Re: If Jesus kept his mouth shut......
Augustine of hippo is the first one to have referred to the term Original Sin in the early 5th century, 400 years after the crucifixion.
Facinating JPB, I'm sure of heard that before re Augustine, but I disremembered.
I find it interesting that people who consider themselves "real" christians many times have a bone to pick with the catholic church, (whore of babyleon and all that) when their basic premise of being saved from something, in this case, the sin of adam and eve, original sin, is something that the catholics came up with. Or am I incorrect?
The idea of sin being passed down, something we have to be saved from, or the idea that someone is dying for the sins of someone else, well, a bunch of someone elses going way into the future, and that saves them, is just plain silly.
Something I just thought of the first time....I really can't speculate if Jesus was the son of God, or just a man. For all I know, he was the son of God....but.....if he was, I don't believe he was here to save someone from a thing that (a) can't be passed down, and (b) can't save them by being punished for sins that weren't even going to be commited for thousands of years.
If Jesus was a son of God, I can't believe there haven't been other sons/daughters of God. It's mans small mind that makes some believe there can be only one. and, if Jesus was a SOG, if he had a purpose, it was something else, maybe something no one has seen, or knows about.
I had a friend who has lupus, has almost died 3 or 4 times. During one of these times, she had one of those near death experiences. Not debating if it happened or not, I'm going by what she said happened. Anyway, she said she was addressed, and told it wasn't her time yet, that she had not accomplished her lifes purpose....BUT....she may never know when she as accomplished it.
To me, that's a real stunner. Many of us like to think we have a purpose in life. But, what if our purpose in life is something totally insignificant. Perhaps my purpose in life was turning on the radio in the car at 7:45am on 3/7/08?
Would that change anything in the world? I can't see it would, I didn't hear anything but George Michael sing "tradgic whispers" before I turned it off again. Who knows though? But, that action may have clicked one small puzzle piece into place in the cosmos.
I completed my purpose, and hopefully will continue to live another 50 years.
If there was a person named Jesus, whether he was a SOG or not, he had a piece of the puzzle, or maybe his purpose was to stand back and let another piece fit. Was his purpose to die on the cross and save anyone? Or was it walking to the market to pick up his mom a loaf of bread?