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Jesus’ message made simple

LS Well, Sunday again! Where do the weeks go?
This morning was the first for six days when it wasn’t actually pouring with rain. I decided that I would take Chap for a long walk to the Sunday market because I have run out of the bags I need to clean up after my dogs.

I was approached by a person who I don’t believe I have ever spoken to before but she seemed to know me and she started to talk to me as though we were old friends. Obviously, Chap acted like a catalyst as she picked him up to cuddle him.

She asked me if I had found my answers yet. A bit non-plussed, I asked her which answers she was referring to since my life has been massively populated by questions. “Why,” she said “those about the message of Jesus.” I had to admit I was still looking.

I half expected to be preached at but, instead, she asked if I had read “The Life of Christ” by F W Farrer who was the Archdeacon and Canon of Westminster. This is one of my well thumbed books although the writing style has never fully engaged my attention. The copy I have was published in 1891 and has the quality associated with books of that era. When I explained this she asked me why I felt that the book could not really be accepted at face value.

Basically, this book is an extremely interesting volume to dip into but negotiating a whole chapter is akin to being told who did the deed while also being presented with various different aspects of the evidence. Various words and phrases are taken out of context and the different learned interpretations justaffixed. It is a confusing book to read because it is like something I would have written – a book about my own faith and the reasons that I question my beliefs and those of others.  

I came from the market and got knocked down by a flood, but that is another story, while I considered a sugestion that she made.

“Use a high lighter,” she said “and highlight only the direct quotes from what Jesus is supposed to have said – then read only the text that you have highlighted. You will find” she continued “that you will have the accepted interpretations of Jesus’ teachings on Earth. You will also begin to wonder why the religious groups have endowed His simple message with such disparate meanings.”

Applying her method to the story of the last supper, I was really pleased to find that I was correct in my condemnation of all those who have vilified Judas down the centuries.

The book is big print so I should be able to read it with a better understanding.

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