and biological farming and gardening instead of getting bible occupied? You can let there be room for much else that helps in your life as well.
"My Words Will Not Pass Away"
"My words will not pass away," said Jesus. But for all that, a large amount has disappeared.
When Jesus grew up, he hardly was dumb. And when he did miracles, he let words accompany them. What is written in the gospels, are some words only, some of which appear to be forgeries. In additions there are Scroll findings in Nag Hammadi and Quran: newly found scrolls of texts with holes - holes that mean that words attributed to Jesus have gone to pieces.
Gospel sayings of Jesus look ponderous. However, false is false. False teachings can hurt you. The false prophet is marked by wrong prognoses, says God in the Old Testament. Consider the fruits of Jesus in the light of the directives of his claimed Father:
You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him. [Deut 18:20-22]
We can rise above fanatics. Buddha holds that "The noble method is rightly seen and rightly ferreted out by discernment." [Anguttara Nikaya 10:92]
If deeds and words differ, the goings may count the most, no matter what is said.
It is wise to master several Hindu virtues in time, as we grow older: wealth, sexual prowess, health, increased freedom degrees (many come with riches). The four relate to the Hindu life ideals and attainments of artha (wealth), kama (lust), dharma (righteous way of living), and moksha (freedom). Health is added here. According to psychoanalytic thinking it depends on unhampered flow of "source libido", a fit and developing moral (decency), and skills of living too, or adequacy.
As you get skilled and not killed, there are finer fares and nuances to venture into, such as the arts of writing, painting, science disciplines, and so on. Terseness and blandness could help a study. As a result of good education and study you may not succumb to fervent religiousness to the end of getting abused around the corner either.
Seek and find the most verified or plausible option and make use of it as flatly and blandly as can be.
Take it easy to avoid getting tense. Sects profit from inwardly tense persons to the end that they get screwed.
Jesus condemned hypocrites [Matthew 7:5; 15:7-8; 23:14.-33, etc], but two gospels present him as one. He condemned people who did what the gospels say he himself did: In one place he said he had told nothing in secret [John 18:20]. In another place he said he had taught his disciples the secrets of heaven [Matthew 13:11]. Both of these two statements cannot be true. After all, the "Spirit of Truth" was supposed to guide the early Christians too. Maybe someone had had "bad days at work".
Not to misstep is what Buddha's general guidelines are for, actually.
While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. The Lord said to Moses,
Most people have worked on Saturdays without being brutally executed, even though Jesus says that the Law is wholly valid. [Matthew 5:17-19].
The Law of Jews is keptin force any more; it may be defunct among modern Jews too, sharing the fate of "God-decreed" rituals demanding goat skins, scapegoats, and the like. As long as the Jews have no temple, many temple practices are similarly dropped among them.
Gentile followers got a laxer deal than Jewish followers. Non-Jewish followers were to refrain from eating blood food . . . and three more things. Those four are all that is required in Acts 15 and Acts 21:25. All the apostles and the Holy Ghost agreed to it. So that "everybody must be stoned," as Bob Dylan sings somewhere, does not apply to most Christians, and should not be trusted, just like many commands and directives of the Law. Let bygones be bygones.
However, for your own good try to live a moral and decent life, a righteous life, and develop both inner qualities and skills of coping and handling. Do it for you, not for the sake of an old, garrulous and faulty scripture. And do not be scared, for example by the story of two old people died after having put aside some money for their old age. [Acts 5:1-11]
We have now shown that not everybody is stoned, even if they work on Saturdays, and do not live up to early Christianity standards that you hardly ever find applied any more. Insurance and savings for old age were not an option then.
Stay preferably away from hypocrites. Even though the Revelation in the Bible says "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" [Revel 19:10]," there are indications that Jesus himself did not prophesise full well. His recurrent statements of being for Jews only - he should have known better in the start, if not midway - The end of the world did not come when his apostles and the Holy Ghost thought after listening to him and cutting out all his commands and leaving just four requirements for non-Jewish followers [Acts 15 and Acts 21:25]. So learn to consider.
Ecologically sound farming is a good thing. And the farming methods of Jesus were not good, not advanced, not biologically oriented either, in that he decided to let weeds choke the wanted plants. What well-knowing farmer would go into that?
You can apply what you get at by getting into settings that fit your calibre and insights - good company also lifts up up. If some insight does not suit your calibre and stage of development, you are likely to ignore it shortly after. If you do not live up to your highest potential, you may start a process of suppressions, which tend to make unwelcome. So I guess it may be bitter for a Christian to hear: "Adjust to your limits and crawl, walk or run "upwards" from where you are, into straight and fair righteousness, away from sacrificing innocents and calling such mock righteousness nothing but corruption from high places.
Ak: Yogananda, Pa.: Man's Eternal Quest. SRF. Los Angeles, 1975.
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