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Jesus’ Death: Did You Think About It?

11It is not my intent to get any of the good Christian folk upset with this post. Our whole life comes down to what you believe or know about in this case, as black folk say, “our Jesus.” This has always vexed me. Nonetheless, let’s clear up something first; Jesus was not blonde haired blue eyed and surely not a white man – I repeat Jesus was NOT a white man, if he existed at all. Supposedly, he came from Palestine, and those people were not white. So maybe an open minded person will see the fallacy proposed in that fact and, therefore, the basic premise of the story is untrue.

Just as with it with the date of his birth, and where he was born. What we think we know are falsehoods and there is equally as much doubt about the fallacies surrounding his death. I will, however, say this is the greatest story ever told. In a new book Crucifixion’s a Doddle by Julian Doyle, he uses ancient texts, religious artworks, and the Bible itself to refute some of the most common-held beliefs about the death of Jesus.

He points out something that I never thought about, which is the popular image that has become the image of Jesus’ death on the immense wooden cross; when there were so few trees in Judea. Further, he points out that the Romans executed criminals by impaling them, while Jewish law preferred stoning them, and asks why there were no images of the cross for almost four centuries after Jesus’ death?

After he realized something was wrong with what we have been told. He researched the earliest images of Jesus being crucified, but there are none. Okay, we have seen millions of such paintings, but there are none for hundreds of years after his death. It is not until the fourth century that scenes of the Crucifixion of Jesus began to appear, almost exactly 400 years after the event. No church before this date even had a crucifixion image. So around AD 430 the image, we know this concept was invented.

In the pictures, we’ve all seen the executioner is up a ladder, which is leaning on the cross. The cross had to be set deep in the ground to stay up from the weight of both men; something to think about? The purpose of a Crucifixion is to put the body on show, as a deterrent, as long as possible. Upright like a banner, struggling with pain, degraded and dehumanized, till it rotted.

In the Bible, Jesus is raised on the cross at either 9 or 12 o’clock and is dead by 3 pm. Many scholars say it takes a lot longer than four hours for a person to die. So the likelihood of someone dying in such a short period of time seems impossible. To cover this criticism the Gospel of John, tries to suggest Jesus was speared in the side to prove he was dead. Problem is it says: “and immediately blood and water came out.” Which means the heart is pumping so he is evidently not dead.

Next, he explains that crucifixion was not the method of capital punishment used by the Romans. Look at this from the Jewish historian Josephus, writing at the time: “Varus sent his army into the country, to seek out the authors of the revolt; he punished those that were most guilty: the number who were crucified on this account were two thousand.” He asks how can these numbers possibly be? Where are all these trees coming from, not to mention the tons of nails (6,000)? The answer strangely is just a matter of translation.

The word we translate from crucifix – stauros does not actually mean crucifix at all. Here is the full dictionary definition: “The word stauros comes from the Ancient Greek histemi: ‘straighten up,’ the same root from which come the German Stern, or the English ‘stand.’ In classical Greek, until the early 4th century BC, stauros meant an upright stake, pole, or which might be used in impaling. In the literature of that time, it never means two pieces of timber placed across one another at any angle, but always one piece alone.”

Jesus’ crime was blasphemy, so why does the High Priest take Jesus to Pilate? Blasphemy has nothing to do with the Romans. The crime is punishable would have been by stoning, which is clearly decided by the Jews themselves. Crucifixion is the Roman punishment for rebellion.

Deuteronomy 21:22 says Jewish law about stoning: “If a man is guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body hung on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse”’. Another important point to make her; Pilate could not have crucified Jesus because the Roman governor left Judea years before Jesus’ death.

Jesus’ two-year mission begins after the death of John the Baptist. If John had been killed eight years before the destruction of Herod’s army, surely nobody would link the two events? The destruction of the army in 36 AD must have been no more than six months to a year after the Baptist’s death, for them to be linked, which places his death in AD 35. If Jesus’ two-year mission began, then he would still be alive in 38 AD. Pilate left Judea in 36 AD.

