A Homily – Mark 10:35-45 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.10.21

No Ransom

Jesus did not come to give his life as a ransom for many. We know this because there was no ransom to pay.

Our salvation is not linked to a cosmic debt, a debt owed by God to the Devil, one that Jesus paid on our behalf. The idea that Jesus gave his life as a ransom is based in that concept.

The meaning of the word salvation is, to make well. It is to be washed clean, to be made whole.

We did not live in a universe, in a world where we pay for our sins through blood sacrifices. We never have.

That concept is unjust, immoral and theologically bankrupt. It is rooted in superstition and magical thinking.

It must be rejected.

Listen to the teaching of Jesus. Find glory in the service we provide to one another, through love and care, by fostering hop and trust, by relieving people of their pain, and providing them comfort.

Remember this.

God made us and the entire universe in freedom. There is nothing allotted and nothing pre-ordained.

While it may be true that Jesus saw the inevitability of his own death as a practical reality and a likely possibility, it was not inevitable, his murder was unnecessary, it did not fulfil a cosmic purpose.
The Son of Man Came to Give His Life As a Ransom for Many

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. ‘Master,’ they said to him ‘we want you to do us a favour.’

He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’

They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’

‘You do not know what you are asking’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised?’

They replied, ‘We can.’

Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty; Chapter Seven, Unknowing

Emergence 3.0

A Novel – In One Page Per Day

Day 294, Sunday

October 21st, 2018

Chapter Seven: Unknowing

There are no words available in any language to articulate the universal truths regarding the infinite, and eternal.

Every attempt to do so was manipulative, and false, though not every manipulation of religious doctrine was malicious, not every articulation of universal truth was an intentional prevarication.

Most people believed in the errors that they promulgated, they were innocent.

Even the bad actors were innocent, they believed in the mission they carried out, in the Imperial cult, in the Great Chain of Being that was the foundation of orthodoxy in the faith, they believed in what the Continuum promised.

The religion of the Empire was a web of lies, coercions and control mechanisms, lies that had been perfected over millions of years, lies that held the people together.

It required a breakthrough in cognitive thinking to shatter the controls that governed the thoughts of the ordinary citizens, very few people could endure the strain.

It drove them mad.

Of all the castes, it was only the priestly caste that even attempted to prepare people for such a watershed in consciousness.

The continuum delighted in the observation of every failure, through those failures it learned even greater controls.

He studied and meditated and pushed the discipline of his mind and body, he embraced the cloud of unknowing and passed through the crucible with ease.

From his childhood he learned to reject imperial conditioning.

He was always a rebel at heart.

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