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#66426 Jan 27, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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I fully understand. However, he was basing his argument on OT originally. The idea being that we couldnt understand our own text properly. If he wants to change his approach, fine. However, that eliminates my participation in this entire discussion as obviously I would never agree.
What is the "contradiction between his messiah and the prophecy" from the OT?
Frijoles wrote:
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Yes to all of those, that has been my view all along.
Though there are other Jews here that take a more hardline approach and question the historical Jesus as well. I am agnostic on the issue.
However, I direct you to a recent work by Shmuelly Boteach - called "Kosher Jesus" - which advocates the acceptance of the historical Jesus by Jews in an effort to rightfully take possession of some (or all) of his views - somewhat out of pride and somewhat to keep Christian arrogance and anti-semitism in check. Boteach is an orthodox rabbi and he got roasted from within the orthodox rabbinical community for this book (mainly by even broaching the name), but I think more liberal Jews might be more receptive to at least debating the merits and disadvantages of his approach.
I get it. Sort of like stealing the Christian thunder!:)

I had a good Jewish friend in Philadelphia (since deceased sadly) who was actually a big fan of JC. He really liked his teachings and the whole Jesus thing. This fella was a child of the 60s and could be described as an aging Jewish Jesus Freak. I miss him.

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#66427 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
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What is the "contradiction between his messiah and the prophecy" from the OT?
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http://www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html

See 2B - Descendant of David

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#66428 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
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I remember this guy and the book from an appearance on the Daily Show last month.
Jon Stewart gave him much fairer treatment than Fox did:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-decembe...
I like his one statement on the show. The book "would be the perfect Christmas
gift for your Jewish friends." Funny.(Stewart's birth name is Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.)
The book sounds interesting. It sounds like Christianity started is a backlash against Judaism and the status quo.(And in turn Protestantism another backlash against Catholicism.)
It's all endlessly fascinating to me. Strong convictions about religion so incredibly widely held across the world. Fighting and killing words. So much power, the Pope etc. So much reverence, so much hate, so much love, distrust, suspicion, passion.....and so on.
And what is it all based on? Fascinating.
The key is "reform". As in Reform Judaism (i.e. Jesus was a reform rabbi of the time), or as in Reformation in later Christianity. Dissonance is arguably a natural phenomena.

Jewish Joke: Two Jews - Three opinions, three synagogues...
(I have seen this myself)
(Also - true story: Until recently there were only two Jews left in Afghanistan. And they refused to speak to each other. Now I think there are none.)

By the way - Jesus's admonitions against "empty" ritual in favor for ethics was hardly unique (the basis for latter day Christianity). A thousand plus years before him several prophets in the OT/Tanach had the EXACT same message. For example Isaiah.

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#66429 Jan 27, 2014
My lord - we are actually ON topic!~
former res

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#66430 Jan 27, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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http://www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html
See 2B - Descendant of David
I see. That pretty well would rule JC out, anyway you look at it.

Is this why Huggy won't name his religion of choice?

Because it's an ill-defined mishmash [Middle English & Yiddish]?
former res

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#66431 Jan 27, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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The key is "reform". As in Reform Judaism (i.e. Jesus was a reform rabbi of the time), or as in Reformation in later Christianity. Dissonance is arguably a natural phenomena.
Jewish Joke: Two Jews - Three opinions, three synagogues...
(I have seen this myself)
(Also - true story: Until recently there were only two Jews left in Afghanistan. And they refused to speak to each other. Now I think there are none.)
By the way - Jesus's admonitions against "empty" ritual in favor for ethics was hardly unique (the basis for latter day Christianity). A thousand plus years before him several prophets in the OT/Tanach had the EXACT same message. For example Isaiah.
Like the Golden Rule. Probably something we can all agree on (in some form or another):

Rushworth Kidder notes that the Golden Rule can be found in the early contributions of Confucianism (551–479 BC). Kidder notes that this concept's framework appears prominently in many religions, including "Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world's major religions".[7] According to Greg M. Epstein, "&#8201;'do unto others'... is a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely."[8] Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition".[9] All versions and forms of the proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common: they all demand that people treat others in a manner in which they themselves would like to be treated.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

From the same source: my Libertarian father-in-law (and ATF would probably agree) prefer
the negative version:

One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (Negative form, also known as the Silver Rule).

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#66432 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
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Like the Golden Rule. Probably something we can all agree on (in some form or another):
Rushworth Kidder notes that the Golden Rule can be found in the early contributions of Confucianism (551–479 BC). Kidder notes that this concept's framework appears prominently in many religions, including "Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and the rest of the world's major religions".[7] According to Greg M. Epstein, "&#8201;'do unto others'... is a concept that essentially no religion misses entirely."[8] Simon Blackburn also states that the Golden Rule can be "found in some form in almost every ethical tradition".[9] All versions and forms of the proverbial Golden Rule have one aspect in common: they all demand that people treat others in a manner in which they themselves would like to be treated.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule
From the same source: my Libertarian father-in-law (and ATF would probably agree) prefer
the negative version:
One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (Negative form, also known as the Silver Rule).
Even that Jesus adapted from the existing Jewish text

Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
—Leviticus 19:18

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#66433 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
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I see. That pretty well would rule JC out, anyway you look at it.
Is this why Huggy won't name his religion of choice?
Because it's an ill-defined mishmash [Middle English & Yiddish]?
He wont name his religion because he almost despises his fellow Christians as much as he despises us Jews. See the pattern? Who he really despises is himself.

