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Jesus۔ism

 
Core Statement

             Jesus۔ism is a religion base۔d on the life and teach۔in of Jesus.

 
Clarification

             Jesus-ism hold awesome respect for all the great religions.

             However, Jesus۔ism have nothin to do with:
                        What the Vedic scriptures of Hinduism say۔d.
                        What Gautama, the Buddha, say۔d.
                        What Mohammad, God rest his soul, say۔d.
                        What numerous other holy mans and womans, prophets, and spiritual messengors say۔d.
                        What science say۔d and say.

             In the same way, Jesus۔ism have nothin to do with:
                        What the Tanakh (Christian Bible’s Old Testament) say۔d.
                        What Saul of Tarsus (Christian Saint Paul) say۔d.
                        What the Roma۔y popes (Christian Catholicism) say۔d.
                        What Martin Luther (Christian Protestantism) say۔d.
                        What the Europe۔y theologians (Christian theology) say۔d.

             Jesus۔ism have utmost respect for the above sources, and dont disbelieve in any of they’s beliefs.  The focus of Jesus۔ism is on what Jesus say۔d and did.  Jesus۔ism is divest۔d of additions from Judaism and Christianity.

             What exact۔ly did Jesus teach?  After two millenniums, not everybody agree.  But they ap agree.  Jesus teach۔d us about the king۔dom of God, and about the importance of the siblin۔hood of peoples.

             What Jesus is or is not, what he did or did not teach, peoples continue to debate.
                       
All opinions are welcome within Jesus-ism.
                        Is Jesus divine, or is he, as Islam teach, mere۔ly a great prophet?  Should we worship him, or  mere۔ly extend to him enormous respect?  Jesus۔ism take no position.
                        Is Jesus the only son of God, or are there other sons, and maybe daughters?  Or maybe all peoples are children of God.  Jesus۔ism take no position.
                        Did Jesus perform all the miracles ascribe۔d to him?  Or only some?  Or none?  Or more than we know about?  Jesus۔ism take no position.
                        Did Jesus, after his crucifixion, re۔incarnate for three days?  Or for one day?  Or not at all?  Jesus۔ism take no position.
                        Was Mary, the mother of Jesus, a virgin?  None of Jesus۔ism’s business.

             Jesus۔ism have nothin to do with socald “Jesusanity”, which differ from Christianity by insist۔ing that Jesus was not divine.

             Gautama may have been raise۔d within Hinduism, but he was not, ultimate۔ly, a reform۔or of that great religion; his message was so new, that it become۔d the basis of a new religion.  Jesus was raise۔d within Judaism, but he was not, ultimate۔ly, a reform۔or of that great religion; his message was so new, that it become۔d the basis of a new religion.  Yet whereas Buddhism separate۔d from Hinduism, Christianity never separate۔d from Judaism.

             What we know about Jesus and his teach۔in is broaden۔ing.  The bedrock of our traditional knowledge about Jesus’ life and teach۔in is the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  But there are additional sources.  Dur the 20th century, important new manuscripts were discover۔d.  More can be expect۔d to be find۔d.  Scholors and scientific techniques increase our comprehension of exist۔y manuscripts.  New revelations about Jesus have been reveal۔d.

             There is no contradiction between Jesus۔ism and science.  Jesus’ teach۔in focus۔ on the spiritual.  Scientists, as they strive to explain our universe, focus exclusive۔ly on the material.

             Jesus۔ism is a grassroots religion.  Jesus۔ism have no doctrines, no rituals, no found۔or, no lead۔ors, no authoritys, no hierarchy, no staff, no headquarters, no memborship, no build۔ins, no property, no money.  It dont accept donations.  It’s adherents – Jesus۔ists – communicate main۔ly via Internet, in small neighborhood gather۔ins, and by word of mouth.

             Follow۔ing the example of Jesus, Jesus۔ism do not specify moral imperatives.  Morals canĚnot be extract۔d from cultures and sub۔cultures, which differ from place to place and change with the flow of time.  A conscientious follow۔or of Jesus’ teach۔in is expect۔d to act moral۔ly, in accordance with ta’s sincere moral beliefs. As a world religion, Jesus۔ism do not say, Do this, Dont do that.