Just the fact that trees were clearly a scarce and valuable commodity; why use them just to kill criminals? I understand that all of this comes down to faith and faith is to believe what is unseen and believing it to be truth. This is just a collection of thoughts that may or not cause you to rethink what you believe. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Curse Of Willie Lynch

028_160Some have proclaimed that a slave was born, rather than made. I disagree with this notion because a slave was made using a defined calculated and well thought-out plan devised for the purpose of being a beast of burden. Let me say first that we know the supposed Willie Lynch litter is fictitious, but the scheme is very real and white folks know the plan because it protects white supremacy.

We know the reasons for this atrocity were designed to build a nation and to obtain wealth for the culprits. But what is not understood, en mass, is how it was designed and made sustainable. That part has become little more than a footnote to history. Yes, the Lynch letter is believed to be fictitious but in every lie, there is some truth. Frankly, what better way to disguise the truth than to tell you it is a lie!

I’m reminded of the powerful words of Harriet Tubman, who expressed succinctly the effectiveness of this system of mental conditioning. She was asked shortly before her death if she knew how many slaves she freed while conducting the Underground Railroad. She did not think about it, replying quickly, “I could have freed a lot more if they had only known they were slaves.”

From that dreadful day in 1619 when the first Africans were dragged onto the shores of Jamestown VA until today where we’ve witnessed the first man of color elected President of these United States. Or as Jesse put it – from the outhouse to the White House, there is no doubt that our story is the greatest story ever told. As it is said in Scripture, “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.” But let’s understand that there was a plan, a sinister plan, conceived at some point to ensure that people of African descent remain the least of thee.

Here is a look at the plan; as the story goes, a British slave owner from the West Indies was invited to Virginia sometime during the year 1712 to teach his methods to slave owners. Willie Lynch was the name of the man credited with a speech delivered on the banks of the James River. It is noteworthy to mention that the James River was named for the diabolical King of England, who was ironically the same guy responsible for the twenty-eighth version of the cherished Holy Bible.

Lynch brought with him, as he put it, a foolproof method for controlling black slaves that will last for a thousand years. Consequently, it is believed the term “lynching” was derived from his last name as a way to pay homage to him for delivering this ingenious approach. The name Willie Lynch is interesting because it may be a simple play on words. For example, Will Lynch or Will he Lynch. Whatever the reason, it no doubt had significant psychological implications that played heavily on a naive race of people.

Lynch began his historical presentation with a warm greeting:

“Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems. I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I have a foolproof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least three hundred years. My method is simple… The black slave after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands…..” The seeds of devastation were fertilized, and the process of destruction was underway for the making a race into slaves.

In the speech, Lynch outlined a number of differences among the slaves. He stressed to his audience that they should take these differences and make them bigger. These differences included such things as age, color, intelligence, fine hair vs. coarse hair, tall vs. short, male vs. female. These tactics were not new; however, they were more than likely put together collectively for this specific purpose for the first time as keys to control.

This short eight paragraph speech was profound in that it was the embodiment of the cruelest demoralizing agenda ever imposed upon a people since the days when the Romans crucified our Lord. As Lynch closed his speech that day, he said, “They must love, respect and trust only us.” This is the key to producing a successful strategy. Whether this story is true or not, and it has caused much speculation. However, as history demonstrates, a manufactured plan was developed by someone to achieve these results that continue to this day.

The Willie Lynch letter first appeared in the early 1970s gaining widespread notice during the nineties, when it began appearing on the Internet. Since then, it has often been promoted as an authentic account of slavery during the 18th century, but its inaccuracies and anachronisms have led historians to conclude that it is a hoax. Let’s be honest; I don’t think any reasonable person would think that those persons present if there was such a meeting, took written notes. However, the same reasonable thinking person can see that there was a designed plan created by someone in order to sustain such division. It may have been something as simple as “divide and conquer.”

