David Plotz is running a project entitled 'Blogging the Bible' over on Slate.
In one of these articles, 'God enjoys the 10 plagues way too much', David made the following observation:
"... (This is a key reason why Jews have so much trouble with Jesus Christ.)"
This is the text of an email I sent to David in response:
I refer to your ‘Blogging the Bible’ article on Slate:
"The plagues! God prepares Moses for his Pharaonic faceoff with this strange instruction: "I place you in the role of God to Pharaoh, with your brother Aaron as your prophet." Judaism is absolutist about its monotheism, in particular about its conviction that God is God and men are men. (This is a key reason why Jews have so much trouble with Jesus Christ.)"
David, contrary to popular belief, Christian church teachings about Jesus of Nazareth are not based on the New Testament but on Graeco-Roman mythology. This fact will be obvious to every student of history.
The reason that these doctrines triumphed over the teachings of the small Hebrew sect of the Nazarenes is that they resonated with the ‘hellenised’ worldview of many of the early church fathers. The result, of course, was a fundamental misunderstanding of the New Testament appellations ‘god’ and ‘son of God’ when used in reference to Jesus.
The only doctrine preached by Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples was love – love of God and love of fellow humanity. No ‘virgin birth’, no ‘trinity’, no physical God or part thereof, nothing…
That so much violence and suffering should have occurred throughout two millennia, all in the name of a man who lived and died for exactly the opposite values that animated the perpetrators, is probably the greatest tragedy in history.
The New Testament writers set out to demonstrate:
- That Jesus of Nazareth was 'anointed' by God with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10 37:38);
- That he was the 'son' of God by human parentage (John 1:34, 45, 49) though not the son of Joseph as commonly supposed at the time (Matt. 1:25);
- That he was a 'god' in the sense in which he used it himself, that is, a man "unto whom the word of God came." (John 10:34).On his reasoning, Moses and the prophets were also 'gods';
- That he was the 'only-begotten' of God because he was the only-resurrected, not because he was born to a virgin.
The substitution of the Jesus of the New Testament with the Greaco-Roman ‘Jesus Christ’ of Christian church doctrine is a monumental travesty…one that needs exposing…now. No more crimes committed in his name!