Saturday, April 15, 2017

"he taught in their synagogues" - The Truth in Jesus' Words for Oneself

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The Truth in Jesus' Words for Oneself

If somebody said that God appeared in a remote country as a man who preached some teachings and performed miracles but was hated by mainstream priests and foreign authority occupying the country to be killed but come back to life three days later, would you believe this word?

Almost 1900 years ago, many Romans believed this story and started to revere the God.  And, in 300 years, the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its state religion.

Did Romans respect those who were trying to diffuse Christianity in Rome and other cities in the Empire?  Did any notable persons, famous scholars, or influential politicians try to disseminate Christianity in the Empire?

If not, what was the key to the great success of Christianity in conquering the Empire?  The key was the Gospels and other documents in the New Testament.  There were no other means for Christianity to rely on in its deployment in the Empire.  But what features or parts of the Gospels appealed to Romans?  Most probably direct expressions of the words of Christ Jesus depicted in the Gospels.

We can only know what Christ Jesus told by reading the Bible.  So, the core of Christianity is the words of Christ Jesus, rather than His story depicted in the Bible, including His birth and crucifixion.

However, no mater how much and many ways scholars, priests, even the Pope, etc. interpreted the words of Christ Jesus reported in the Gospels,  it is each individual who finds truth in His words, the truth for himself or herself.

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Luk 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Luk 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.