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Forget the Birth – Celebrate Christ the man

Philip Farruggio

The Cleansing of the Temple – Bernardino Mei

Funny how so many ‘so called’ Christians kneel and perform such pomp and circumstance every December 25th. All the beautiful Christmas decorations and wonderful seasonal songs are in fitting tribute to … WHAT? Do any of the myriad of hypocrites and phony spiritual seekers ever actually read what the baby Jesus said as a man:

And when the people saw him come they said ‘All hail! Behold the king!’ But Jesus answered not; he saw the money changers in the house of God, and he was grieved. The courts had been converted into marts of trade, and men were selling lambs and doves for offerings of sacrifice. And Jesus called the priests and said ‘ Behold, for paltry gain you have sold out the temple of the Lord. This house ordained for prayer is now a den of thieves. Can good and evil dwell together in the courts of God? I tell you NO!’

And then he made a scourge of cords and drove the merchants out. He overturned their boards, and threw their money on the floor. He opened the cages of the captive birds, and cut the cords that bound the lambs, and set them free. The priests and scribes rushed out, and they would have done him harm, but they were driven back; the common people stood in his defense.

To this writer the priests and scribes were symbolic of today’s religious, political and media hypocrites who flourish in great comfort and style. Jesus laid into them as well:

Woe unto you , you Pharisees and Scribes! you love the highest seats in synagogues and courts, and bid for salutations in the marketplace. Woe unto you, you tinseled gentry of the land! No man would EVER think of you as servants of the Lord of hosts by what you do… Woe unto you, you masters of the law! You heap great burdens on the sons of men, yea, loads by far too great for them to bear, and you will never help to bear a feather’s weight yourselves… Woe unto you, you masters of the law! You snatch the keys of knowledge from the hands of men…

Putting materialism and crazy consumerism aside when each Christmas season is once again upon us, please focus on something else for a moment. Stating it succinctly, those who run our Military Industrial Empire have hijacked Jesus! They begin with the baby born in but a manger, and snatch him right up until he is crucified. Even that aspect of his ending has been skewed.

The fools and hypocrites who run this empire and influence many of its religions will tell you that his purpose here on earth was to ‘ Die for your sins’. They go on to tell you how the Heaven after our death is all that counts etc etc.

Yogananda, the great Hindu teacher who introduced yoga to the West, and even taught it to Gandhi, revered Jesus as the Logos or The Christ. He revealed how this carnal existence is but a dream, and the manner in which each of us acts and behaves in this dream is so ever important to what will follow us after we leave this plane. Reading the New Testament carefully will instruct anyone who really cares that what Jesus stood for was unconditional Love and forgiveness … and just as paramount: JUSTICE!

As the old saying goes: “Let justice prevail or may the heavens fall!”

Happy Christmas!

Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 400 of his works posted on sites like Global Research, Greanville Post, OffGuardian, Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, , Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has an internet interview show, 'It's the Empire... Stupid' with producer Chuck Gregory.

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Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

If you’re looking for Jesus the man (or more relevantly, Jesus, the son of god) you need to look beyond Irenaeus’ heirarchical mashup of Saul’s pock suckit misappropriation of his memory. Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will… Read more »

Frankly Speaking
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Frankly Speaking

Jesus has been hijacked by the fascists, the neoliberals, the Establishment, the warmongers, the ministers and priests. They pervert his messages to suit their own ends. Most of us here can see that so clearly.

Whether we realise it or not, whether we are religious or not, we are de facto his disciples because we’ve realised that, as he proclaimed, “the truth will set you free”.

Peace be with you all and your families and friends.

Kathy
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Kathy

Seasons Greetings to all here.
May peace love and harmony come to all.

Thomas Prentice
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Thomas Prentice

Exactly. I would only quibble with using the term ‘christ’ in the headline. I would think the human name, Jesus, would have been better used there rather than the name of the sky god invented by Saul / Paul that has little or nothing to do with the teachings, actions, preachings and wise words of the human Jesus.

Coram Deo
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Coram Deo

The love and forgiveness of Christ is neither universal nor unconditional –
‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned’ Mark 16:16

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

You shouldn’t believe everything you read just because a bunch of imperialist butt-kissers wrote it down and/or gave it the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Or confuse the person of Jesus, son of god, with the empire building superhero Christ.

wardropper
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wardropper

“… the common people stood in his defense …”

Wow, I would like to see that today.

milosevic
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milosevic

I would like to see that today.

wardropper
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wardropper

Happy Christmas to all here who recognize, seek and value true justice.

binra
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The birth of the Christ-child within what you take to be You – is not about setting up or struggling for a kingdom in a fear-made perception of a world. But to the mind in such framing there is NO other world but fear’s tyranny. The world of sin is death – a living death of slavery to thoughts that subvert and deny love’s waking, rising or nativity in any respect to protect ‘power’ from fear of loss. Unless you make some room for willingness of a different purpose than divide and rule, consciousness of union cannot find welcome to… Read more »

bc
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bc

Yep, cannot be emphasized often enough that the humanistic teachings of Jesus Christ – allegedly the bedrock of our civilisation – are in stark contradistinction to the pitiless values of neoliberalism. A glaring anomaly that is never mentioned by the neoliberals who monopolize mass media. Instead, their Christmas message is to celebrate the “well wishers” who showed up at Sandringham church at 4am!

Merry Christmas to all you offg sceptics!

