Loving Mythical Jesus
May 13, 2016
If a mother dies in childbirth or before a child has a memory of her, can that child love her throughout life? A survey would show that most people would say yes. You can learn to love someone you’ve never met or even never existed, but in your belief or imagination. Often the question in the Christian world is presented, ‘do you love Jesus’? The question of ‘do you believe in Jesus’ is met with a yes, no, or I don’t know. Never is it addressed if you said ‘no or I don’t know’, if you love Jesus because it is assumed it doesn’t apply.
Belief also encompasses doubt, and needs faith in what is said from a ‘believed to be a reliable source’, in this case, the bible and it’s stories of the ‘new testament’. Mythisists, or objective, credible researchers of documented information of religions, facilitated by easy access to information in the computer world, have found no evidence that the ‘holy Jesus’ ever did exist. No fundamentalist ‘believer’ will accept that, and only rare more open believers will read the evidence. All religions object to questioning beliefs where adherents are encouraged to quote ancient text to defend their beliefs.
Saying that you ’love Jesus’, even though you accept the validity of the research that he never existed, will inevitably be met with initial surprise followed quickly by, ‘you can’t do that because it’s not the same Jesus’ or some similar response. In reality, there is nothing wrong with loving anyone whether they have never been met, or even are a fiction, particularly one that creates a love because of an ‘alleged’ story. ‘Love’ is a word with a sliding scale on intensity that means different things to different people. The word ‘love’ has a wide range of meaning.
If I say there are no cows on the moon, it can be proved ‘a priori’ or by logical, deductive reasoning. The existence of Jesus and other biblical characters fall into that category when the results of mythisists or scientific researchers for facts are read. The more ‘fundamental’ the believer, the less chance they will spend the time reading any research for a ‘denied’ fear of shaking their belief system.
The answers to love, consciousness, truth, and all spiritual matters beyond any religion are even more exciting, but for the fear of ‘letting go’ of preconceived beliefs. Love is the greatest of experiences known. Love doesn’t require ‘belief’, it just ‘is’, and when deep, has no belief/doubts or reasons to question. What most call love is not what one who has no fear of intimacy or openness experiences, yet all love feeling is a ‘godsend’ or blessing.
Applicable here is what the author F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function’’.