Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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We have lots of threads about God, but what about Jesus?
I mean, isn't the idea of the man-god patently ridiculous? In the post-modern world, I can still see valid arguments for the existance of some great force at work in the universe, but isn't it time we give up the whole homo-centric Christ thing as myth?
I know when my mind changed on the subject - when I attended college and studied the Greek and Roman cultures, I found that much of what was in the New Testament was a rehash of the Bacchas myth, and that just about every Benny Hinn running around at the turn of the millenial age had people writing fantastic stories of miracles and such in order to gain converts and bucks. Around the same time, I began to actually listen to what the minister in my Presby church was saying - blood of Jesus, blood of the cross, blood of the lamb, Jesus died for your sins (even though he was a god, which by definition cannot die), it was all a bloody mess. So what say you? And what about Jesus in the modern age, can he survive the march of science? Is Jesus now relevent only to people capable of being suckered by such baloney?
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address