A documentary by Steven Eastwood profiling three people who, in the aftermath of profound visionary experiences, came to believe that they are gods.
Tag Archives | Jesus
I’m not a Buddhist scholar. I’ve read books, but I’ve retained little, and integrated less. I’m a sporadic meditator at best, and have attended maybe three Buddhist services. Nonetheless, I think a lot about the Buddha, and Buddhahood. What would it mean for a person to fully shuck the concept of self? Identity?
It’s totally strange to me that I care to think about the Buddha at all. I never took to Christ in the least. Maybe it’s because I was brought up in Southern Baptist territory, or because I’ve seen Christ used to sew fear among the masses enough times that I can’t visualize the dude without a dingy red Confederate baseball cap. Personal issues aside, Jesus is presented, for the most part, as a compassionate, relatively chill mystic. But like any enduring popular character, he makes some baffling decisions—like rebuking a fig tree for not bearing fruit out of season, and subsequently murdering the insubordinate tree with his veiny Christic prayer-power.… Read the rest
Bob Flanagan via World News Daily Report:
… Read the rest
A team of archeologists from the University of Tel Aviv have uncovered a collection of ancient scrolls in the West Bank region, near the Qumran Caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were originally uncovered in 1947, and which promise to shed a new light on the life and physical appearance of Jesus Christ.
The newly found documents which are believed to have been written by a small Jewish sectarian group, called the Essenes, retraces different elements of the Old Testament and New Testament similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls, but scholars have turned their attention to a peculiar fragment which describes the birth of the Christ figure in a new light.
The manuscripts that have been dated between 408 BCE to 318 CE describe the son of Mary as of a “darker color” of skin than her parents, a revealing bit of information admits professor Hans Schummer.
Did Jesus have a mustache?
Join me as I rant about:
Organized religion and how it relates to the spiritual retardation of modern culture.
How Christianity is the ONLY spiritual practice I’ve experimented with that demonstrably didn’t work.
Why religious people have a fundamentally more accurate view of the spiritual world than hardcore atheists.
Making a connection with the symbol of the weeping Christ in the midst of an LSD fueled sex marathon.
And most importantly:
How I spontaneously developed a “personal relationship with Jesus” during an epic wine bender.
A mind-bending trip through creative re-interpretations of the words of Jesus Christ. Learn how and why the bible is a revolutionary’s handbook and the antecedent for modern Individualism, Existentialism, Democracy, and Communism as Shawn and Aaron are joined by DJ Matt Hogan for a very special bible study.
Abby Zimet writes at Common Dreams:
… Read the rest
Evidently setting aside their stated goal of “advancing human dignity” to ponder the abstruse question, “Who would Jesus soak?” San Francisco’s stately Saint Mary’s Cathedral, home to the Archdiocese and Archbishop, has been dousing homeless people who sleep in its doorways with a sprinkler system as “a safety, security and cleanliness measure” to “encourage them to relocate to other areas” – with, obviously, God’s blessing. They stopped the practice this week after critics ripped the practice as “inhumane,” city officials said it’s illegal, and church officials conceded “it actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do (maybe kinda like opposing birth control and other so-called right-to-life stances?) and for this we are very sorry.”
Saint Mary’s has long attracted homeless campers in the alcoves of its four soaring doorways, despite clear signs posted on the church – umm, what?
Entering into the initial phase of research regarding the Santo Daime religion, I had little understanding of what it really was, or how the activities within the religion generated something unique, but my interest is in finding the answer to the question, “What is it that draws modern middle class individuals to a highly ecstatic and mystic religious culture in light of the increasing presence of scientific rationalism and reductionism?” Andrew Dawson’s book has helped me to make discoveries that have led me closer to finding the answer to the question of why we moderns still seek out the mystic and ecstatic. In order to find an answer, one must find the proper context within the culture, the economics, the background and the history that surrounds Santo Daime and this framework has been deftly established in Dawson’s book.
Dawson explains the questions he sought to answer in his book:
… Read the rest
Building upon questions raised by my first experiences of Santo Daime, the research undertaken from 2007 to 2011 primarily focused on three areas.
… Read the rest
If you’re a follower of Jesus’ teachings, or if you’re one of the literally billions of people who doesn’t so much follow as much as admire from a distance while still sinning all the time, you probably have a clear idea of who we’re talking about. Mellow hippie. Long, forgiving beard. Dreamy (blue) eyes. Swimmer’s build.
Yeah, that’s the Guy. But what if you were walking down a dark alley in first-century Jerusalem and you were suddenly confronted with this right here:
People who have grown up in the (equally weird when you think about it) tradition that Jesus was basically a WASPy lifeguard you might have met on your last trip to the Hamptons usually don’t think too much about all of the different possible Jesii* out there. He’s out there, though, and even people from cultures that don’t have a problem with diabetes venerate—and even worship—Jesus in their own way.
Come on, there are bigger fish to fry than an immature kid.
via Mother Jones:
… Read the rest
Teenagers are prone to dumb, tasteless pranks, but one 14-year-old is facing prison time for his latest stunt. The teen, from Everett, Pennsylvania, hopped on top of a statue of a kneeling Jesus—in front of an organization called “Love in the Name of Christ”—and simulated oral sex with the statue’s face. Naturally, he posted the pictures to Facebook, which made their way to authorities.
Officials in Bedford County charged the teen (whose name hasn’t been released) with desecration of a venerated object, invoking a 1972 Pennsylvania statute that criminalizes “defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities of persons likely to observe or discover the action.” You’d think an appropriate punishment for a kid violating this seldom-invoked law might be picking up trash or, at worst, paying a fine.