So let’s suppose the Willie Lynch story is a modern creation, either the concept was ingenious or the biggest urban myth ever. Then it begs the question, why are we still fighting amongst ourselves. Further, how can the ruling people, or anyone for that matter, justify a philosophy for building and maintaining a government that sanctioned murder, among other atrocities, to enslave human beings? I know and mind you, I was not taught this in school nor did anyone explain that the government, through legislative sessions, passed laws to ensure that our bondage was sustained.

This wicked system was sanctioned by the church in the name of God. It is important to understand when the church endorsed slavery and the vehicle that drove it; this meant in the eyes of the system that God himself authorized this immoral agenda. If this was the mentality of the church, and it is a historical fact that religion sanctioned and justified enslaving people for centuries. Therefore, it begs the question, does that mentality still exist, and the question is “are you a slave”?

The answer to the question was not so much the Willie Lynch letter that enslaved a nation of people; rather it was the Bible! And that is my Thought Provoking Perspective…

“Just a Season”

AMAZON


His-Story

FotoFlexer_PhotoThe French Philosopher Voltaire famously wrote “History is a pack of lies played on the dead”. If you don’t believe it, just go to the library because that’s where all the lies are buried! History is my thing! Therefore, I have searched for the truth, answers and studied the past as thoroughly as anyone, which means I am a reasonable enough thinker to know “BS”. I said that to say, “If what I have witnessed and know to be true has been altered or changed. How can I believe anything His-Story ever told?”

Let’s start with the story of black people! Those who held us in bondage did not record any of our history; except the bill of sale for the purchase of these souls. It was the wretchedness of these people who erased a long, proud, and distinguished history. In fact, it was not until around nineteen-twenty [1920] that Negroes even had the courage to ask about their past. Then, it was not until the nineteen-sixties [1960s] or so that we were able to learn the truth about any of the stories of our past.

Yet, while being educated by the oppressor in his schools, we were taught to praise the slave owning so-called founding fathers! You know the stories; George Washington chopped down the cherry tree, and that Ol’ Abe never told a lie. His-Story made heroes out of fools and misrepresented every historical fact. Let’s take the life and work of Dr. King. He was a radical and at the time of his death he was the most hated man in America. Today, his life has been rewritten and reduced to one paragraph of a forty-five-minute speech and of that all we remember is these three famous words – “I have a Dream.”

There are countless examples I can quote to make my point or to reference the lies used to make us believe something other than what is actually true. Just know what you’ve been taught, you know His-Story, the so-called truth, is nothing more than “fiction”. Let me remind you of the most profound quote ever recorded. “If you control what a man thinks, you never have to worry about what he’s thinking.” And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Remember What Happened On The Road To Jerusalem

Nat-Turner2-1024x743I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the ghosts of the greats who suffered, died, and sacrificed so much for a people degraded and scorn to which some might say cursed by the wretchedness of slavery. Let me say that one of my major faults is that I understand the power of words and know that finding truth in the written word can produce truth. Taking into consideration, often times, those words were written for the times and used to sway or justify that which one might want the truth to remain hidden. Like in the story of Freedom Fighter Nat Turner!

Someone, I know sent me an email that contained the “Confessions of Nat Turner.” I had never read it before and knew very little about the man Nat Turner other than that white people hated him and what little his-story tells. I was so surprised because it was, in my opinion, unfathomable to believe much of what his supposed attorney wrote as truth. This caused me to do my own research and see what facts were available to reinforce the only known account of the Nat Turner Rebellion. What I found was many different interpretations of the rebellion. Hence, there were few facts available. What we know is that there was a rebellion, and he was hung. Everything else is conjecture!

