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By SANDY PRICE
Two news items that may shake the world we know appeared this week. The first one comes from a find in Jerusalem and has been called Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Lost Tomb of Jesus.Ã¢â‚¬Â The second one comes from London where a news bulletin on September 11, 2001 shows a reporter reading that Building 7 fell along side the Twin Towers, when the building was obvious still standing.
Which story will take over our networks and minds? LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talk about it.
Catholics and Protestants have been taught and deeply believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the son of God and died on a cross and ascended to heaven. He was born of a virgin and lived as a teacher explaining to all who would listen about the afterlife and how to make it into heaven. I learned it as a child and tended to not believe it. However, I did spend a lot of time learning about what Jesus said in his travels. Now that I was interested in!
He loved the poor, the infirm, all children and had the power to heal through his will and connection with God. He had little respect for authority and lived his short life as the ultimate individual. But how on earth did his words become so full of division within his own species? His words were interpreted by men who brought in their own bias regarding people who looked and acted differently from themselves. Very few Ã¢â‚¬Å“ChristiansÃ¢â‚¬Â have followed the words that Jesus spoke. Many have made a monster of him with bigotry never repeated in such massive movements. Armies were formed to force His will on others and blood flowed from the streets of the Middle East. It has never let up and has divided even the closest families who refuse to forgive or over look the sins from their own family members.
Too many Christians have used their influence to gain power as we can clearly see today in our own government. They are more than willing to pray out loud for the salvation of their countrymen but for some reason cannot live by the doctrines they speak and quote from their bible. They made the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“HypocriteÃ¢â‚¬Â a common word that seems to describe themselves better than any other word in our dictionary.
I have rejected the concept of faith and have spent a lot of time searching for people who live, act and mean what they claim to be the truth. I remember all the lessons from Jesus but the members of his organized groups have ignored most of them. A quick trip through the history of His church would turn off the best of anyone who believed he was the son of God.
I saw a nation vote for a man who claimed to be a born-again Christian and watched him destroy much of our American values. The question should be asked whether this man, our President, set up or knew in advance about the 9/11 attacks. Did they somehow send a press release around the world that Building 7 fell on its own accord from the fires and debris falling from the Twin Towers?
Is America living on a false myth? Should we investigate further into 9/11 because 70% of us do not believe our current Administration to tell us the truth about anything? Is finding the truth about the tomb found in
Jerusalem going to destroy Christians in general? Is America not based on the laws in the U.S. Constitution? Do we need to be Christians to believe in the Constitution?
Will these two stories end up destroying our nation if it is, in fact, based on a myth? Can we not look into ourselves and love one another? Will Christianity turn out to be only skin deep? Our Gods still demand wars with the final war to determine which one wins the prize. Is the prize, whatever that means, worth the loss of our individuals?
(Sandy Price began her political activism after finally getting cable in her area of the central California coast. She watched two hours of C-SPAN and realized she needed to get involved immediately. That was in 1993 and once she found the internet, it was just the beginning. She is now retired from working as a technical writer and costume designer and lives in Sun City, AZ.)