Culturally I am still Catholic, I get no option there. I was born and raised Catholic and so it is my culture. I believe the religion’s that are Christian, are institutions of men, but not the man Jesus. The notion of man’s divine nature has always been attractive to me and that is what I take away from the story of Christ. I can accept the divinity of Christ, or any one else, only if they are everyday ordinary people. There is value in the story only if it is grounded in the ordinary life of an ordinary person.
The notion that a woman gave birth to God’s son is way over the top. Could God find a woman so alluring that she finds herself with God’s child. Wow. It is such a gross humanization of God that it is absurd and, if I believed in blaspheme, that God could be insulted, this would be it. But I don’t. Obviously women give birth, by human means, to other human beings. That is the value in the story; That this man discovered his divine nature.
What if God did procreate, with Mary, and create Gods-self in the image and likeness of man? Then this god-man could behave as God while pretending to be a man. What possible value is there in this mockery of our human existence. The reduction of God to human wants and desire, that God finds a woman so attractive that she is with child, tells us nothing of God. We all know who finds a woman this way and how she comes to be with child. That it is God is a divine farce and God is not like us in this way.
I have no problem with the details of the life of Jesus as presented in The Bible. I think it tells us of how we naturally are. It is not the story of God, it is the story of man, of the human condition. It is not a story of, the one man who could, it is the story of a man who did. There are other men and other stories. He is not alone. The religious dogma would have us believe all sorts of things. They just are not true. We can see for ourselves the nature of things and any truth would have to present itself, naturally.
I believe the story of Jesus and I think it has been and will be repeated, because it is human nature. Who would want to do it? His story is, that for his efforts, for his compassion, he was abandoned by his friends and brutally murdered. By the fourth century we had defined him as if only God could be Jesus. Women do not give birth to God. Please let us agree on that.
Some will find this post insulting. That intent is absent. I do think Christian doctrine is insulting to Christians. Dogma always is injurious. No man is God and God is no man. That would seem obvious. I do think man has a divine nature, perhaps because nature is divine.
Of course this post is a matter of opinion. Please accept it as such.
Divination, you may have noticed that in the title. It is my clever ploy to use Key Words to help Google index my site. So people will find it. Of course I will write about divination, I use it everyday. That will be another post, this one is longer than I would like.
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