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Often what is NOT said rises almost to the level of what IS said.

What Jesus Didn't Say Anything About
07/21/2018

Elephant of Silence in the Living Room

First of all let's understand that Jesus was silent about one of the major aspects of the unfolding human drama. Because of its importance and seemingly foundational import, this absence can be considered as the elephant in the living room. Outside of a few rhetorical references to a personified evil such as, "That one was a liar from the beginning", He said nothing about either the origin of evil or the fall of man. How can this be?

Because not saying ANYTHING about such an important piece of the past seems to almost border on dereliction of duty! Isn't this part of the context that gives a foundation for the meaning of his message? This question begs to be asked: WHY didn't Jesus say anything concerning this? Also, why didn't the disciples ask about this? Until we understand why, and also understand that this was NOT because the extant answers and proposed scenario were correct, we are short of having the clearest focus on the truth that he presented.

So, why DIDN'T Jesus say anything about the origin of evil? Was it because the origin is obvious, and nothing needs to be said? He said a lot about sin. When you understand the definition of sin, the origin of evil becomes obvious, and you can see that understanding the character, purpose and values of God through the life and message of Jesus WAS the answer to reversing or eliminating sin. "And this IS eternal life, that they understand you,...and he whom you have sent." John 17:3

The concept of sin and its cure was so very wrong-headed at that time that had Jesus said anything directly about it, that would have discredited him.

100+ other significant areas of life not addressed:

I. Larger than God Legal System

1. Dying for our sins or paying our blood price
2. Being our righteousness or our substitute
3. Going to hell if we fail to accept him
4. Confessing or seeking forgiveness of sins
5. Appending his teachings onto the sacrificial system of the Jewish paradigm

II. Transcendence of God

1. God being transcendent or alien
2. Making God number one in our lives
3. Surrendering our will to God
4. God testing us

III. How to Conduct Our Lives

1. Health reform
      a. Proper diet
      b. Food preparation & storage
      c. Proper posture
      d. Proper breathing
      e. Proper exercise
      f. Proper rest & sleep
      g. Proper eating habits
      h. Proper Hygiene
      i. Alcoholism
2.   Careers
      a. Work habits
      b. Planning
      c. Advancement
3. Self-improvement
      a. Losing weight, toning up
      b. Improving vocabulary, grammar and diction
4. Leading a moral life
      a. Eliminating bad habits
      b. Increasing devotion to religious activities
5. Observing holy days
6. Obeying the 10 commandments
7. Sacrificing our lives or being martyrs
8. Sex
      a. Celibacy
      b. Sensuality
      c. Romance
      d. Courtship
      e. Eroticism
      f. Sexual development
      g. Sexual identity
      h. Sexual practices
      i. Homosexuality
      j. STD prevention
      k. Pregnancy prevention
      l. Temperance
      m. Premarital indulgence
      n. Abstinence
9. Personal finance or investing
      a. Real estate investing
      b. Renting or leasing activities
10. Paying tithes or offerings
11. Having a personal relationship with God
12. Politics or government
      a. Supporting or revolting
13. Loving God except through loving others
14. Being a better family member
      a. Being a better marriage partner
      b. Being a better parent
      c. Being a better son or daughter
      d. Being a better sibling
      e. Being a better grandparent
      f. Being a better aunt, uncle, nephew or niece.
15. Recreational activities
      a. Sports
      b. Games
      c. Hobbies
      d. Dancing
      e. Gambling
      c. Vacations
      c. Travel
16. Retirement.
      a. Planning
      b. Investments
      c. Activities
17. Attire
      a. Proper
      b. Taste
      c. Type
      d. Modesty
18. Government
      a. Type
      b. Politics
      c. Policies
      d. Reform
      e. Tax system
19. Ethnicity and Culture
      a. Race relationships
      b. Multiculturalism
20. Economics
      a. Capitalism
      b. Communism
      c. Fascism
      d. Monetary foundation and fiscal policy
21. Food production
      a. Farming and orchards
      b. Animal Husbandry
      c. Fishing

IV. Some Other Revelation of or by God

1. The Bible being the word of God
2. The Holy Spirit giving us mystical experiences
3. Authorizing his disciples to speak for God
4. Sending us additional prophets
5. Authorizing anyone else to speak for God

V. God's Role in Our Future

1. God having a chronological agenda
2. His one day ruling the universe
3. Another or future advent

VI. Religious Activities

1. Church (as we know it)
2. Worship format or liturgy
3. Leadership structure
4. Establishing an institution in his name
5. Building an organization to do “his work”
6. Organizational structure
7. Dealing in real estate on his behalf
8. Canon selection
9. Religious education
10. Proper religious creed

VII. Cosmogony & Cosmology

1. Creation or origins
2. Heaven or the kingdom of heaven being a place
3. A king or Lord of evil
4. Size & scope of the universe
5. Size & scope of the earth
6. Astrophysics

VIII. Academics

1. Educational principles
2. Schooling structure and approach
3. Basic curriculum
4. Home schooling
5. Scholastics
      a. Mathematics
      b. Music
      c. Geography
      d. Astronomy
      e. Rhetoric
      f. Writing
      g. Logic
      h. History
      i. Civics
      j. Grammar
      k. Culture
      l. Formal philosophy
     m. Texts recommended

IX. Science

1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Biology
4. Geology
5. Botany
6. Anthropology
7. Psychology
8. Medicine practice

X. Aesthetics

1. Art, painting or sculpture
2. Music
3. Architecture
4. Literature
5. Tasteful home decor
6. Tasteful dress code
7. Good grooming habits
8. Personal hygiene
9. Proper decorum

Why didn't Jesus say anything about these important aspects of life?

Ostensibly as the designer and creator of the universe he should have had some tremendously valuable insights and advice to give to us for these major aspects of life. Especially if we are in the role of waiting for his return before everything gets made perfect. For 2000 years Man has been struggling to deal with these issues, and there has been much confusion and disagreement. In this context if he couldn't or wouldn't help us to get or stay on the right track, how can we interpret this to be good?

What Jesus Did Say

Well then, what WAS his subject? What did he have to say that was so important as to make all these other issues not worthy of counsel?

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