             Jesus۔ists feel enormous respect, gratitude, and even reverence, toward all other religions – each in it’s own way urge۔ing a portion of humanity spiritual۔by up۔ward.  Jesus-ism take no position on any of they’s tenets.

             Alike a Buddhist, a Jesus۔ist can also be a follow۔or of any other religion.

             Without Christianity, the message of Jesus (who leave۔d no write۔ins) would have been forever lost.  That service is worth more than words can express.  Certain۔ly without Christianity, there would be no Jesus۔ism.  Yet, in the humble opinion of Jesus۔ists, Christianity’s price۔less service to humanity dont mean that Christian doctrine – which was create۔d not by Jesus but by mans, lack۔ing significant input from the more sensitive gender – is infallable.

             Why dont Jesus۔ism treat Christianity as absolute truth?
                        (Remind
۔or:  Jesus۔ism dont opinion that Christianity is not absolute truth. Jesus۔ism take no position on that or any other issue.)
                       
Follow۔ors of the Torah (Jews) were complicit with Romans in torture۔ing Jesus to death.  Jews have subsequent۔ly remain۔d loyal to they's own religion, Judaism.
                        Saul of Tarsus (a Roma۔y citizen whose letters dominate the Bible to the extent that he could be consider۔d the found۔or of Christianity) hate۔d Jesus, who he had never meet۔d, although they live۔d in the same region at the same time.  Saul loathe۔d Jesus’ teach۔in so much that he was lead۔ing a militia enroute to Dimashk to hunt Jesus’ follow۔ors and slaughter them, when he had a revelation.  Saul’s subsequent opinions may all be correct, but they arnt Jesus’.
                        Romans, after torture۔ing Jesus to death, persecute۔d Christians for centurys, public۔ly burn۔ing them alive at stakes and feed۔ing them alive to lions, before – at a time when they’s political empire was in steep decline – declare۔ing themselfs the sole authority of Christian religion, and insist۔ing, as they still do to this day, that Roma۔y popes were and are the sole link between God and peoples.  Jesus designate۔d no such authority.
                        Europe۔y Christian intellectuals, by adamant۔ly insist۔ing on the literal correct۔ness of Judaism scripture, significant۔ly impede۔d the development of science – which ultimate۔ly, when science prove۔d wrong they’s cosmology, result۔d in a crisis of doubt among Christians, with effects linger۔ing to this day.  Jesus, as far as we know, make۔d no scientific pronouncements.
                        North America۔y Christians, by insist۔ing that homosexuality is a sin, cause۔d, and continue to cause, untold suffer۔in by a significant subset of humanity.  Jesus make۔d no statements condemn۔ing homosexuality; he make۔d many statements encourage۔ing tolerance.
                        Christianity have done little or nothin to prevent wars – mankind at it’s evil۔est.  Statistic۔ly, Christians have kill۔d more peoples (most of them fellow-Christians) than any other group۔in of humanity.  During World War II, Christian mans kill۔d more than fifty millions peoples, include۔ing millions of help۔less womans and children.  That historical record fly in the face of Jesus’ insistence on love and brother۔hood.

             Europens take۔d Jesus’ message west۔ward, modify۔ing it to increase it’s appeal.  Hellas, Roma, the Renaissance, theologians, popes, kings – each leave۔d they’s imprint on Jesus’ core message.  Christianity is essential۔ly a Europe۔y religion – institutionalize۔d, intellectualize۔d – by and for Europens, include۔ing Europen descendants in the Americas.  (Exceptions are the spread of Christianity by Europen missionarys to Africa south of the Sahara desert, where it is sometimes blend۔d with ancient folk religions, and by Espanya۔y colonists to Pilipinas islands.) 

            The Europeanization of Jesus’ message have render۔d his message less palatable to some other ethnicitys.

            Yet Jesus was not Europen. 

            Jesus’ message devoid of Europeanization may be more accept۔able east۔ward, in Asia, where the bulk of humanity reside.

            Jesus۔ism is a 21st century religion.  It’s maiden language is Peoplese, www.peoplese.org.  Jesus۔ism do not insist on this or that.  Jesus۔ists admit they may be wrong – or, perhaps more plausible۔ly, may be mere۔ly another stepĚstone to something more apropos to the emerge۔ing era of one۔ness of humanity.

 
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