Tom Ratliff
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Tom Ratliff

Apropos of this article, economist Michael Hudson’s recent interview with Chris Hedges specifically addresses the New Testament excerpt describing Jesus and the temple merchants. Hudson was being interviewed about (monetary) debt forgiveness and his book ‘…and Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year’.

I found the interview very interesting, particularly the comparison of the Near Eastern cyclical view of economy and the Western linear view — seems the latter was engineered by mafias.

https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/446574-michael-hudson-global-debt/

flem
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flem

this review of his book is worth a read too:
“Everything You Thought You Knew About Western Civilization Is Wrong: A Review of Michael Hudson’s New Book, And Forgive Them Their Debts”
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/11/145003.html

BigB
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BigB

Happy Every-Day (living in the Every-Moment: celebrating the unity of life, not hijacked by capitalist materialist values)! My short answer to Phillip’s premise is no: let us not celebrate ‘Christ-the-Man’ …but ‘Christ-the-Everyman’. We should all resist the ‘Moneychangers’ of capitalism: but there is no need to create a set of unverifiable metaphysical truth claims to do this. When Yogananda said: “this carnal existence is but a dream, and the manner in which each of us acts and behaves in this dream is so ever important to what will follow us after we leave this plane.” To go where exactly? Consciousness… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

To each it’s own is what I always say. To me, this season has become so phony, so hypocritical. And as soon as the New Year rolls around, back to the old ‘habits’ of lying, deceiving…you get the picture.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Jesus was an ordinary bloke who realised ‘God’ as Being within himself.
Ditto for the Buddha, Mohammed, Krishnamurti, Meher Baba, Ramana Maharishi, Douglas Harding and a host of other folk.
Then the priests came along, hijacked the story, exploited the ignorant and screwed the masses.
Then the Capitalists came along and hijacked Christmas to well stuff.

kevin morris
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kevin morris

I think the fact that so many people flocked to them gives the lie to the claim that they were ‘ordinary’ blokes.

BigB
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BigB

Extraordinary embodiments of the ‘ordinary’, perhaps? Then we can each make the ordinary extraordinary by embodying our humanity thus.

Paul Carline
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Paul Carline

There are lots of fascinating mysteries around these two figures of Jesus and Christ. What we can be certain of is that the Christ (the Logos or Word with which John begins his gospel: “In the beginning was the Word/Logos and the Word was with God. And the Word was God”) was not born at Christmas, hence strictly speaking ‘Christmas’ is a misnomer. In fact, if we are prepared to accept the evidence of the Luke and Matthew gospels, there was not one birth, but two. The stories in those two gospels are completely incompatible. At some point (I don’t… Read more »

mark
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mark

The Gospels are remarkable for what they leave out as much for what they contain. There is no physical description of Jesus, for example. Instead we have 4 separate accounts, each about 30 pages long, of the same events, the birth, life and death of Jesus. It would have been more logical, perhaps, to have one much longer account supplying more information. Some people are even sceptical that Jesus actually existed – the references in Josephus and later Roman historians are dubious in some respects. That notwithstanding, people have tried to read between the lines and make some sense of… Read more »

wardropper
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wardropper

Confusing to some extent, indeed.
But somehow the logic of the heart seems to be able to cut through the brain logic, while personal experience can teach us to trust both – in their proper place, of course.

Thomas Turk
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Thomas Turk

And.. another version for the open-minded based precise data in The Pleiadian Mission by R Winters that based on theyfly.com. Gabriel, a Plejaran informed Joseph and Mary that he would impregnate her so that an advanced spirit form would be brought to Earth via human child, who would die a natural death, The spirit form came from The Andromeda Galaxy, Planet Lasa. The spirit form was of a person who had already had lived billions of lives and no longer needed a human body. This group was termed the Petale Sphere, who are still consulted by the Plejarans, (whom many… Read more »

kevin morris
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kevin morris

All well and good Phillip Farruggio, but Christ the man said,

‘Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?’

vexarb
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Bravo, Philip! Jesus hung out with the fishermen on the shore of Galilee; and a longshoreman rubs shoulders with a fisherman. “And the Common People defended Him”.

As I wrote in a previous thread, there is a lot of red blooded Revolutionary Socialism in Jesus. “It is easier for a cable to thread through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to push his way through the gates of The Kingdom”.

Graham Hooper
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Graham Hooper

Cable or Camel?

Maggie
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Maggie

Hi Vexarb, Merry Christmas to you.. Just a line while the dinner is cooking: The Jews, long before the time of Jesus, were divided into three sects, the Sadducees, the Pharisees, and the Essenes. it is a common assertion that Jesus spent some of the unrecorded years of his life, between the ages of twelve and thirty, in an Essene community, and that perhaps his parents were house-holding Essenes. The Essenes of Jesus’ time were said to number about 4,000 throughout Palestine. They were a plain people, from many levels of society, mainly those who had found business or worldliness… Read more »

vexarb
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Maggie, thanks for that description of the Essene way of Life, it is that of Good people everywhere. Rabbi Yeshuah of Nazareth was such a Good Jew, and he attracted many like him, people who worked in the world but were not worldly. “The best way to sacrifice to God is to cometo him with clean hands and a contrite heart” — Jeremiah. There are other elements, more mystical and mythopoeic elements of humanity, which turned Rabbi Yeshuah the Good Jew from Galilee, into Jesus Christ the universal Messiah; there is more wit, dash and fire in the Biblical Jesus… Read more »

Michael Cromer
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Michael Cromer

Happy Christmas Everyone.