Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jesusian Alternative to Christian. Morality Without Dogma?

Jesusian Alternative to Christian
For the Common Good
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A Moral, A Just Life, without dogma or supremacism. Imagine.
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With Illustrations of accepted cultural Christian Prejudice from Godey's Ladies Book Annual 1865.
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Are we past it? Imaginative legislators may try to restore balance, see effots at a neutral Lord's Prayer, violently opposed  .

 But the lobbies oppose. And corporations? See Big Bain 
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Justice:  For Jews in court, law goes the other way.  Godey's Ladies' Book 1865
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Hwaet.

How to know what Christianity really means.  A moral life? A just life? A selected ideology in the midst of many choices? Yet, all bow. Or, many.  Hwaet. Old English for "What??" or "Lo" or keep quiet and listen. Opening word in Beowulf. , So Hwaet.

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Hwaet. Is it time to take the Christ out of "Christian" every time that concept of Christian or Christianity holds someone's group above another group. What is less "Christlike" than supremacism. Hwaet again.
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For all the illustrations here, mainly from an article largely demonizing Jews in Godey's Ladies' Book 1865, substitute other ethnic, racial and religious groups, orientations, women, etc.  One size in discriminatory dogma and practice fits all.
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Christ as a who?  Not.
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1.  A "Christ" is a term, a role; not a person. It is a theological conclusion with the attendant dogma of institutions growing around it.  And "Christian" without reference to the particular sect of Christianity thus touting itself, is almost meaningless.  Christianity:  a tent at war with itself.  Is responsible morality in a plural society, plural globe, possible without the dogma? Of course.
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2.  The history of Christian-driven antagonism and force extends for millenia:  from early heresy finger-pointing, from Rome winning out; to persecutions of Jews and others, to crusades to inquisitions to social exclusions and gender supremacism and injustice of all kinds.
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Is this so:  Culture slid into religious ideas early, taking over whatever the person said or did, so that the "religion" really supports a cultural system with its power and injustices perpetuating, but supposedly unassailable because it is "religion."  Laws follow the dots.

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3.  An alternative.  In a plural society, leave "Christian" to those enamored of theological relationships to prophecy, deity, and the tweaking of texts to fit. Add in all references what sect they have in mind, because sacraments did not come in the beginning: it took an institution who needed them. There are many. 
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4.  Instead of "Christian", with its baggage of dogma different for different groups, for us deluded who seek to follow the words and acts and mindset of Jesus (we flunk every time  -- who of us or you will give two coats when somebody says one is needed?) without reference to dogma of anointedness, son of Godship, all that.  Why not be Jesusians. Largely ritual-free, like Buddhists. See http://www.chopra.com/buddha
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This approach refers to how beliefs works in real life, not theory and theology. Follow the thinking: read fast, all changes.

5. What is Christian.  Whether something is Christian is in the eye of the beholder. Is Santorum's variety the one that speaks to you? Culture and dogma, or real text. Vet everyone. Many people call themselves "Christian." 
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What is a Christ? Technically, a Christ is a messiah, a son of God, clearly a theological term; but we do not see it as a generic term:  it is given as particular, the messiah, the son of God, see http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5547&t=KJV
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6.  Christ. A limiting concept because it is a role, not a person. Who or what is this person behind the later box: apart from theological interpretations.  In the Greek New Testament, there are about 21 different uses or contexts for the word "Christ", each with its own number for reference. See Strong's lexicon, http://www.eliyah.com/cgi-bin/strongs.cgi?file=greeklexicon&isindex=Christ. Look up each one. Christos, the Christ #5547, Divine expression, logos #3065, for example: light-giving, . Messiah, from Messias #3323 (that Messiah idea is in the Old Testament as well as the New), the Eternal #3801. 
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7.  Nobody will ever all agree on what to do in all moral situations, because contexts vary and that changes assessments. What means what, dogma, and the time has passed to force the issue down throats as the Church traditionally tried, so let it be.  Even Eden had its varied advocates. Even regular (non-theology people) ask how dogma took control, and the changing of texts to meet dogma's needs.  See http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061016014820AAYH8H9
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 History has shown that it has been and likely will be impossible to get everyone with diverse brains to agree on it all.  Conversion in the past seems to be 1% emulation and modeling; and 99% coercion. See how readily people gravitate to self-defense, and offense against perceived Others, at the Christian NRA at http://sassafrastree.blogspot.com/2011/01/guns-nra-growth-timeline-summary.html#!/2011/01/guns-nra-growth-timeline-summary.html
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8.  Ambiguity is a condition of life.  Nothing in the realm of one's person's belief is clear to everybody else anyway.  Meanings and application of theology -- dogma -- derives from ambiguity, and despite the efforts, ambiguity will remain.  Think of all the texts that were changed in order to get conformity of ideas.  What "prophecies" were tweaked, what parts of the Jesus story were changed so as to fit some prophecy? Do a search.
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In no way can Christians blame Jews for the world's problems, as they did, and in no way can they blame any body else for evils anywhere. Look inside, is that so, and if individuals do that, would it make a difference.

