Date: Tue Jun 17 2003 - 13:22:08 EDT
In a message dated 6/17/03 10:58:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Your'r right, Jesus is the centre of our faith. Yet in a sense, belief in
> the trustworthiness etc of the Scriptures must precede this, since it is
> through them, primarily, that Jesus is revealed. Without the foundation of the
> trustworthiness of the Scripture, what could we say about Christ?
I didn't trust the scriptures either. So I looked at the other major
religions. I began with the rg veda, went west to where it influenced zoroaster and
the persians who conquered babylon and let the people go to rebuild the temple.
In the other direction still originating with the rg veda but traveling east
from the indus valley and the rg veda, I found the buddha (like Jesus, a
learned religionist of the brahman class of his people (Hinduism is tripartite) who
has a new teaching that obliterates the subject/object dichotomy of vedic
tripartition (Jesus also does the same). The buddha's message travels from India
to north china then to the south and eventually Japan where it is stripped of
its cultural trappings and becomes zen. Some zen koans used to teach
enlightenment are almost identical to Jesus' parables from nag hamadi texts, and the rg
veda where it all started has a god named Agni, the bearer of the self
sacrifice, who teaches the self sacrifice to man. The buddha does this
intellectually. Jesus does this completely. When I found the self sacrifice all around the
world (yes, even in suicide bombing) I knew the religious experience was a
scientific universal and went back to the Bible beginning with genesis to see how
it developed in Christianity.
Jesus is the only one to make the complete self sacrifice, making his life a
living lesson. Judaism is tripartite, like Hinduism, but tripartition is
obliterated when priest and king are one and not separate classes. The temple is
within you, not without you.
The earliest religious writings we have, the rg vedic hymns, describe the
conquerors of the indus valley as split into two classes, priests and warriors.
This social structure is known as tripartition. Hinduism and Judaism (often
said to be significantly influenced by zoroaster) both have the same social
structure. Class structure was always resisted by the early Hebrews and it is
suspected Solomon had scribes interpolate a message in genesis regarding
melchizedek who was priest and king, which is symbolically a person from before
tripartition, when priest and king were the same, in order to bless his establishment
of the tripartite temple system in Jerusalem, the temple system Jesus, of the
order of Melchizedek, both priest and king, eventually brought down (though it
threatens to reemerge if the temple is rebuilt).
If you look, you find the self sacrifice everywhere, in all the major
religions. Then you look again, and no one does it like Jesus.
Now I trust our scriptures.
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