You might discover as you read this blog that my beliefs might
be a tiny bit different then yours, but really if you take a close
look at the scriptures and dig deep into God’s word and get
the real true meaning of what He is telling us you will see
that we are not that far apart.
I am making some adjustments to this blog, after a lot of discussions,
searching the Bible, Soul searching and the remark made that I was not a
Christian and a lot of self-doubts I decided to take another look at what
I really do be leave. So if you reread you will see where I have made the changes.
I believe that Jesus is actually who God says He is. I believe that He was born of a virgin but I do not believe that His mother remained a virgin as the Catholic church would have us believe. I believe He had brothers and sisters and lived in a normal Jewish family.
Being Jewish when Jesus was 6 years old He would have gone to school. The class would have been held in the synagogue, or if the weather was good they would go outside. They would set on the floor and learn the Torah, they would learn to read and write but no history or geography except for that of Israel and no science. At five he was to study the scriptures, at 10 the Mishna, at 13 the Talmud, at 18 he was to marry, at 20 to acquire riches, at thirty strength, at 40 prudence, and so on to the end.
The age of twelve is the time when a Jewish boy is obliged to learn a trade, Jesus worked with His father Joseph in his carpentry shop where He learned the building and woodworking trade. [ Mark 6:3 ] [Matt.13:55 ]and also stone masonry. I believe that Jesus lived at home and worked with His father to help out the family until He began His ministry, but I believe that He was secretly planning for His ministry for many years because that would have been His purpose for being here, it would have been given to Him by His Heavenly Father so He would have been preparing for it since about when He started school and learned to read.
I believe that when Jesus started His earthly ministry and He went to be baptized by John the Baptist that He did it because He was following God’s directions that when He sent Jesus to earth He would have to experience all the pain and suffering of the human world along with all the joy. Jesus was not being baptized to remove His sin, He was being baptized to experience the way we would feel when we were raised to a newness of life with God. God was pleased with Him [Matt. 3”17] that even though He was sinless Himself, He would be willing to go through a public baptism to experience what others felt This is what I believe that God wants from all of us not looking around in a church to try to find Him, start searching within your own heart because that is where you will find the Holy Spirit Of God, He sent us His Spirit to be our guide, why don’t we allow it to guide us After all we are all His children, just as Jesus was God we are also gods, I know this will shock a lot of you to think that I could believe this way but look in your Bible [John 10:34 ] [ Psalm 82:6]
I believe that Jesus died on the cross, And he did not go in a coma as I first stated. And I believe that God raised him up on the third day because there is just too much evidence of too many people that saw Him. If God is powerful enough to create this world why could He not take His Son back to be with Him? Before Jesus was hung on the cross and tortured I believe He married Mary Magdalene at the wedding in Cana because only the bridegroom could carry out the responsibility that Jesus took on at that time of turning the water into wine. This might make a big difference to you and your religion but to me, it does not make one bit of difference He would still be the same Jesus that God sent and it was God that said that it was not good that man should live alone so He made for him a helpmate. [ Genesis 2:18 ]
I believe Mary remained someplace where she could be safe and continued on with the ministry and at least one of the apostles and Jesus mother went with her I believe that Jesus was not a Christian, Jesus was a Jew, Paul started the Christian religion. Jesus called His movement The Way.
Well there it is, this is who I believe Jesus is, a Son of God just as we are all sons and daughters of God.. I believe He was a husband, a father, a friend, but first and foremost I believe that He was sent here on a mission from God to spread the GOOD NEWS OF GOD”S KINGDOM. And if that meant giving His life to accomplish it then he was willing to do that too. That was his mission here on earth, that is why God sent Him here and that is why we are all here. And that good news is found in [ Mark 12: 30-31 ] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
So if we are going to be followers of Jesus and the Way we will have to live a life of love, it isn’t always going to be easy but it will
always be worth it in the end.
And in closing, I guess if following the teachings of Jesus means that I am
not a Christian than I choose to follow Jesus because His way leads to God.
[REM: Bible passage from NIV.]
Rev. Marie Yvonne
(1) Formal education was only allowed for boys and began formally at the age of five in a local synagogue, where they were taught by rabbis. Synagogues had an equivalent of both elementary and secondary school, and they had a student-teacher ratio of about 1:25. Starting at five years old in “elementary school,” students studied the written Torah. Students wrote on papyrus scrolls, which were no longer than around thirty feet each ref: Education In Jesus’ Time http://sites.google.com/site/educationinjesustime/
(2) The Gospels describe Joseph as a “tekton,” which traditionally has meant “carpenter,”
According to Wikipedia, the Ancient Greek noun tektōn is a common term for an artisan/craftsman, a carpenter, wood-worker, mason, builder or teacher. The term is frequently contrasted with an iron-worker, or smith and the stone-worker or mason.
The characteristic Ancient Greek distinction between the general worker or wood-worker and the stonemason and the metal-worker occurs frequently in the Septuagint.
Isaiah 41:7 “So the carpenter (tektōn) encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, …”
The distinction occurs in lists of workmen working on building or repairs to the temple in Jerusalem, for example in the repairs carried out under the priest Jehoiada and “the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD
,… And to masons, and hewers of stone, and to buy timber and hewed stone to repair the breaches of the house of the LORD,”
in 2 Kings 12:11–12. This same incident is recounted in similar language, using tekton again, in the account of Josephus
The term is chiefly notable for New Testament commentators’ discussion of the employment of Jesus and his adoptive father Joseph, both described as “tekton” in the New Testament. This is translated as “carpenter” in English-language Bibles.
The term occurs in combination with the definite article in the Gospel of Mark,[6:3] to describe the occupation of Jesus. “Is not this the carpenter (ho tektōn) the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?”
The term is also used in the Gospel of Matthew in relation to Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph.
“Is not this the carpenter’s son (ho tou tektōnos huios)?”
In modern scholarship, the word has sometimes been re-interpreted from the traditional meaning of carpenter and has sometimes been translated as a craftsman, as the meaning of builder is implied, but can be applied to both wood-work and stone masonry.
(3) In the Christian gospels, the ministry of Jesus begins with his baptism in the countryside of Roman Judea and Transjordan, near the river Jordan, and ends in Jerusalem, following the Last Supper with his disciples. The Gospel of Luke (3:23) states that Jesus was “about 30 years of age” at the start of his ministry. A chronology of Jesus typically has the date of the start of his ministry estimated at around CE 27–29 and the end in the range CE 30–36.
(4) All four Gospels conclude with an extended narrative of Jesus‘ arrest, initial trial at the Sanhedrin and final trial at Pilate’s court, where Jesus is flogged, condemned to death