Someone asked me once or twice or maybe three times, who is Jesus to me then? My answer is this, I think Jesus was a fine guy. It would have taken a very strong guy to go against the powerful religious leaders of that and all while being occupied by an invading country. He must have been very magnetic to bring oppressed people together like that. Now, with that said. I don't worship him and I don't think he was a supernatural person. I think all of that stuff came long after he lived and it had a lot to do with the changing political tide of that day.
Do I think its wrong to worship Jesus, no. If it works for you and your happy, then it is right. The hard part is getting others to give me the same leeway about my beliefs and how I choose to "worship' As for Jesus, I will always respect him or any of the many others who stood up in oppressive times and fought what was right and struggled to help the masses
I think you have pretty much summed up the way many of us percieve Jesus; as historical figure, prophet and/ or son of the Christian god.
Unfortunately intolerance lies at the heart of monotheism, the central dogma being that there is only one god.
Yup, if he existed as a historical person, the stuff we have written about him makes him sound like he was a pretty impressive spiritual leader and peaceful revolutionary. Nothing against that. But Jesus-as-deity isn't really anyone I have anything to do with. No problems with those who do: I judge people by how they treat others and how they act, not by whom they worship.
Thanks, now I've got the Doobie Brothers stuck in my head.
I can't say I love him, but I have enormous respect for him as a man and as a rabbi. I pretty much agree with Tom though, regarding the religion that sprang up around the poor man. It seems to me like a painful legacy.
Jamie jodoin said:
I have no problem with Jesus either .Even though I am a pagan I love him.
This thread started as a positive thread saying something nice about the religious leader of others.
But, inevitably, some people will inject their negativity and try to set the bridge on fire.