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Christianity's Fundamental Mistake
the greatest single deterrent to knowledge of Jesus is his familiarity.
Way too much has been made of Hebrew Scriptures and prophecy as the context for the J-person revelation message. There are reasons as to why the J-person came when and where to do his public ministry—in Israel and primarily Judea—but they have less to do with this culture's expectations and prophecies than has been assumed. Every other culture had their mythology and their prophecies. If the J-person had come to the Greeks, Gauls, Latins, Mayas, etc., there would have been similar prophetic connections made to authenticate him as belonging in a special way to their culture, and to their being in a special privileged relationship to God.
As other scholars have noted, Jesus' life was patterned after the Egyptian warrior-hero god Horus as much or more than it was patterned upon the expected Hebrew Messiah. Most Christians would be astounded and nonplussed by the extent of the parallels. Of course, some that have a discrediting agenda use this pattern to try to show that the life of the J-person was fabricated.
Jesus has been mis-framed
Far more important than the context of mythology and its prophecy is the context of the "human condition". Jesus, his actions and his message should NOT be framed by Old Testament law and prophets, but BY THE ULTIMATE ISSUES that we face being in the "human condition" under a sentence of death.
Intellectually, Christianity has made a huge mistake by tying Jesus to Judaism as if being born and raised in that culture and religion puts the stamp of God's approval on it. Why should we let ancient writings and mythology tell us what God is like when Jesus came to do that in person with not just words but a three year public life capped with the ultimate demonstration? Why isn't it clear that so much of what Jesus did and said clashed with Judaic religious culture? Jesus was not really what was expected in the Messiah or Christ.
Spiritually, Christianity has been founded by unbelievers. There is no evidence except for John and Thomas, that any of the disciples or "apostles" including Paul, actually believed much of what the J-person said to us.
Bottom line? ALL of Christendom has incorporated the Old Testament paradigm of God and that is why it is called JUDEO-Christianity! SHOULDN'T it be founded on the actions, words and message of the J-person? Shouldn't Jesus, his words, his deeds, be framed by the ultimate issues?!