Sunday, October 26, 2014
Reading the gospels
I've always thought the Christian symbols and the pictures held great power. Especially for me who is not a Christian. btw for those that wish to convert you, you just look them straight in the eye and say "I am a Jew" and they leave you alone. Too far gone, beyond the pale, foreign. Who knows?
When I see a cross or a Jesus, my first reaction is stress and agitation. Run! Get away! Fright. Oppression. These people will hurt you. Don't go near. My husband was a bit surprised by my reaction. Once, a long time ago when we had adult education in the religious school (which my kids did not attend too many years, just couldn't pull it off), I borrowed some Christian items, a wooden cross, a Jesus picture and I wanted to explore the feelings that these items triggered in us.
But everyone was too agitated to even think about it. My program failed. I think that people unconsciously wanted to distance themselves from anything that looked like that. They couldn't listen.
So as I'm reading the Gospel of John, I challenged myself to put a Jesus picture on my blog. Ooooooh, a tough one. A lot of language so far of Jesus challenging maybe even bullying people to believe him. At least in the first half or so.
So I looked for a Jesus picture. He's often portrayed as a white man with a beard and long hair. I wanted to show him declaring and teaching, saying.