25 Aug

Juno is currently reading:

Peter, Paul, & Mary Magdalene, the followers of Jesus in history and legend, by Bart D. Ehrman

“Simon Peter is undoubtedly the best known disciple of Jesus. But how well known is he really? We know his name, Simon, and his nickname, allegedly given by Jesus himself, Cephas, which in the first century was not a name at all but a noun meaning “rock.” The modern equivalent would be “Rocky.” This at least was his nickname in Aramaic – the language that both Jesus and Simon spoke. In Greek, the language of The New Testament, the word for rock is petra, whence we get his more commonly known name, Peter. The name Simon Peter, then, literally means “Simon the Rock.” Given Simon’s impetuousness and unfailingly fickle character during Jesus’ lifetime, one almost wonders if Jesus was being ironic.”

“… for most ancient Jews the claim that Jesus was the messiah was ludicrous. From their standpoint, Jesus was everything that the messiah was not supposed to be: a lowly, powerless, crucified criminal.”

“In this later Christianized understanding of Jesus as the messiah, he is the one who must suffer and die for others. But that’s not all. Jesus is also the messiah in the more traditional Jewish sense, in that will still inherit the Kingdom of God when it comes. In fact, he himself will bring it. … Peter and the others no doubt expected this to happen right away: after all, Jesus is recorded as saying that it will happen within their generation, before the disciples have “experienced death” (Mark 9:1).
But as time passed … it became clear to Jesus’ followers that there would be an interim between the beginning of the end (the death and resurrection of Jesus) and the culmination of the end (his second coming in power).”

Ok, so I’m not done reading this book (I’m not even done with the “Peter” section) but my daily internet routine showed me the trailer for this documentary today, and in combination with what I’ve read, it’s utterly terrifying.

Seriously, watch this
That’s some scary shit.

If we’re going to brainwash kids, couldn’t we do it with some new religion? Something that works toward Peace, or harmony, or something like that? Can we? Please?

Oh right… we can’t because there isn’t one. We’re still waiting for Jesus.

Seriously, did you watch that trailer?

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4 Responses to “”

  1. chesire_smile August 26, 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    Uh……
    “Where should we be putting the emphasis? I’ll tell you where our enemies are putting it, their putting it on the children….they are sending their children to camp like we send our children to bible camp, but they are putting granades and guns into the hands of the children…”
    And yet, what are these people doing? building an Army of God — with children. They are essentially doing what their enemies are doing. Are they aware of the irony and hypocracy of that? Apparently not.

    • junorhane August 26, 2006 at 5:29 pm #

      Plus the way she sets up the dichotomy between her Christian soldiers and their enemies, “there are two kinds of people in the world, those who love Jesus, and those who don’t” makes for a lot of potential enemies, I would think.

  2. sylness August 26, 2006 at 4:38 pm #

    Eek. It’s scary to see little kids so worked up like that. I wonder how many of them think it’s a game. Certainly not the kid with the rat-tail…

    • junorhane August 26, 2006 at 5:53 pm #

      That little girl at the end, who cries??
      Disturbing.

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