(absolutely controversial and if you know you will be upset about a different point of view, please don’t read any further. The post is open to comment if you want to share your opinion)
What actually happened to Jesus?
Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan. This event marks the beginning of Jesus' visions. He then went up into the mountain and disappeared for 40 days (please correct me if I’m wrong) and ‘spoke with god’. He underwent 'tempation'.
Once he had been through the experience (and what really happened, who knows?) and tried to formulate a way to express what he had been though, he came down and started preaching.
What language did he use to express his experience?
He used the language of his religion.
He used the vocabulary of his forefathers.
He used the language of Prophets.
Jesus had a revelation of some sort that guided him.
He viewed the experience from his upbringing – he was born a Jew.
The only thing that made sense to him at the time, was that he fulfilled the great prophesy.
The experience changed his relationship to life. Let’s say, almost over night, he became a man with a vision. He didn’t hold the same view of life as he did before. He was willing to put his ideas out there, regardless of the threat to his life. He KNEW that what he had to say was more important than anything else. He was driven.
What does Jesus say?
Love everyone (your neighbour) as yourself. (IE – we are one and the same)
Love the Lord God with all your heart and all of your mind.
LOVE. What does love do? It breaks down barriers and brings people together. It promotes compassion and forgiveness.