Here are the facts:

Nat Turner was born into slavery October 2, 1800, on a Southampton County plantation. On August 21, 1831, he led a violent disorganized insurrection. The incident ended the emancipation movement in that region and led to even harsher laws against slaves. Benjamin Turner, his owner, allowed him to be instructed in reading, writing, and religion. Sold three times in his childhood and hired out to John Travis 1820s. He became a fiery preacher and leader of slaves claiming that he was chosen by God to lead them from bondage.

Believing in signs and hearing divine voices, Turner was convinced by an eclipse of the Sun in 1831 that the time to rise-up had come, and he enlisted the help of four other slaves in the area. An insurrection was planned, aborted, and rescheduled for August 21, 1831, when he and six other slaves killed the Travis family, managed to secure arms and horses, and enlisted about 75 other slaves in a disorganized insurrection that resulted in the murder of 51 white people.

Afterward, Turner hid nearby successfully for six weeks until his discovery, conviction, and hanging in Jerusalem, Virginia after a trial that lasted twenty-four hours, along with 16 of his followers. The incident put fear in the heart of Southerners, ended the organized emancipation movement in that region, resulted in even harsher laws against slaves, and deepened the schism between slaveholders that would culminate in the Civil War. This is all we know as fact.

Among many, perhaps most, African-Americans in the antebellum period or even today, Turner’s legacy takes on heroic status as someone willing to make slave-owners pay for the hardships that they enacted upon the millions of children, women and men they enslaved. He is not mentioned in the same vein as the KKK in that they murdered, under cover of law, countless men, women, and children in what was nothing more than state sponsored terrorism. Like John Brown, Turner also thought revolutionary violence would serve to awaken the attitudes of whites to the reality of the inherent brutality of slave-holding.

My research shows one thing clearly. The supposed confession taken by Attorney Gray is a myth written to produce financial gain and to induce fear. Turner was called a beast and a savage – maybe. I would argue that is what he was made to be, as he and others were sold like animals, to which his knowledge of the Old Testament told him that even God worked through acts of violence and inflicted extreme punishment upon his enemies for his people.

It is reported that Nat Turner said before they hung him holding his head high; “they crucified Jesus didn’t they.” And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Church Talk: The Book Of Revelations

028_1601The Bible tells us about the end times, when there will appear Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; as described in the Book of Revelations the last book of the New Testament. Believers view this story of fear and damnation. The chapter tells of a book in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals. Jesus opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses.

The Book of Revelation was written sometime around 96 CE in Asia Minor. The author was probably a Christian from Ephesus known as “John the Elder.” According to the Book, this John was on the island of Patmos, not far from the coast of Asia Minor, “because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1.10). This has traditionally been taken to mean that he had been exiled there as a martyr for his Christian faith. I have been to church many times of the years and have yet to hear a preacher talk about this part of the Bible – like it is the forgotten text!

The four riders are seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine, and the last rider is Death. Yes, this is scary stuff, but to most believers it is expected and very real. Could it be upon us now? Revelations also speak of an Anti-Christ that will appear to bring about damnation. They, white folk, use to believe this person has arrived in the form of our current president, but after seeing the GOP nominee – that guy seems more like the perfect fit! So it’s reasonable to view this obstructionist as purveyors of doom. But in reality, the real false idols intent upon destroying the world as we know it are the Republicans and the Tea Party types.

The first horsemen called represent Conquest, and we have seen and can confirm that this rider has visited because the rich get richer, and the powerful has conquered the least of thee. The second horseman as depicted in a thirteenth-century Apocalypse manuscript is a fiery red horse whose rider is given the power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other and to him was given a large sword. [Revelations 6:3-4] This horseman may represent civil war, as opposed to the war of conquest that the first horseman is sometimes said to bring.

The third horseman rides a black horse which is generally understood as Famine. The horseman carries a scale, indicating the way that bread would have been weighed during a famine. The indicated price of grain is about ten times normal, with an entire day’s wages buying enough wheat for only one person, or enough of the less nutritious barley for three, so that workers would struggle to feed their families much in the way life is today.

