What sort of bloke was Jesus really?

Intro by Steve Cook

By way of a title, I  quote my friend Patricia Maddalena:

One of the first freedom fighters murdered as a terrorist and then used as reminder for two millennia and counting…

Intro by Steve Cook

Art: Yeshua by Autumn Skye

I’m posting for your consideration the following featured article because it struck a chord with me. The powerful message may not be true for everyone but  I contend that the inspirational personality described, whether truly that of Jesus or not  (and you’ll have to decide for yourself on that), is the kind of freedom fighter we need more of.

The article itself, which comprises an excerpt from a book called Inner Anarchy by Jim Palmer was posted on online by a wonderfully spiritual lady known as Lisa Magdalena Bardell who is well worth a visit.

As for its source, you can find out about Jim Palmer and Inner Anarchy here,

Jesus was no saint.
Jesus raised hell against the religious establishment, and his life was a repudiation of the ways religion oppressed, exploited, and divided people.
He once drove a bunch of hypocrites out of the temple, wielding a whip.
Jesus was not fond of entrenched power structures – political or religious. Whether in the name of God or Caesar, Jesus would have none of it.
There was a Jesus before Christianity.
That Jesus was fierce, courageous, and unyielding.
He stood for the inherent worth of every human being. He denounced the religious lie that humankind was separated from God and told people to find heaven within themselves.
Jesus proclaimed another world was possible.
He chastised people for sitting around waiting for God to save the world, and challenged them to wake up and save it themselves.
Jesus rebuked those who tried to make a religion out of him, and insisted that everyone is Jesus.
He proclaimed that the hope of the world is not floating up in the sky, but present in our own hearts.
The real Jesus of history was a lightning rod.
The religious establishment hurriedly condemned him to death for blasphemy, while the political regime executed him for sedition.
The church is fond of asking the WWJD [What Would Jesus Do] question.
P L E A S E!
Let’s be honest here.
Very few people truly sign up to live as Jesus did.
It’s much easier to make Jesus into a religion and sing about him on Sundays, and get all dressed up for Christmas and Easter.
Jesus said you have to take up a cross in order to follow him.
In other words, to join the revolution Jesus started meant you had to quit playing religion, confront your ego, give up your comforts, speak truth to power, and endure hardship and suffering.
No one really wants to do that.
The cheap alternative is to wear a cross and sing Jesus songs.”

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