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Is it time to quit coercing and demonizing each other. Is that so? In the Jewish tradition, there is also disagreement. Even the source is divided. Groups had to adopt firm beliefs in order to self-identify, survive; but is it time to separate those cultural needs from requiring a mental mindset, a belief.
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5.  Jesusians.
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Next questionnaire, if I get one, maybe I will write in Jesusian, one who follows (or tries) the words and acts and life concepts of someone who appears to be inspired somehow.
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The term Jerusian is not new.  So far, however, use of Jesusian is mongrelized to refer, regardless of other options, back to a Jesus "Christ" -- http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Jesusian; or simplified just to identify who said something, a teaching as Jesusian, for example, see http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/6127. The term so far excludes followership, support of a group of people for an admired, person, suspicions of that person's advanced perception, admiration, emulation.  That policy review article, however, does point out the need to follow teachings, such as mercy, but it does not go so far as to suggest a secular followership. Would the grouping be Jesusism, or Jesusists?

It would be difficult to be a Jesusian and still press one's own superiority, be exclusive, supremacist, gender-centric, all sorts of culture-status serving ideas.  Jesusians may recognize that failing to follow the call of the rich or the government, were the Jesusian disagrees; dump on one's enemies, and disagree with tradition indeed turns father against son, etc; and brings its own sword to established interests. 

Nonetheless, Jesusians would let others be.  No warring against non-Jesusians,  causes wars, intermeddling in others' lives, crusades, inquisitions, nepotism, and trumped up dogma where no clear connection existed before. 

 Ask again:  Is it possible to live life without also believing in a family relationship with a deity, and by following the acts and words of a person without the dogma?  Can conservatives or evangelicals of any religion possibly see that as a light.  Have a community, supports, since isolated coals soon go out, but not a Dogmatic one.

Jesusians, set up your SuperPacs. Support common sense and flexibility, and fact investigating. Research has found out much about the person Jesus, and there does appear to be enough historical evidence for that life.  We know something of that person's acts and words as reported or recounted by several of the many who did so, see Bible.  FN 1

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FN 1  Everyman's Christ.

1.  one who fulfills prophecies regarding the coming of a Messiah

2.  an anointed one

Theological Christ, meanings and contexts, from uses of the word in the Greek New Testament.  There is no use of "Christ" in the Old Testament. 

Try Jesusian as an accepted alternative.  Being Christian is a misnomer.  Nobody agrees on the all the values and all the precepts, that were forced anyway (ask the heretics). 

Add Jesusian to the religious questionnaires. The next generation of Protestant.  If you are Jesusian, you need not tie in with any of the dogma.  Love God, however you define a power beyond what is known, and love your neighbor as yourself.  Figure out how to do that. Add, perhaps, give your goods to the poor, all the other behavioral advocations, but let those who disagree walk away.  Nomads were nomads, medieval incursionists and conformity buffs were medieval incursionists and conformity buffs, now what?  God's bus left some time ago, is that so?  Hwaet.