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Most Christians make unwarranted assumptions about Jesus'
relationship with Israel, Judaism, and the Old Testament.

How Jesus related to Scripture
A look at various aspects
08/16/2018

The articles linked below must be read previously because the balance of this article will not make sense unless some basic false concepts are dismissed:

God's foreknowledge. See: Determinism & Foreknowledge
Catastrophic Earth history See The Saturnian Scenario & Saturn Worship & Saturn in Genesis & Sabbath Star & Saturn & Christendom
The foundations of religions See The Foundation of Religions

In order to begin the salvation of the human race on earth through inspiration but not force, Jesus had to select the right or best time to come to the earth. Heaven also had to select the corresponding best culture or society to come to and attempt to win the minds and hearts of the people with his truth and with the unveiling and demonstration of the true character of the Originator. The factors that impinge on determining the right time  and place are legion, and include historical factors and cultural developments. Given that there were many cultures with visionaries and prophecies of a coming savior and a restoration, there are several plausible reasons why he selected the combination of that time and the culture of Israel. But this CANNOT legitimately be taken to be an ENDORSEMENT of either their religion or their scriptures.

Given that the Hebrew religion was their own cultural version of the prevailing global Saturn worship—see:  Sanctuary was Moloch's Tent—the idea that the life and message of Jesus is a basic endorsement of this ancient mythology is absurd, and has been discredited six ways to Sunday. It should be discarded and thoroughly dismissed from our thinking. Doing so frees up effective consideration for better, non-traditional perspectives and understandings that are much needed.

But doing this seems to beg the question as to why then Jesus quoted so much from the Old Testament, and why did he draw so many parallels between Old Testament prophecy and verses, linking them to himself and contemporary developments? However, this should not be surprising at all, and doesn't really imply that these sources were God given or approved. For one thing, the compilers of the Synoptic Gospels injudiciously help to make this correlation work or seem more plausible.

For another slant, there were not a lot of books floating around in those days. Because we are swimming in books today, that is a hard thing for us to realize without some education and thought. Unlike today in civilized nations, few of the people could read, and fewer could write. Written material was not widespread nor usually readily available.

What the public DID have in Palestine was the Old Testament literature on scrolls kept by the priesthood, and they took weekly instruction of these in their religious life. Their religion made that a focus and the very most devout could recite vast portions by memory, sometimes the entire corpus. The Jews/Israelites wove aspects of these "scriptures" as much as possible into every form of learning. Today, to make, support or emphasize a point, many can quote Shakespeare, Keats, Confucius or dozens if not hundreds out of thousands of various other sources for pithy sayings, aphorisms, short quotations. Back then it was pretty much restricted for the general public in Israel to the Old Testament. Period!

Not only was that what they had and what they were familiar with, but to a great degree they thought it to be authoritative; they were taught it had God's stamp of approval, or at least the Pentateuch did, and to a lesser degree the Prophets. So, Jesus used what was available and what they were familiar with, and consequently drew most—but not all—of his quotes from it. But again, this usage should not be taken as a special stamp of approval.

When we quote from an author—this site quotes from a lot of them, including a Catholic Pope—we do not expect others to think that we are endorsing that source's religion nor  all  or even any of his other convictions. To do so would be unwarranted and ridiculous.

Although perforce Jesus quoted from "Moses", he made it clear that some of his thinking contrasted to and disagreed with what had been published in the Torah and the Prophets. And he quoted just as often from the Writings, the non-religious, non-authoritative but cherished literary part of what we now call the Old Testament. This culturally significant body of literature, called "The Writings", includes such disparate material as war chants, the epic poem of Job, collected songs and hymns, stories of violence, intrigue, betrayal, and revenge, some really distasteful material of sexual and physical abuse, murder and disgusting disgrace of all kinds. It even includes the romantic-erotic piece titled The Song of Solomon. Of course, some straight-laced and uptight Jews swallow all the ugly violent material with a shrug, but object vehemently to the inclusion of the latter.

One significant consideration must be brought into our consciousness. If God has the qualities and character as is being portrayed in this site, then the effort to turn things around on earth must have been inaugurated as soon as feasible. Heaven—the unfallen citizens of the universe—cannot be totally comfortable as long as the travesty of the human condition prevails, and heaven including the Originator himself could not countenance passing up the first viable opportunity to "pull the trigger" on its plan to settle the issue of God's character once and for all time, and for the redemption of Mankind on Earth.

The following items are an outline of reasons for selecting the timing and the culture of Israel. Much could be written about each aspect:

  1. Humanity in general was recovering in population numbers, also spiritually, psychologically, culturally, technologically, etc. from the global devastation of the great Golden Age ending catastrophe known as The Deluge or The Flood. This recovery on the very basic level freed up the general population enough from out and out survival mode to have some level of time and energy to devote to spiritual matters.
  2. The Sanskrit-Indo-European cultures had developed alphabets, adequate verbal languages, forms of writing and literature. The Hebrews had an "alphabet", writing and literature as well.
  3. Jesus came on the heels of a philosophical blossoming in Greece, and therefore  that included Greco-Roman culture.
  4. He came on the heels of a partially successful endorsement and adoption of democracy in Greece and its impact on other cultures.
  5. The Mediterranean world of the day was generally at peace under the Pax Romana that was imposed by the Roman empire. Jesus' ministry would have been seriously, adversely affected by wartime conditions, and the oppressive stability gave added motivation for looking for an ultimate solution.
  6. Israel was centrally located for the sizeable Mediterranean civilized world of that time, and was at one of the crossroads..
  7. The climate of Israel enabled lot's of outdoor activity and therefore interaction with the public and people.
  8. Israel was a relatively civilized culture with some strong ethics.
  9. Israel had retained some if not much of Egypt's rich cultural heritage.
  10. The Israelites were a relatively well educated people.
  11. The Hebrew culture was one of the first to eschew human sacrifice.
  12. The culture had lots of Sabbath holidays with social events, which were special occasions for Jesus to interact with the population.
  13. Their religious and cultural literature provided them with a rich heritage upon which to draw for analogy, highlightcomparisons and differences..
  14. Israel was oppressed by Rome and chafed under its dominion.
  15. They were not willing to be inferior.
  16. They were not willing to be dominated.
  17. The Hebrew people are characterized as having intellectual vigor.
  18. The Hebrew people have a strong spirit and determination.
  19. The Hebrew people have a proven aptitude for influence and promotion.
  20. The Hebrew people have an aptitude for organization.
  21. Jesus could make as good a contrast of the truth with their religion as any other.
  22. Their paradigm of God was the romantic one, which was generally better and more elegant than that of any other culture.
  23. Their religious conviction incorporated the idea that an ancient Patriarch and savior-judge was chosen by God, and thus led them out of Egyptian slavery into a Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. This became a model, an allegory for salvation and was expected to blossom into reality for them.
  24. They had a cultural expectation that God would interact with them by sending a Messiah, a kind of special representative that would become a benevolent ruler.
  25. Early in their religious development they opted to focus their worship on just one planet, Saturn, and developed a mantra of monotheism that set them apart from the other cultures that were polytheistic in their worship of the pantheon.
  26. They had an expectation that they would lead the world back into being true believers and followers of the one true God.

For the above reasons, we can get a general idea as to why Heaven chose Israel for the great Apocalypse and Parousia, the great revealing and public display. See: Apocalypse and Parousia definition

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