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Christ

"Vague belief and spiritual intuition became specific and concrete and personal in Jesus—with a “face” that we could “hear, see, and touch” (1 John 1:1). The formless now had a personal form, according to Christian belief.

But it seems we so fell in love with this personal interface with Jesus that we forgot about the Eternal Christ, the Body of God, which is all of creation, which is really the “First Bible.” Jesus and Christ are not exactly the same. In the early Christian era, only a few Eastern Fathers (such as Origen of Alexandria and Maximus the Confessor) cared to notice that the Christ was clearly historically older, larger, and different than Jesus himself. They mystically saw that Jesus is the union of human and divine in space and time, and the Christ is the eternal union of matter and Spirit from the beginning of time."   Richard Rohr, O.F.M.


If Jesus was "Christ" so was Mechthild of Magdeburrg ...and so are you.

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bobby1933
Oct. 24th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, your insight is not a whole lot different from mine here. I believe that about 85 percent of what Jesus is supposed to have said were not his words at all but those of his (crazy?) followers. Focusing on the fifteen percent that might be authentic gives me a different perspective than many (though not all) of his followers have.
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bobby1933
Oct. 26th, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
Well, i think Jesus might have been a free lance teacher, but there many of those in the ancient world: Socrates, the Buddha, Mahavira, the Taoists, Stoics, Cynics, etc., most of whom were not dangerous except to those who refused to think or feared change. My Jesus did not even overturn tables or claim to be the Messiah, or threaten any body. It was the coming Roman War and its aftermath that frightened his followers into making making fantastic claims and threatening non-believers. That's just my opinion, of course, but there is some scholarship to back it up. (Burton L. Mack, The Lost Gospel, 1993.)

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