The Jesus Sayings by Rex Weyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below is Rex Weyler’s summary of what ‘we’ think Jesus might have said based on the earliest records, and can be found in The Jesus Sayings – for me an excellent book. These include Josephus’s stories, Paul’s letters, and the Thomas and Q sayings collections. Essentially, only a large handful of sayings that could be ascribed to Jesus were identified and Weyler grouped the sayings by topic.

Seek the truth

There is a light within; look and you will find it.

Know yourself

When you find he light within, share it with the world.

 

A divine kingdom is within you and all around you.

Speak out, teach others about this kingdom.

This kingdom is like a small seed that grows.

It is like leaven in bread, a tiny force that affects everything.

Observe the world before you, here and now.

 

Commit fully now.

Act on your knowledge.

Your understanding is revealed in the fruits of your actions.

 

Be generous and merciful.

Share what you have with others.

Help the poor, hungry, and grieving, and those who have no home.

Don't worry about your own comforts.
Your poverty and sadness bring you closer to the divine kingdom.

 

Remain humble, don’t exalt yourself.

Don’t judge others, but improve yourself

Be as a child, open, curious, authentic, and modest.

Love your enemies and those that rebuke you.

 

Otherwise, avoid rules and follow the truth you discover yourself.

Act from awareness, not habit or convention.

Don’t blindly repeat rituals.

Don’t trust those with spiritual pretensions.

Question those who presume to speak for God.

 

If you have two good ears, listen to what I am telling you.

 

Personally I think this is some of the most beautiful writing I have read. Now are there any atheists or agnostics who disagree with what’s written here? I think Christians may have a harder time with some of these words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weyler also describes other similar myths from the period of early and pre-Christianity. Likely that these myths were assimilated into Christianity as they predate Christianity by centuries.

So does this gentleman sound familiar?

He was called the Son of God and part of a trinity, but of a single god.

Born of a Virgin three days after the winter solstice.

Attended by gift bearing shepherds.

Had a last supper with twelve disciples, before ascending into heaven.

They ate bread and drank wine, symbolizing the gentleman’s blood.

 

 

 

 

 

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And here’s another one.

He also was born of a virgin.

And was a god-man.

Every spring the body of the deceased gentleman resurrects life.

He’s also associated with a spring ritual and the annual day of atonement; either for personal transgressions or for the people’s failure to uphold divine law. This ritualized ceremony with a goat is still commemorated with the English phrase “scapegoat”.

Sometimes in the ritual the goat is replaced by a man.

He is humiliated by the crowd.

Given a crown of brambles.

A rag robe and reed scepter with grain.

The scepter represents death and the restoration of life.

Now of course Roman soldiers could have just copied the ritual?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again my intent is not in someway to diminish the Bible. But quite the opposite. The Bible tries to express some truths regarding the experience of our reality. Unfortunately, many of us ‘choose’ to interpret it literally or the remaining few dismiss the millennia old metaphors as myths.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

last updated 25 October 2009