Finn dAbuzz wrote:
I see Jesus as an archetypal good man. More like what Joseph Campbell called a hero od 1,000 faces.
My God! We agree.
And yet you refuse to accept that the teachings of this "good man" might have benefited humanity.
If you only see one Jesus in scriptures then you do not know how to look.
I like the Gnostic Christian and more eastern mystic Jesus.
I do not like the Jesus that the church always quotes and who had nothing new to add to ancient wisdom sayings the he regurgitated. Much of which is arguably immoral.
Here is what I think of the churches Jesus. Add in his immoral no divorce for women and substitutionary punishment policies. Two of his worst.
what follows is the Gnostic Jesus whose ways I follow. I have it in an explanation of why we name God I am and mean us.
Modern Gnostic Christians name our god "I am", and yes, we do mean ourselves.
You are your controller. I am mine. You represent and present whatever mind picture you have of your God or ideal human, and so do I.
The name "I Am" you might see as meaning something like, --- I think I have grown up thanks to having forced my apotheosis through Gnosis and meditation.
In Gnostic Christianity, we follow the Christian tradition that Christians have forgotten that they are to do. That is, become brethren to Jesus.
That is why some say that the only good Christian is a Gnostic Christian.
Here is the real way to salvation that Jesus taught.
Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Allan Watts explain those quotes in detail.
Joseph Campbell shows the same esoteric ecumenist idea in this link.
The bible just plainly says to put away the things of children. The supernatural and literal reading of myths.