As you’ll see, this new model is something Jesus came back to incessantly. I find 19 instances in the gospels (not counting duplicates), and the fact that I could assemble that many is highly significant. Set in a modern book format, the four gospels contain less than 40 pages of unique material, and most of that is narration.
Imagine that some combination of circumstances end with you walking into a so-so bar, then accidentally causing some gigantic brute to spill his drink. Imagine also that this brute just learned that his girlfriend moved out, taking his bank account with her.
But if this was the good news – if what Jesus did was to open up a way to live as they do in the higher realms – then we’d expect to see some teachings on this subject.
Given the current state of affairs in the investment markets – particularly that fundamentals have long ceased mattering and tweets move the markets instead – I think a frank discussion is called for. It’s an article of faith amongst financial planners that one must diversify his or her portfolio; that their investments must be spread [...]
The very first thing Jesus says in our earliest gospel is that he has wonderful news, that “the kingdom of God” has arrived. Jesus chose these words with intent. Nowadays people hear them and think “Yeah, yeah, Bible stuff.” Even when they hear “good news” they still think of “Bible stuff.”
It’s up to us to improve the world. If obediently waiting for someone or something else could work, the dominating structures of the world would have improved long, long ago. But they haven’t, leaving the job to us. To do this, however, we must first change the way we look at ourselves and experience ourselves. [...]
I wasn’t planning on posting another of my discourses publicly, but the more I’ve considered it, the more I thought that at least one more was important. Christianity and Western civilization have been together since their beginnings, almost as siblings, and no civilization in the history of our world has been better for mankind than [...]
It’s profoundly dangerous to teach people things they’re not ready to learn. That’s why people who see pedophilia in high places keep their mouths shut. If they speak up, they’re likely to be chopped up by the friends of the pedophiles, and to the approval of an uncomfortable public. (I presume this is also why [...]
Martin continued talking for a while, but mainly about his childhood and early career. Then, he moved back to the problem that America posed to elite rulers. “In America, at least in the early days, people believed they were the primary factors; that they created rulership structures for their own sake… that the structures had no validity, except to serve them.”
There’s a time and place for just about everything, and this is a time to be blunt: Anyone who takes a job for a central bank or any similar entity, building a cryptocurrency, quasi-cryptocurrency or kind-of-blockchain-thing, is a traitor. Not just a traitor to Satoshi (though that’s very certainly true), and not just to the [...]
Taken together, we see a picture of Jesus involving certain key characteristics: Jesus kept himself remarkably separated from the mayhem and issues of his day. Never does he get political or seek political solutions.
You can’t write about this till I’m gone,” he said, “but that won’t be long.” I hadn’t been to Jay’s Bar since the events I recorded in The Rise of The Superfluous Class, and I hadn’t intended on returning any time soon, as much as I love the place. But I was invited by my [...]
As noted earlier, it is by looking at what Jesus did without being prodded that we can learn about his personal beliefs. And so, following are the things Jesus initiated – things he did solely because he wanted to. This is the full list from the Mark gospel:
This episode of the Parallel Society podcast explains something that’s tremendously simple and is great news for us, but is at the same time deeply radical, going against the structure of the world we live in. And that’s a simple phrase: We are structured for magnificence.
However Jesus ended up in 1st century Galilee (virgin birth or otherwise), he finds himself among people less developed than himself. He seems to know he has a limited time and needs to change these people from the inside – to clean the inside of the cup – so they can improve the broader world once he’s gone.
Production Versus Plunder, Paul’s highly regarded history book, came together in a fascinating and almost amazing way. He’s never told the story before, but in this podcast, he does.
So, now we come now to the question of what Jesus himself believed. What was his religion? Or, more properly stated, what were the convictions that Jesus put into action?
Most people still have the idea… the image… that the “Dark Ages” were filthy and grotesque, like a Monty Python film. Not only is that false, but the people of the Dark Ages should be held in high regard. They’re the people who, for the first time in human history, killed slavery on a civilizational [...]
The separation between the religion of Jesus and the religion about Jesus is not only huge, but has continued over many centuries. And that means that there are reasons for this separation.
Among the most important scientific findings of the 20th century were those of Dr. Robert Sapolsky. His work was becoming an interesting but fairly straightforward study, until a freak accident turned it into a human turning point. (Don’t stop listening half-way through or you’ll miss it!) Sapolsky’s findings show that the kind of progress we [...]