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No Hope only Fear and Faith

Jesus taught the exact opposite of what Christianity now teaches. And this is the paradigm of fear. Christianity has nothing to do with the historical Jesus or his teachings of love and forgiveness except as their scapegoat. How ironic, or maybe how sleazily clever, it was for the church to proclaim that through blood sacrifice Jesus atoned for original sin—a convenient twist and distortion of the Jewish faith. In other words, it was like taking a page from the Jewish religious ‘playbook,’ and then corrupting it:

 

When the Temple stood in Jerusalem and an elaborate ritual was performed on Yom Kippur. Two goats were selected, and by casting lots, one goat was designated for G-d and offered us a sin offering.  The second goat was to remain alive.  On this goat the High Priest symbolically placed the sins of the whole household of Israel and sent the goat into the wilderness. 

 

The purpose of the ritual was to dramatize the need for making a fresh start by banishing our sins. In Hebrew the goat destined to be sent away is described by the obscure term Azazel. Some English translations have used the word scapegoat to translate Azazel. The meaning is the goat that escaped into the wilderness, the goat that is driven away.[i]

 

Since this was a once-a-year event, Jesus, as scapegoat, would have to have died for all sin, not just the sin of the previous year. And the only practical way to make this work would be to invent the concept of original sin—a concept totally foreign to the Jewish faith. And of course, original sin, in my mind and heart, is a totally stupid, but extremely dangerous belittling concept, as it was in Jesus’ mind and heart as well:

 

Judaism does not accept the notion of original sin, the idea that people are bad from birth and cannot remove sin by themselves but need an act of grace provided by the sacrificial death of Jesus as atonement for all of humanity's sins. For Christians, there are no other forms of salvation other than through Jesus.

 

In contrast, the Jewish view is that humans are not born naturally good or naturally bad. They have both a good and a bad inclination in them, but they have the free moral will to choose the good and this free moral will can be more powerful than the evil inclination. Indeed, Jewish ethics requires the idea that humans decide for themselves how to act. This is so because temptation, and with it the possibility of sin, allows people to choose good and thus have moral merit. The Jewish view is not that humans are helpless in the face of moral error.[ii]

 

If this was the belief of Judaism’ at the time of Jesus, then there is a very good chance that he would have believed in the same way. And it is not much of a stretch of the imagination to consider that he took this concept one step further realizing that the divine spark was contained within all living things - original divinity. This possibly might have come about after he had received oral teachings about the indwelling divine spark, which would have been handed down since the time of Moses.

 

If this is the case, then we may see the duplicity of Saul, the earliest of the bogus deceptive ‘new age gurus,’ and the others that followed after him until the die was cast in fools’ gold when the Nicea Council declared Jesus as God: 

 

 

We believe in one only God, Father Almighty, Creator of things visible and invisible; and in the Lord Jesus Christ, for he is the Word of God, God of God, Light of Light, life of life, his only Son, the first-born of all creatures, begotten of the Father before all time, by whom also everything was created, who became flesh for our redemption, who lived and suffered amongst men, rose again  the third day, returned to the Father, and will come again one day in his glory to judge  the quick and the dead. We believe also in the Holy Ghost We believe that each of these three is and subsists; the Father truly as Father, the Son truly as Son, the Holy Ghost truly as Holy Ghost; as our Lord also said, when he sent his disciples to preach: Go and teach all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.[iii]

 

And thus the ground was sown for a religion totally based on faith, not on works of spiritual transformation. A religion based on a lie—The Greatest Lie Ever Told.

 



[i] http://www.internationalwallofprayer.org/A-035-The-Scapegoat-Of-History-Rabbi-David-H-Auerbach.html

 

[ii] http://www.convert.org/differ.htm

 

[iii] http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/nicea1.txt

 


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