What’s the big deal with Jesus?

Well…I admittedly don’t know much about Jesus; but in today’s world of arbitrary-person worshipping (there’s another deity called Obama with similar worshipping followers), it’s fairly important to know about him. Or so I’m told.

Was he a bastard? A doctor? What were his qualifications?

In truth, this is just the first post where I’m too tired to think of anything remotely erudite or sagacious to say and thus resort to crude attacks on religious figureheads as such.

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9 Responses to What’s the big deal with Jesus?

  1. Reuben says:

    He had a beard…

  2. This Devil's Workday says:

    He was just a chippy and did a bit of fishing on the weekends.

  3. Oskar says:

    Ok, I’ll try to get the ball rolling. I think Jesus was a pretty good guy. He lived in a time when descrimination and inequality were rampant, yet he preached a message of brotherhood. He was born into a socially ‘lower’ ethnic group than many at the time, which may have been what inspired him to preach the message of equality. He was only one of many who claimed themselves to be prophets at the time, and preached only slightly different messages.
    I don’t believe he magically cured anyone or made wine without grapes, both of these are more probably explained by people making up stories than coincidences, let alone actual supernatural events.
    As you probably know, I am not a mystic, so it follows that I don’t believe he was the son of a non existant god. I don’t blame him for being religious though. Pretty much everyone was at the time was. I doubt he started the story of being the son of god, but if he did it was probably necessary in order to gain the support of the populace.
    So that’s what I think of Jesus…come on DISSAGREE!!

  4. This Devil's Workday says:

    Urgh, but I agree. I think I read somewhere (or saw on a doco) that the Catholics basically sat around the table one day and basically decided he had to be the son of God in order to boost their popularity due to the increase of paganism? Hence the new testament.

    Not that I’ve read much of either.

  5. Reuben says:

    I’ll disagree with you there Oskar; I think Jesus could have shrugged off his fame if he tried hard enough. That Monty Python sketch (whose name escapes me) discussed this quite well. Surely Jesus could have persuaded the people around him to think otherwise? Or were they too deluded to bother thinking beyond their own fabricated biblical texts?

  6. Oskar says:

    I verry much doubt any individual could have convinced many people to abandon their faiths at the time. I don’t think Jesus would have wanted to either, he was probably as deeply religious as alny at the time. This does not make him a bad person. Peoples’ religion was so closely linked with every aspect of theur lives that it probably wouldn’t have even occured to more than a few that there was an alternative. As for the fame, why would he try to shrug it off? It served his cause perfectly. He probably worked quite hard to gather his following.

  7. Reuben says:

    Deeply religious? Yeah I suppose that’d be integrated into his religion insofar that it becomes inseparable from the rest of his identity. That doesn’t make it right…but I suppose we can’t blame the chap for that either.

    He wanted fame; I don’t understand people who want fame. Fame has be earned and stumbled upon in a dark St. Kilda Alleyway, not casually picked up in some desert.

  8. Oskar says:

    I never said he wanted fame. I don’t know if he enjoyed it. All we can say is that his desire for people to get allong better was greater than any negative feelings he may (or may not) have had about becomming famous.

    I don’t think it is in any way wrong that people of the era were religious. They were making sense of the world in the way that seemed most logical to them.

  9. Brian says:

    “What were his qualifications?”

    I think it said that he was the Son of God on his CV…which was quite impressive…although there are rumours that the qualification was downloaded off the internet.

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