(hint hint - needs to wear his tights in public more often)

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#66434 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
<quoted text>I see. That pretty well would rule JC out, anyway you look at it.

Is this why Huggy won't name his religion of choice?

Because it's an ill-defined mishmash [Middle English & Yiddish]?
It's mishmosh. The other is the Anglicization of the Yiddish.
former res

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#66436 Jan 27, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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Even that Jesus adapted from the existing Jewish text
Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
—Leviticus 19:18
The Sermon on the Mount is a beautiful thing.

The Beatitudes etc. Good stuff.

If not mistaken, isn't Hinduism the oldest religion (still in practice that is)?:

Hinduism[edit]

One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.

—Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)[55]
former res

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#66437 Jan 27, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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He wont name his religion because he almost despises his fellow Christians as much as he despises us Jews. See the pattern? Who he really despises is himself.
(hint hint - needs to wear his tights in public more often)
It must suck to be him.
former res

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#66438 Jan 27, 2014
Rick Moss wrote:
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It's mishmosh. The other is the Anglicization of the Yiddish.
Hey, don't I get credit for giving credit?

:))

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#66439 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
<quoted text>Hey, don't I get credit for giving credit?

:))
OK. Half credit.

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#66440 Jan 27, 2014
former res wrote:
<quoted text>Is this different than arguing about Judaism or anything from the Old Testament?

Fair is fair.
But I'm not arguing about Judaism. I don't argue about Judaism with anyone but Jews.

Judaism might be a myth, but it's MY myth. I don't want to sell it to you. I don't even want you to believe in it.

The day I come to you and say my myth is better than yours and you should believe it, you are free to ridicule and critique my myth.

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#66441 Jan 28, 2014
former res wrote:
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The Sermon on the Mount is a beautiful thing.
The Beatitudes etc. Good stuff.
If not mistaken, isn't Hinduism the oldest religion (still in practice that is)?:
Hinduism[edit]
One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires.
—Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)[55]
Shamanism is the worlds oldest religion. Though at some level it is debatable when a set of practices are only a set of practices and not an organized religion. However, there is definitely a world view associated with shamanism. Plus, Hinduism is not monolithic either.

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#66442 Jan 28, 2014
former res wrote:
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If not mistaken, isn't Hinduism the oldest religion (still in practice that is)?:
Also, not only is shamanism still practiced (see core shamanism: http://www.shamanism.org/workshops/ ),

but there are even Christian, Jewish and Islamic variants.

Shamanic Christianity: The Direct Experience of Mystical Communion
http://www.amazon.com/Shamanic-Christianity-E...

Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism
http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Ordinary-Recoveri...

Shamanism and Islam: Sufism, Healing Rituals and Spirits in the Muslim World
http://www.amazon.com/Shamanism-Islam-Healing...
former res

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#66443 Jan 28, 2014
Rick Moss wrote:
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But I'm not arguing about Judaism. I don't argue about Judaism with anyone but Jews.
Judaism might be a myth, but it's MY myth. I don't want to sell it to you. I don't even want you to believe in it.
The day I come to you and say my myth is better than yours and you should believe it, you are free to ridicule and critique my myth.
I try not to do that out of respect.(Though on occasion I have slipped.)

If part if someone's belief is to "spread the word" I think that should be respected as well.

You made the following comment:

Rick Moss wrote:

"Arguing the detail of the life and genealogy of Jesus is a little like arguing whether unicorn horns twist clockwise or anti-clockwise. "

My point is that you're casting a stone from a glass house. Your admit your own beliefs are also built on a foundation of sand.

If you don't like being preached to, I understand that. But making fun of the particulars of someone else's myth is hypocritical in my view.

You seem to be saying that Christians by proselytizing, that this gives you carte blanche ridicule their religion.

It's intellectually dishonest at best. It really makes no sense.
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#66444 Jan 28, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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Shamanism is the worlds oldest religion. Though at some level it is debatable when a set of practices are only a set of practices and not an organized religion. However, there is definitely a world view associated with shamanism. Plus, Hinduism is not monolithic either.
Didn't say it was.

But you get my point.

Golden Rule etc. It seems no one owns it..

And it's something I actually do believe in. And it seems like common sense too.

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#66445 Jan 28, 2014
former res wrote:
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...You seem to be saying that Christians by proselytizing, that this gives you carte blanche ridicule their religion...
In the words of the great Talmudic scholar, Will Smith,'if you don't start nothin', there won't be nothin'

The moment you start selling your goods you have to expect someone to question or even ridicule their value. Do the makers of Pet Rocks or Whoopie cushions get to cry foul if people say their products are worthless gose?

Those who chose to proselytize need to grow a pretty thick skin if they want to sell in my neighbourhoods.

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#66446 Jan 28, 2014
The 'Love your neighbor as yourself:' is a childish mitzvah or commandment.

First, you can't command a person to love someone.

Second, this mitzvah or command is only ristricted to your neighbor. What about the others?

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