How was the Bible Put Together? Catholics?

With my passion of the Bible and spirituality I have often wondered how the bible was put together..  With the permission of a close friend of mine I have taken the liberty to use some of her extensive research to consider this…  The Hip Opinion hopes you enjoy 🙂

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First let’s consider a few players in the drama…..

The Council of Nicene

The Council of Nicene was where the Emperor Constantine brought together a group of leaders and they decided ‘which’ letters and scrolls would be ‘the Bible’ and decided on the deity of Jesus. Around the year 400 or so.

The Council of Jerusalem

The Council of Jerusalem was an apostolic group that decided on the ‘rules’ of Christianity about 50 years after Jesus died, and THAT was the group that decided Gentiles could finally become Christians

Until then, even people who were Gentiles who ‘converted’ to Jesus’ way of thinking were then considered JEWISH. Yeah, several different sects, like Pharisees, Saducees and Essenes.  With me?

Its history right? Continue reading “How was the Bible Put Together? Catholics?”

Did Jesus Die on a Cross?

You ever heard the story that Jesus really didn’t die on the cross? I was waiting outside this coffee shop one time and had this conversation:

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Hey, how’s it going?
Oh pretty good.. I’m blessed today. (me)
Blessed? You believe in Jesus don’t ya?
Well sure, Uh.. Yeah..
I don’t believe in Jesus.
Hmmm? Uh….
See.. I know what really happened.
You do??

Let me tell ya a story:

Those guys’ back then in Iraq. They were monk’s and stuff. They were good at meditating and could put themselves into a deep trance.  You know what I mean?

They would get so deeply into a trance that it would literally mimic death.

See, that’s what Jesus did.

When he saw the coming horrifing death he came up with this plan. He was a young dude and starting to get famous but he was tired of the limelight.  So when they nailed him up he started meditating…And went into a deep trance.

They thought he was dead.

They took him down off the cross and put him in that rich guy’s tomb. He was all part of the plan you see.

Now, the diciples didnt’ know what was up. When they discovered what had happened they met with Jesus over at Peter’s crib.

They told him:

Jesus, if you don’t get the heck out of town right now they are going to cut your freakin’ HEAD OFF!

They snuck him off to Somalia somewhere and hid him out. He slowly assimilated back into society there and lived out the rest of his years.

You ever heard a story like that?

Hey, I’m quoting his story almost verbatim. Sure I used a little creative license but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.  It’s a strange world huh?

The Beatles – More Popular Than Jesus?

John Lennon told this reporter during an interview that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.  Well… people tripped.  Firestorm on bad boy John.

So, what about it?

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

Oh my… What are we gonna do about this? We got a problem folks.

Looks like this deal brought a lot of attention to Jesus actually. I was wondering if they are more popular than Jesus right now? Those cat’s are still very popular.  Their fan’s (followers?) are pehaps more closely followed than Jesus’s.

One day a emergent Christian leader posted “The Beatles had it right” on his facebook page wall.  What was he talking about?  I dunno.  My guess is he was referring to their message of love and peace.

Hey… I dig the Beatles, and I dig Jesus. Can’t we all just get along?

Lennon said he didn’t know which would go first. Rock and roll or Christianity.  But, they are both here to stay. Ya know?

Micro Blogging On Facebook

Well, my latest pastime has been microblogging  on facebook and other social networks.. Its  guaranteed reading and often commented on.

I thought that since I am putting considerable energy and effort into this perhaps I should post these status updates here on the blog I own… At least the blog would get more updates.

My latest brainstorm has been the continuing story of My Homeboy Jesus and our adventures.  It is a biblically based fictional storyline that just popped into my head one day.

The fist post got a lot of attention.

My Homeboy Jesus said: How bout ya let Me drive for awhile? I said: What for? He said: Cause I’m a better Driver than you dawg. I said: I dunno… See.. I can drive pretty darn good..Look here…Check, this…out……..CRASH. Right on Bro.. (handed Him the keys)

My second post was ignored (or not commented on)

My HomeBoy Jesus said: You jacked yer car, wassup? I said: I’ll tell ya. I got big plans, you dig? I’m gonna work and work, beg, borrow and save to get this bad boy rolling ASAP. He said: I can get it done for free dawg. I said; What? Come on now? He said. Trust Me Bro…

It may be too “far out” perhaps for some folks to get… Not any more in my opinion than the “Left Behind” series or the book “The Shack”

My ideas for this style of Bible based ramblings continues.. Perhaps I’ll start a new Topic on this storyline and simply post them here, then share it with a link on facebook and elsewhere.

In any case I think I’ll try to post any more other interesting microblogging ideas I come up with here at the Hip Opinion and perhaps explain myself better. I’m not sure folks are getting all this silly stuff.

And of course, it’s for entertainment purposes only 🙂

Top 10 Worldly Problems. Solutions?

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Well we all got problems don’t we? A quick surf of the net or a newscast on TV will abundantly confirm this.

I like to ponder stuff you know? I like to try and “figure it all out”. And wonder what a “Higher Power” should be doing about all this.  He is supposed to be all powerful right? Can’t He fix this world that we humans have totally screwed up?

Or is it up to us? Religious people tend to be just trying to hold on until they get to the great by and by. Right? I mean, I have heard it said. “This is not our home, our home is in heaven”

Jesus is coming, right? Could be today! But, what if it’s not for another 50 millennia? Hey, that’s a long time.  There’s gonna be a lot of generations of people that have to try and make due until they get to heaven. Meanwhile the world get’s worse.

Big Global Problems

  • Hunger and malnutrition
  • Climate Change
  • Conflicts
  • Financial instability
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Subsidies and Trade Barriers
  • Population/migration
  • Communicable diseases
  • Education
  • Governance and corruption

What a list.  those are real problems.  Who is gonna fix this mess?

I have heard Bible teachers say that this “fallen world is too far gone to be fixed. It will take a complete regeneration from God to fix this. ”

Maybe. But, perhaps talking about it would help to get ideas to give the Big Guy a hand in it. Most of us have children and grandchildren right? Each of us do our part?

I’m just a middle aged hipster. I probably got a few years before I go to the pearly gates.  Perhaps, there is SOMETHING I could do to make a difference here and now. You dig?

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