According to most versions of Christianity, the Jewish god, Yahweh, impregnated a 13 year-old Palestinian peasant girl in order to make a version of himself called “Jesus”. Yahweh did this because he had a mission or missions for Jesus.
The various flavors of Christianity see Jesus’ mission(s) differently but most of them fall into one of three categories:
- Salvation: to save people from sin and damnation
- Kingdom: to establish a new Kingdom: God’s kingdom
- Teachings: to give moral teachings
The four accepted Jesus stories (the “gospels”) are then peppered with magic and supposed prophecy fulfillment all along the way so that the reader accepts the credibility of Jesus’ missions.
Each sect of Christianity does a different mix of these three missions. I have written elsewhere the obvious problems with his first supposed mission: Salvation. As for his second mission, the Kingdom, it is obvious that no Kingdom has arrived even though both Jesus and his disciples expected it in their lifetimes. So in a panic, hundreds of generations of Christians have spun various Kingdom theologies to try and correct for this obvious problem.
Though nonbelievers mostly laugh off Christian salvation and heavenly kingdom myths, the third mission gets occasional approval even from nonChristians. I have often heard non-believers kissing up to Jesus’ apparent third mission: The Great Teacher. Perhaps this is to be expected of believers in other great gods, gurus or teachers, but I have even heard casual atheists saying, “Well, I don’t believe Jesus was a god, but I believe Jesus was a great moral teacher.” Mind you, blogging atheists (not the casual type), go the other extreme. Check out the poll results.
But really? If you look at Jesus teachings, they are a mix of nonsense, blandness, and occasional good virtuous ideas which were said by teachers and philosophers all over the planet before his time. Jesus was not unique. Often times his teachings were just “Blah”, outright wrong and even crazy. Jesus was not a great teacher. Well, at least that is my opinion.
In future posts, I hope to illustrate and support my above preposterous claim.
Question to readers: First, please take the poll then add a comment with your caveates, objections and more. They will help me in considering future posts.