Originally Posted By: Revlgking
Rhetoric, IMO, which contains easily understood and useful information makes for readable prose. However, it is the use of too much twisted rhetoric that makes it difficult to identify any salient points.


Amen.

And I might add,... information is often divided into categories of usefulness based on beliefs and personal desires, which is then narrowed.. to the exclusion of that which is universal, for that which is personally acceptable.

Religion and personal belief has a history for preference in behavior, to the point of becoming destructive towards that which emanates a different or misunderstood language as the opposing thought and idea.

Holy wars don'tcha know. Battles where God is on one side but not the other.

Speaking to that effect and readable prose, how many really understand the Bible?

Jesus was the example of an irritation to the hierarchy of the time which was the Pharisees and Sadducees standing behind the government. Actually the person in the ruling seat was more of a sock puppet to the spiritual advisers in the form of the priests.

The conflict between the pharisees and sadducees, and Jesus' ministry was mostly based on the conflict of meaning and definition of authority as well as the meaning and definition of spirituality.
When the priests confronted Jesus they wished to maintain their rule thru the subjective idealization of personal merit.
Having been born and raised in luxury and title, the priests would try to objectify their point by measuring their idea of authority against personal background.

The priests would say to Jesus, "Who are you to speak of God? You are a simple carpenters son and we are born and bred to rule, with the education and reputation of generations in spiritual grooming."

Jesus' simple response was that it is not pride in ones self or the reputation that is broadcast of pride that makes a man Godly, but rather one who has built a relationship with God making that relationship self evident in thought feeling and action.

Being that the pharisees did not know God, but instead idealized their version of God which was built on the pride and reputation of the title they carried and defended, they could not see where Jesus had any relationship to God. In fact they made it their mission to destroy Jesus because he threatened their pride and their title.

The pharisees made it their job and mission to defend their idealized version of God, by passing their rule of judgement upon Jesus as speaking words that made no sense or had any value in the approach and lifestyle of anyone who would want to know and understand God.

The obvious outcome of the destruction of Jesus by the priests in the story portrayed in the bible, is that even tho the pharisees insisted Jesus had twisted the meanings of scripture, the teachings of Jesus have survived.

There are a great number of people who did not understand the ministry of Jesus, but they did marvel at the magnetic personality and his ability to attract so many followers, as well as his reputation for performing miracles.

As for the pharisees, they are still active in preaching the gospel of self measure. To them title and meaning are always the defining tool to keep the attention on circumstance rather than that which underlies all creative and reflective experiences of creativity.
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