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The Meaning Of Christmas

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I read an interesting article recently that asked, in so many words, if we actually know what we believe, which caused me to think about that as we approach the Holiday Season. Every year since this week was invented people believe every word of the Christmas story and does not worry about the true in what is told.

I’ll say from the onset, regardless of your religious beliefs you’re probably familiar with the Christmas story; whether you’re a devout Christian, doubtful, unsure or an atheist. You know the story of what is said to be “the greatest story ever told,” which we know that a story is usually a tale that was made up. Or do you? This story with its significance and its traditions are sometimes misunderstood.

This day has been turned into a massive commercial holiday. If you count all the Nativity scenes displayed, you would think Christmas is the most important date on the Christian calendar. On the other hand, Easter is the day in which Christians believe Christ rose from the dead, which has more religious significance than does December 25th.

In fact, science would have us believe that the savior was actually born in the spring. Whereas Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection means not just that one man’s conquering death, nor was it simply proof of Jesus’ divinity to his followers; it holds out the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.

The Gospel of Mark, the earliest of the Gospels, written roughly 30 years after Jesus’ crucifixion does not have a word about the Nativity. Instead, it begins with the story of John the Baptist, who announces the impending arrival of the adult Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of John is similarly silent about Jesus’ birth. The two Gospels that do mention what theologians call the “infancy narratives” differ on some significant details.

Matthew seems to describe Mary and Joseph as living in Bethlehem, fleeing to Egypt and then moving to Nazareth. The Gospel of Luke, on the other hand, has the two originally living in Nazareth, traveling to Bethlehem in time for the birth, and then returning home. Both Gospels do, however, place Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. This much they all agree.

Then there is the idea that Jesus was an only child. Catholics, for example, believe Mary’s pregnancy came about miraculously as a “virgin birth.” They also believe that Mary remained a virgin her entire life, although many Protestants do not believe this! For the purposes of this writing, I will not expand on the thinking of the thousands of religious philosophies.

Nonetheless, there are Gospel passages that speak of Jesus’ brothers and sisters that seem to confuse many. For example, in the Gospel of Luke, someone tells Jesus: “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” And in Mark’s Gospel, people from Nazareth exclaim: “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us?” Saint Paul even calls James “the Lord’s brother.” Therefore, I agree with many scholars who maintain that Jesus indeed had brothers and sisters, which might be explained perhaps by an earlier marriage of Joseph. Or not!

Dr. Ben, the noted African historian, points to a story thousands of years before Christ that is very similar that occurred in Upper Africa to Isis, the mother of Horace. This clearly indicates that this person named Jesus was a black man. If this is true, then the greatest story ever told is a recent phenomenon. For sure, the way it’s practiced today is a phenomenon that is not consistent with the true meaning of Christmas. However, worries about diluting Christmas’s meaning go much further back than recent memory.

Gift-giving, for example, was seen as problematic as early as the Middle Ages, when the church frowned on the practice for its supposed pagan origins. The holiday season has become so distorted that our children now think that Jesus was born at Wal-Mart.

This recounting of these few recorded facts is in no way intended to steal your joy or deter your faith. As we all know, faith is, believing to be true that which is unseen. No one really knows the truth of this miraculous event that resulted in a poor peasant boy changing the lives of mankind since his birth two thousand years ago.

The point is this: in the midst of our joy and celebration lest not forget the true meaning of Jesus’ birth that is to love one another and humanity. After all, the purpose of our existence is to continue the species – mankind – which is what Jesus preached!

I am looking forward to the blessings and opportunities that the New Year can bring all of us and wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, full of Abundance, Prosperity and an Extraordinary 2016! Therefore, I send the gift of love and empowerment to all. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Christmas Story

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There are so many fallacies associated with every holiday with none more than Christmas. We know European’s created many myths presented as truth. In fact, what we worship in the form of religion is actually a collection of historical stories stolen from cultures that predated what we know as Christianity. What they have us practicing, worshipping might be a better word, through their religion and churches is little more than brainwashing to fund an economic engine for the benefit of those who drive the machine, and frankly, has very little to do with Jesus or God.

