Monday, December 10, 2012

Jesus was not a Jew

Jesus was not a Jew

For centuries Christians and non-Christians alike have questioned the existence of Jesus. Even His legacy, as documented in the New Testament, could be brought into question. One could legitimately argue that Emperor Constantine exploited Jesus to politically and theologically unify his empire.

Let us start by appraising the role of a “surrogate” mother. If we believe that God is an all-powerful Deity, then a gestational form of surrogacy would be a more logical choice in Mother Mary’s pregnancy. I just can’t imagine God’s sperm dematerializing throughout the heavens and then regenerating inside Mother Mary’s womb to form an embryo. God’s omnipotence would not have required any biological participation on the part of Mary. We may surmise that God transferred an already created embryo into Mary’s womb, and conclude that Jesus was of divine essence and not Jewish.

There is a profound parallel with Judaism’s greatest prophet. I speak of Moses. Religious lore has it that Moses was adopted by Bithiah, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh.

The existence of Moses as well as the veracity of the Exodus story is disputed amongst archaeologists and Egyptologists, with experts in the field of biblical criticism citing logical inconsistencies, new archaeological evidence, historical evidence, and related origin myths in Canaanite culture. Other historians maintain that the biographical details, and Egyptian background, attributed to Moses imply the existence of a historical political and religious leader who was involved in the consolidation of the Hebrew tribes in Canaan towards the end of the Bronze Age.

Ultimately the existence of God and His Prophets is an exercise in faith. More-so it is a matter of consciousness. If the names of Jesus and Moses continue to survive, then human consciousness has worked to maintain and elevate the God-consciousness associated with them. With God’s intervention, human beings may have ultimately created their own Prophets. Our only duty is to heed their timeless message of love and peace.

There is a joke of a Jewish man imploring God to have him win the lottery. He asks God why he has not won the million dollar prize. God finally responds and asks the man to “buy a ticket”. Likewise, we cannot be participants in global peace if we have no vested interest in our fellow human beings.

Amen, Amun and Thank you,
Joseph Pede

Additional reading:

I Offer You Jesus

Jesus Never Wrote a Book

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