Two very different Easter takes arrived in Clockwork's inbox today, Good Friday, from Tim Leedom and Bobby Bible.
Newport Beach filmmaker and author Leedom has written extensively about the true origins of religions and religious mythologies. He writes:
THE JESUS PUZZLE
At least two times a year, Jesus is in the headlines--of course at Christmas and now again at Easter. Labeled a man, myth, metaphor, messiah, and manifestation--take your pick, he has commanded the attention and confusion in the personage of Jesus the Christ. To the Jews he is a fraud, to the Moslems a holy person, to the Christian fundamentalists God revealed in a perfect book of history and indisputable wisdom and laws, to atheists a man made destructive myth, to the un-categorized world ... a puzzle of promise, hope and out of this world mystery.
Each one of these groups is non-monolothic in their belief. There are close to 2,000 different CHRIST churches, cults, sects, & disciplines who say they are THE WORD. They have fought and are still fighting in the name of the PRINCE OF PEACE. The cartoon the Wizard of Id summarized it best in its classic dictionary definition of a 'Cult': THE CHURCH DOWN THE STREET FROM YOURS. But they all hold tight to Jesus but miss his highest teaching while talking darkly of others.
Atheists can become agnostics overnight, and vice-versa, while railing against the crimes of molesters, religious wars, the greed of money-hungry televangelists, and ask straight-faced, "How could there have be a Jesus and have this all happen?" They boast, "IF I RULED THE WORLD IT WOULD BE BETTER THAN THIS!" They, too, look for the perfect world or formula while not embracing a self evident truth that they trip over instead of standing on.
Each group can state their cases impressively. Organizations, lobbies, institutions on all sides make a life out of the pro or con. The believer in the messiah story hates the humanists as heretics, as sinners and pagans. The scientists and academia view the believers as stupid, ill informed, hypocrites and worse while they themselves are looking for peace, love and reason.
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It is past time that the doubters look beyond the glaring inconsistencies of the Bible, the borrowed stories, the crimes of the church including King James, popes, televangelists and the questionable beginnings of Christianity simply as ammunition against their adversaries, the believers. They must also pay recognition to the unlimited possibilities of a created world that is timeless and infinite. Also they must acknowledge that manifestations and higher wisdom did happen through the diverse times of Isis, Krishna, Buddha, Lao Tzu and Jesus.
On the other side, the die-hard Believers must set down the excess baggage of things that don't make sense such as the age of the earth, the impossible and indefensible stories. They must recognize if they condemn these same stories in other predated religions as myths and metaphors, they must do the same when they claim them for their own. They must recognize they can't have it both ways with either the stories or the higher teachings. Wisdom and manifested Truth is Truth no matter who said it. Likewise, fiction is fiction no matter whose holy book it ends up in.
As in the popular song, "ONE TIN SOLDIER," when forces fought for truth and killed to find truth, they found under the blood-soaked battlefield that covered the secret message buried in a chest, "PEACE ON EARTH & GOOD WILL TO ALL MEN." As with Jesus, call him a myth, a metaphor, a messiah, a manifestation or man the simple command of "LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS I HAVE LOVED THEE" makes all the debate, added baggage, & doubts irrelevant. It is the message not the messenger. This transcends the preacher, the doubter, the Buddha, Lao Tzu and Jesus ... if people became this it would be the fulfillment of idealistic dreams and religious prayers.
Mr. Bible, whose email address gives a last name of Biblestein (funny, he doesn't look it), mass emails very colorful messages filled with different fonts, type sizes and grammatical anomalies. Clockwork prefers to think of it as going freestyle--and really Old School.
satan has distracted us with his worldly pleasures idolatries etc...
all men are selfish desiring mainly to be intimate with women!!!!
women have become earth's gods and goddesses = sex is our god!
yes, GOD CREATED WOMAN & MARRIAGE IS HONORABLE IF
BOTH PARTIES ARE VIRGIN PREFERED & CHURCH VOWS!
BOTH JOHN THE BAPTIST AND JESUS CHRIST DIED VIRGINS!
TO MARRIAGE WAS IN AS GOD WANTED HUMANS ON EARTH
WHEN JESUS ARRIVES .....EARTH IS POPULATED WITH HUMANS
MANY OF WHOM DID NOT KNOW BELIEVE IN GOD = HELL!
HEB. 11:6, JOHN 3:16-21, AND GOSPEL 1ST COR. 15:3,4
GOD SENT JESUS TO SHOW US THE WAY TO HIS KINGDOM, DIE
FOR OUR SINS ON THE CROSS, THEN RAISED FROM DEAD =
WHAT EASTER IS ALL ABOUT........
FRIDAY HE WAS CRUCIFIED FOR OUR SINS!
NOT HIS SINS OUR SINS OF REBELLION AGAINST HIS WILL
SAT THE SABBATH HE RESTED IN GRAVE!
ON 1ST DAY OF WEEK GOD RAISED JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD DECLARING HIM HOLY RIGHTOUS = EASTER !!!!!!!
if you refuse to CELEBRATE ALL THIS THIS WEEKEND YOU ARE PROBABLY AN INFIDEL AND GOING TO HELL WHEN YOU DIE FOR GIVING GOD THE FINGER IN UNBELIEF AS ATHEISTS HEATHEN PAGAN
infidels sodomites idolators.....etc......
1st COR. 6, GAL. 5, .....MATT 7
IF YOU BELIEVE ALL THIS AMEN HAVE NICE DAY......SEE YOU IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY
if you do not BELIEVE OR CELEBRATE EASTER IN CHURCH ETC......REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS CLOSE AT HAND....KEEP [AN] EYE ON ISRAEL
.....MATT 24, LUKE 21
JESUS OUTLINES THE EVENTS OF THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!
THE PROBLEM IS A BURNING HELL!!!!!
HELL IS GOD'S TRASH CAN OR WORSE YET....
AS the infidels say CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT BY OUR CREATOR!!!!!
...ONCE YOU ARE TOSSED INTO HELL TO BURN AND SCREAM YOU CANNOT ESCAPE
...you say CRUEL!!!!!!!! AND YOU SAY UNUSUAL!!!!!! SO WHAT!!???? IT IS WHAT IT IS ..... NOW DEAL WITH IT AND REPENT = TURN OR BURN!!!!
"I'm rapping Bobby Biblestein and I'm here to saaaay,
kingdom of God is close at hand, keep an eye on Israaaa-