The fourth horseman who is the most ominous has a rider whose named is Death, known as the pale rider. These horsemen are to be given the power to kill by sword, famine, and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Unlike the other three, the fourth horseman is not described as carrying a weapon although illustrations commonly depict his carrying a scythe – like the Grim Reaper. In the verse “they were given power over a fourth of the earth” is generally taken as referring to destruction.

As I wrote this piece, I could not help but compare this story of the end times to what I see in our political environment, particularly from the real obstructionists. The ideology the “right-wing”, supporters of States’ Rights, and the injustice of stand your ground laws enacted by those who call themselves conservatives; people who would love to take us back to days of the Citizens Councils of old. Like the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, their purpose is to bring Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Just A Thought

The preacher in the black community has always been that brother chosen to bring the message of hope to our people. Historically, the slave master would select the good Negro to teach all other slaves “the ways of the cross”. In other words, it was/is that brother who reminds me of my Uncle Thomas, who we call Tom. I am writing this post because I received a message for someone who “preached” to me the literal interpretation of the “Word” as she saw it. Let me be clear; a person has the right to believe in or whatever we want regardless of whether it makes sense or not.

I wrote an article titled “Pimps in the Pulpit” to which this person was upset about; of course she damned me to hell, as they do. I told her, and rightly so, that if the article reflected an image of her preacher – maybe she should choose another church. I chose not to respond, because I know when that fateful day comes, and we transition to the great beyond – we are told Heaven. We will get three surprises: 1) You will be surprised who you see when you get there. 2) Who you don’t see when you get there. And 3), she will be surprised if she gets there yourself.” Reminding her that there is no place with streets paved with gold waiting!!!

Having said that let me speak to the issues in the reader’s message that was a bit hostile in tone. The representation of Jesus that you see in your church is not Jesus! It was painted by Michelangelo in the 1600’s, and the model was his nephew. In addition, there is no way a blonde haired blue eyed European looking person could come from that region of the world. Next, the good book was revised 28 times, and the last time was by the diabolical King James of England, who was a major participant in the slave trade. Further, there was no word “GOD” in any African language before the coming of Europeans.

I will tell you that I found myself very perplexed by the message from the reader. So I wanted to respond in a broad way. This individual has decided that it is OK for her to attack me not knowing which God I worship. So I will tell you. It is the one who healed the sick, had compassion for the poor, and championed the least of thee. Before I continue, I never spoke to any of the issues claimed you opposed as part of that writing.

This characterization is part of a much larger problem that needs to be addressed forthrightly. For example, she ranted about a very selective use of the Bible addressing matters related to women. She mentioned Deuteronomy, specifically Chapter 22. If you are not up on Deuteronomy, it says that if a woman is not a virgin at the time of her marriage – she can be killed. So my question is how selectively does this individual interpret the Bible? I asked if she believed that we should currently implement that section of Deuteronomy. There is nothing new about selective interpretations of the Bible. It is as old as the book itself.

She also mentioned, as a result of the situation in Ferguson Missouri stating that we need Jesus now. It is not that I disagree, but Jesus has been gone for over two-thousand years. Therefore, it is safe to say; he is not coming back to save black people. Frankly, it was the European’s who rewrote the Bible that claimed Black people are the children of Ham and that we are Black because we are cursed; in spite of the fact that the Bible does not say that at all. But they would found a way to connect that with their interpretation of God’s word.

It is very disturbing that people continue to hide behind the Bible in order to justify their own set of prejudices, demons, and false teaching. Again, my understanding was that Jesus was concerned about injustice, the plight of the poor, the sick, the Romans who were oppressing the Hebrews, and the money changers. So, Miss Lady, before you try to out Pope the Pope make sure you understand what you believe and maybe not trust the Pimp in the Pulpit for your teaching. And that is my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Sunday Morning Truth

This is the perfect message for a Sunday morning lesson full of truth from the Master Teach Dr. John Henrik Clarke. Listen and learn!


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