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  1. Eucharist

    Hi! Pliny reported that followers of Jesus from the early 2nd century CE were praying to Christ as "to a god". Every time I take food I do so with the knowledge that the life in that food is our Father giving his own life so that I/we may have life. When I share a meal with family, friends, or other brothers and sisters in God's family, it somehow makes us one with each other. And, with the understanding of God as the one in whom "we live and move and have our being . . ." one with him as well. Jesus was criticized for "eating with tax collectors and sinners" and his fellowship was available to all. I personally see the eating of a common meal, not a ceremonial one, but an actual meal as much more sacred than that which is ritual, but I also understand that the Eucharist is important to others inasmuch as it helps them to experience the presence of Jesus. For me every meal is Eucharist. Peace and Love, Tsisqua
  2. Who Is Jesus And What Does He Mean To You?

    Hello, and this is also my first post outside of the welcome board. This is only my own view, and I am so at peace with it: The Jesus of history, for me, is very important. The gospels purport to be a reconstruction of an orally transmitted history. This means that there is a great amount of room for literary liscense on the part of first century believers. This is not to say that his words and works as we have them in the bible are falsifications, but rather show what early followers had come to believe about him. However, some of the parables and one-liners recorded in the gospels could have only one source, and that is Jesus himself. The admonition to love one's enemies is quite unique to wisdom teaching in the world. A paradox is implied: he who loves his enemies truly has none. To love one's neighbor has many paralells, particularly in Jewish tradition. But to love one's enemies is to be like God who gives even the ungodly and wicked the blessings of his universe. That early christians believed in a ressurection is indisputable; they willingly died horrible deaths at the hands of Domition and Nero for that belief. To say that there is no external evidence for Jesus' existence is a falsehood. Granted, the works of Josephus has probably been tampered with, but what do you do with Cornelius Tacitus who would indeed have had access to first century documents relating to Jesus' execution as he related it? Tacitus was certainly no friend of christianity. With all this available history, plus the writings of Pliny (the younger), a historical Jesus is all but a certainty. That his pupils would have remembered the core of his teachings is just as likely, seeing the zeal they exhibited for him. "Blessed are the poor . . . " Are you poor? Then congratulations are in order: You are residents of the Kingdom! The parables exhibit a Jesus who knew God experientially . . . a teacher who placed equal value on societies marginalzed citizens. A jesus who called us his brothers and sisters. A Jesus who we should strive to be like inasmuch as possible, with God's help. And yes, a human representation of God's divinity and love. Here's hoping that, along with the other most beautiful, thoughtful and caring replies, perhaps I may have brought an additional aspect of Jesus to help you along with your search. My prayer is that you continue to find him precious to your soul. In His Love, Tsisqua
  3. A Quick "hello"

    Thanks everyone. My heritage is tsalagi (cherokee). My cherokee name is Tsisqua, meaning "Bird". I'm originally from West Virginia, and currently live in Southeast Ohio. My faith is Christianity, and although I attend a very right-wing evangelical baptist church my own views are extremely progressive . . . about evolution, Earth age, sexual orientation, and scriptural inerrancy. I believe the bible contains the word of God, and I am a follower of Jesus, but I also believe that his first disciples began very early to think of him in highly mythological terms. The work of modern historians and "text detectives" has convinced me that his core message and teachings are very much recoverable, and in matters pertaining to jesus I am definitely on the same page as my church. My wife and I often feel that we must hide many of our beliefs in order to not be "stumbling blocks" to our brothers and sisters in our church. This is the reason I feel very fortunate to have discovered this board. Thanks again, tsisqua
  4. A Quick "hello"

    Hello, everyone I just wanted to say that I've searched a long time for this type of discussion board. I look forward to making some new friends, and having some good conversations. God Bless
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