Yes it is. With you being specific in your query, I can answer.
I don't listen to Jesus, but utilize the teachigns that some guy scribed that are attributed to Jesus.
As no one really knows for sure that Jesus lived at all, the teachings associated to him, to me, are valid for use in living my life on a day-to-day basis.
Unfortunately, you are correct in your statement, all the texts we have to "go on" are penned from someone other than Jesus.
So why do you only accept those teachings that man has deemed for you to believe? If you say you believe in all of Jesus, then do it, and stop playing footsie with the pastor.
Oh, I respect your beliefs everytime you post them. I just think you have nothing but personal opinions to substantiate them. Which ultimately, can be classified as "beliefs of another man".<quoted text>
let me break our differences down for you and hopefully you can respect them. if not, i'll associate you with the devil:
As for the devil comment above - you are clueless. The "devil" is a construct of man, and like your "God", has never been proven to exist.
You are roaming around in circles of despair, put onto you by other men in despair.
It is not a lie at all, but based upon facts.<quoted text>
1 - "but utilize the teachings that some guy scribed that are attributed to Jesus"
this is a blatant lie since you promote SELF as your god while Jesus promoted the Father and the idea of death to the part of self which opposes putting God and His Kingdom above all else
Another error you have in your statement, is that I think "Self" is my god. You are incorrect, yet again. I may promote the ability of an individual to do the things that any religious person can do, without the crutch of that religion. You oppose that, because you can't accept that even what you do here, is directly related to the Self. I'm just wondering why you are so blinded by religion to even understand this basic tenet of life.
Coorection to you statement:<quoted text>
2 - "As no one really knows for sure that Jesus lived at all"
i categorically reject your idea and believe the Gospels as authentic and accurate from eye witnesses hand-picked by Jesus Himself who died as martyrs so we could have the Truth in all generations
you wrote: "....believe the Gospels as authentic and accurate from eye witnesses hand-picked by Jesus Himself who died as martyrs so we could have the Truth in all generations"
"....believe the Gospels as authentic and accurate from the selected eye witnesses hand-picked by men in order to convery the story of Jesus...."
- yes waaasssuuup - you forgot the critical point that not all of the original 13 Apostles were used to devise the religion you believe is complete. In fact, there are only less than six of thos original 13 Apostles combined with at least two 3rd generation disciples that make up the NT.
Again, I am not a rejected pastor or anyone with religious creditials.<quoted text>
3- "....and stop playing footsie with the pastor"
i exercise discretion in what i receive as from man vs God on a daily basis; i'm doing so now with you, a rejected 'pastor'
You wrote: "i exercise discretion in what i receive as from man vs God on a daily basis"
- which is Self.
Why do you promote the Self in one statement, and then refute that it exists in the next?
You are confused.