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Is This Stone the Clue to Why Jesus Was Killed?

Is This Stone the Clue to Why Jesus Was Killed?

Here is the latest in a flurry of rather silly articles extolling the supposed archaeological significance of the First Century synagogue at Magdala; which just happens to be located wholly within the confines of a privately-owned Christian tourist resort (hint, hint).

Conspiracies occur.  In my past work as a legal secretary, I had direct contact with secret campaigns to promote certain large corporations and political movements.  These included “news” articles and ghostwritten op-ed pieces planted in various major news outlets.

Some years ago, there was a tremendous scare over avian flu, which was portrayed as threatening a real plague over North America.  I came to conclude that the whole thing was a PR ploy to ennoble public impressions of the pharmaceuticals industry.

The present article sets forth a fanciful notion of what the Sanhedrin may have been thinking during Jesus’ trial.

As to many New Testament stories, my position in the past has been, “This specific thing may not have happened, but something like it probably did.”  There are so many problems with and discrepancies among the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ trial, however, that as a Christian I now doubt he was ever tried by the Sanhedrin at all.

By the time of his arrest, Jesus had become such an irritant to the Jewish leaders that the New Testament easily  portrays them as having wanted him dead.  A conspiracy of the chief priests and Pharisees (John 11:57) to that end would have been singular, as these two parties were otherwise bitter enemies.  The Sanhedrin, however, was without power at the time to condemn anyone to death, for blasphemy or any other reason; so the New Testament portrays “the Jews” as having taken Jesus to Pilate to portray him as an insurrectionist, on which basis Pilate might well put him to death.

My own current belief is that Judas may never have betrayed Jesus into the hands of “the Jews” at all; he may instead have betrayed him directly to Pilate, who I believe had his own, wholly personal, reasons to want Jesus dead.

Related:  The Son of the Blessed

Originally posted 2015-12-14.

 

 

Podcast — The Way of Peace

I’ve just re-published my book.  Check it out!

The Way of Peace

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Music:  Ringo Starr, “It don’t come easy”

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1. About this book

THE WAY OF PEACE

Home 2. Meditation →

Matthew 11:28-30: Jesus said,

Come to me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; …
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

All my life, I have been concerned for people who seemed to me to have a harder lot than they deserved — who were loaded down with heavy burdens.

In time, I came to see that I likewise carried needless heavy burdens.

Life is difficult enough even without them. Jesus speaks here of a way to live without them. Life’s inherent difficulties cannot be avoided. Needless difficulties can be avoided, and one’s life will be far more pleasant as a result. I humbly believe I have come to understand what Jesus meant, and that is what I seek to set forth here. Continue reading 1. About this book

2. Meditation

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Meditation is not the whole of the Way, any more than flour is the whole of cookies. If you want cookies, you must also have butter, sugar, and perhaps eggs, in addition to flour. Flour is essential, however. Likewise as to the Way, meditation is so essential, as to move me to say this: if you have any interest in learning the Way, and do not now have a discipline of meditation, you should start one now — right now — before even reading the rest of this book. Continue reading 2. Meditation

4. Serotonin and the individual

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Living as Jesus taught actually changes your physical body, in desirable ways.

I will focus just now on body chemistry, and specifically one chemical, serotonin.  Dozens of chemicals are probably involved, and I don’t mean to exaggerate the importance of just one.  However, it happens that, on the one hand, serotonin plays a major role in the challenges I have personally faced in my life; and on the other hand, it has profound ramifications for how well anyone does in life. Continue reading 4. Serotonin and the individual

12. An examination of the Sermon on the Mount

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In the beginning, I claimed that all Jesus’ teachings have the goal of enabling a person to attain and maintain a state I said he called “the Kingdom,” which I call peace of mind; and that the principal means thereto is the practice of presence, keeping one’s attention on the here and now and on what one, oneself, can do.

The time has come to test that thesis. Continue reading 12. An examination of the Sermon on the Mount