They created a holiday called Thanksgiving and each year after the Thanksgiving spending spree, most people’s thoughts turn to Christmas. It is a thirty-day mass-marketing celebration of a time when most people, you should think would be focused on the birth of Jesus Christ and the day of his birth. After all, it is called “Christ-mas” season!

Christian’s and non-Christian’s alike celebrate this assigned holiday honoring the birth of Christ, which has become the biggest economic period of the year. The origins of Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and a secular celebration that derived from many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way for the rich to get richer. I don’t have to tell you that there is a lot of money in the name of Jesus.

Now, I don’t have to remind you of the traditions associated with the day has nothing to do with the Saviors birth. For example, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, holly wreaths, decorated trees, mistletoe, season’s greetings cards, seasonal music, and “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” However, my personal favorite is this jolly white man called Santa Claus that is associated with this holiday and usually the face of it that brings warm feelings to those who celebrate it.

Almost every child the world over has been conditioned to believe this myth. Two things here, if you are African American, few white men in the history of white men period have given black people “anything,” rather it is this group that black people gave to them, in most cases their hard earned dollars. Second, most do not have a chimney for him to shimmy down with the gifts to put under a pine tree. The sin in this is that you work to earn money, buy the presents, and lie to your children telling them that a jolly white man cared so much about them and gave them the stuff for being good.

Dr. Clement Moore, a professor at Union Seminary, published a poem in 1822 based on the character Santa Claus: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore innovated by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

The Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast almost completed the modern picture of Santa Claus. Before Nast, Saint Nicholas had been pictured as everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Nast also gave Santa a home at the North Pole, his workshop filled with elves, and his list of the good and bad children of the world. All Santa was missing was his red outfit.

In 1931, the Coca-Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom modeled his Santa on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face. The corporation insisted that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca-Cola red And Santa was born; a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, becoming a commercial idol and what we now know as the face of the holiday.

To add some context to the Christmas story; there were no existing eyewitness’ or contemporary accounts of Jesus at the time of his birth. All we have are later descriptions of Jesus’ life events by non-eyewitnesses, most are obviously biased. Little can be gleaned from the few non-Biblical and non-Christian sources, with only Roman scholar Josephus and historian Tacitus having a reasonable claim writing about Jesus about 100 years of his life.

Scholars agree even that although the accounts of the child’s birth are shrouded in controversy, with disagreements over what parts have obviously been changed by Christian scribes. The fact that both of these authors were born after Jesus died says they received their information second or third-hand, and it is odd that centuries past before Christian apologists start referencing them.

I know most believers, who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance designed purely as an economic engine. If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s history and meaning. “We are just having fun and spending your money.” And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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…


Just A Short Question For The Faithful

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Religion: Mental Slavery

3In this country, freedom of religion is a bedrock principle from the day it was founding, or maybe stolen. In a way, this falsehood is much like the words written in many of the other American founding documents. Those documents say, “All men are created equal,” which we know, and history proves to be a lie in the eyes of the system that oppresses people of color.

Those people who hijacked African culture, religious beliefs, and imposed a faith system that a sane person might think is a system of brainwashing or mind control that have lasted for generations. Your only reward was giving to the greedy! For example, many of you today are about to pay homage to a white Jesus in some business establishment called a church.

Needless to say, the zealots of European descent believed this is “manifest destiny” and that God gave them dominion over the earth and all in it. It is at this point; all that followed were converted by the stolen words in a book they wrote or at the barrel of a gun. Let me say; religion was designed and created to keep poor people from killing rich people. In fact, it could be said it is a clever form of mental slavery.

