Discussion from the Wrong Planet website as linked and quoted below.
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I had the chance to take two laps through the bible last year with a refreshed mind (ie. not doctrinally tied down when I started). Very complicated book, in that it has so much intercourse with other cultures of that era – regardless of it’s proclamations of their doom – that one has an incredibly hard time understanding it unless they see it as a tapestry of concepts.
If anyone really wants to understand the Christ story though, the best place to start is read some big/epic Platonist or neoplatonist authors, even the Hermetic corpus, and then go back and try on the Gospel of John. John seems to be insinuating heavily and in barely veiled ways that all human beings are aspects of the one, that Christ was the nexus of consciousness or group soul of humanity joining us in the flesh for an hour, and that this was a truly in-the-know delegate of the One Self speaking to all the little selves.
aghogday (my username on the wrong planet) wrote:
This is precisely what true christianity is about. Jesus the man spoke in parables. Parables are not meant to be taken literally. Unfortunately some people are still taking those parables literally.
As far as the myths about Jesus being born of a literal virgin and him walking on water and him being crucified and literally resurrected from the dead; this is a result of literally thinking people doing just that; taking parables as literal rather than metaphoric truth. This is also a result of time and imperfections in the transfer of human communication through the complexity of the written word.
I went to see the movie SON OF GOD and it was clear to see in the end of the movie when the Apostle said i am the way (after Jesus left) that it was a parable that meant that GOD lives within us; not some fairy tale bearded man in the sky that reins with a patriarchal hand. Apparently the folks that produced the movie understood the truth of this.
Adults who are restricted by a life full of cultural rules to repress the instinctual nature of a social animal human being are for the most part adverse to anyone who ventures out of the social norm.
Most often folks who do this are described as insane by adults. But often children look at their behavior in a more open way as they are not fully brain washed yet by the norms of culture.
But here’s the thing..two of the most influential men in the last two Centuries Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein were also considered crazy..in real life.
Simply for one reason and one reason only…
They did not adhere to the cultural norm…
Oops, sorry for the ellipses.
That is out of the cultural norm..here.. too.
I lived a life full of repression of my instinctual social animal human nature from my freedom to express the feminine side of my nature as a balanced human being to even being able to smile in the hallway of my middle school without being called a fa***t.
I don’t like to be repressed.
And the only way to influence change in the word is to dare to be different.
But again, the core cause of human suffering is repression of our instinctual social animal human nature.
A great metaphor for this is hawks are not evolved to to fly on sidewalks and neither are human beings.
I walk in a spiraling motion in three hundred and sixty degrees wherever I go. This is not substantially different than how an American Indian hunting with crude weapons would stalk an animal for subsistence or even gather berries in the woods.
Children love it up to about age 15 and follow me all over stores and video tape me with their Smart Phones.
Most adults simply ignore me.
I am a menacing looking guy in real life just for my muscular physical presence, lack of fear and facial expression when i am laser focused on my TAI CHI style of walking.
Only one redneck guy who weighed about 270LBS had the nerve to tell me to my face that it looked ridiculous.
I told him I was a martial artist and this is what we do when we are not kicking ass and yes it does look like martial arts and is martial arts for all practical intents and purposes; and no i do not believe in fighting so I was telling the truth.
After that he scurried away.
Seeing the world in the eyes of a little child is the path to true happiness.
Life does not have to be as complicated as folks make it.
Bliss is possible NOW.
This is the message of the human man Jesus who was not much different inherently than i or you perhaps, except that he was free.
A man that lived by instinct and love, instead of repression of his human social animal nature, as directed by the prison of Human designed culture through the tools of complex language and collective intelligence.
It is THIS SIMPLE.
LET IT GO..
THAT IS A PARABLE.
by the way
ISA is the path to happiness; NOT KSA.
ISA equals Instinct Skills and Ability.
KSA equals Knowledge Skills and Ability.
Most animals live FREE by ISA and humans imprisoned by the abstract constructs of complex language, collective intelligence and culture, in general, live by KSA.
KATiE MiA FredericK!iI
Gravatar is one of the coolest things ever!!!
Seagulls are not evolved
to fly on sidewalks in the sky..
‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’
‘The ALL Seeing eye of
ANd in proof that i let it go and flow..
i make my body a work of poetry
in art..in photography..
perhaps..one of the
for a mid 50’s male
Our forefathers died
for our freedom of expression
in this country..
gOD in the FULL GIFT OF LIFE
BY DOING THIS..
AND I HONOR COUNTRY
FOR ALL THE FREEDOMS
THOSE WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES..
and here’s the rest of my ‘story’..
in this restricted blog for
the mature and
land with shoes