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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
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 point in time
and the culture of Israel. But this CANNOT legitimately be taken to be
ENDORSEMENT of either their religion or their scriptures.
Given that the Hebrew religion was their own cultural version of the
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 to 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 piquant quotations. Back then the source for such was
pretty much restricted for the general public in Israel to the Old
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, naturally 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
When we quote from an author—this site quotes from a lot of them,
including a Catholic Pope, some tyrants, skeptics, atheists, etc.—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 are 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 on Earth 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 for us, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Jesus came on the heels of a philosophical blossoming in Greece, and
therefore that included Greco-Roman culture.
- He came on the heels of a partially successful endorsement and
adoption of democracy in Greece and its impact on other cultures.
- 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
- Israel was centrally located for the sizeable Mediterranean civilized world of that time,
and was at one of the crossroads..
- The climate of Israel enabled lot's of outdoor activity and therefore interaction with
the public and people.
- Israel was a relatively civilized culture with some strong
- Israel had retained some if not much of Egypt's rich cultural heritage.
- The Israelites were a relatively well educated people.
- The Hebrew culture was one of the first to eschew human sacrifice.
- The culture had lots of Sabbath holidays with social events, which were
special occasions for Jesus to interact with the population.
- Their religious and cultural literature provided them with a rich
heritage upon which to draw for analogy and/or highlight comparisons and
- Israel was oppressed by Rome and chafed more than most under its dominion.
- They were not willing to be inferior.
- They were not willing to be dominated.
- The Hebrew people are characterized as having intellectual vigor.
- The Hebrew people have a strong spirit and determination.
- The Hebrew people have a proven aptitude for influence and promotion.
- The Hebrew people have an aptitude for organization.
- Jesus could make as good a contrast of the truth with their religion as any
- Their paradigm of God was the romantic one, which was generally better and
than that of any other culture.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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