I am neither a preacher nor one with any authority to guide or direct your life. However, I can suggest that you be careful whose words you listen to and who you follow. You might well see yourself paying for or buying a “Jet” or supporting some other “Pimp in the Pulpit.” I think it’s fair to say Black people are the most religious folk on the planet and will out Pope the Pope! They have been doing so since being dragged onto these American shores. Now, just look around and ask yourself – have you been saved yet!

Frankly, who cares what you believe, but you should understand that if a man can control what you are thinking, he never has to worry about what you think. The wickedly diabolical King James ordered and sanctioned the latest version of the New Testament, was honest in that he tells you it’s his version, not God’s version. Yet, to some that part of the “Word” does not register into our understanding. This is not to chastise anyone for believing, but the truth of the matter is that you believe it because you have been conditioned to believe.

I wonder how many people know that the first registered slave ship was called the “Good Ship Jesus”; all while perpetrating the guise that God sanctioned slavery. The good book tells you to turn the other cheek while being brutalized. It also says love thy neighbor, who was the person creating your hell on earth. From the time when the myth of false reality was imposed upon us, they told us that when we die, there is a place in the sky waiting for us with streets paved with gold. Pardon the pun, but it is mind control of biblical proportions.

If you take a minute to think about it, this argument begs many questions. I understand that faith is believing to be true what is unseen, but there comes a time when one must consider that on any Sunday morning from about nine to noon is the most segregated two hours in America. Then realize that there are more than fifteen hundred different religions on the planet and all seek your money – is important to understand that view of your belief system.

My reason for sharing this post is because everybody who believes in anything will try to convert you into believing what they believe. Whenever I am approached by a so-called believer – I begin taking off my rings and watch because it’s going to cost me. So to the faithful believe what you will, and I will do the same.

Practice your faith – don’t preach it. My grandfather told me a long time ago that when you get to heaven, you will receive three surprises; first, you will be surprised who you see when you get there; two you will be surprised who you don’t see. Third and last, you will be surprised if you get there yourself! Take a good look, black people you are already in hell. Lastly, for those who think White Jesus is coming back to save you – he’s not! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Shame On You: The New Black Preacher

(3)Let’s talk preachers, black preachers more specifically; also let’s acknowledge the fact that when the African was brought to America this idea of Christianity was imposed upon these people, and in many cases with the threat of death. This means either by the gun or the noose! Therefore, in order to make this work was through the use of a preacher. So it was the most obedient and passive Negro on the plantation.

They sought out a person; black, to sell this con to the other slaves. See they had to sell it and make the other slaves believe that which they white master that they could abuse and kill their chattel property at will but no worries when you die you will be rewarded by this fictional character the call Jesus. It is also not an accident that this mythical character looks like them, master, who they have convinced everyone to call “Father” or “Master,” which is what they wanted to be called. The slaves and black people to this day love both more than they love themselves.

Today, I would argue that this con is about as crooked as the day is long. I wrote a piece some time ago that I called “Pimps in the Pulpit” where I said it has come to the point that the person who says they have had a calling to do this work are often times sellouts, hustler, con artist and in many cases just crooks. Let’s be clear, in the beginning; the slave master picked a slave to convince the other slaves to be a docile slave. Also, let’s remember that this thing called religion is all about money and a business. I heard an old preacher say that there is a lot of money in the name Jesus Christ! We know that white folk will coop dog dodo, if they can get money.

What I am saying is not a big surprise because such folks like Messy Jesse or Al, as well as most so-call pastor’s, whose mission is more about them than the flock. There was one pastor, Mr. Dollar, who asked his congregation to buy him a new and better lair jet and guess what these fools bought it for him. Most of his parishioners probably gave their last to enrich him with this luxury. My outrage today is more about these people Donald Trump has found and now using to support his bigoted agenda. Yes, the black people remain loyal and give all their money too. In both instances, this is a disgrace!

But what Trump has done has exposed and found the lowest form of sellouts, to which some would call them coons! Frankly, Trump and those black pastors he has chosen should be ashamed! If you think that any of these pastors will save you and help you earn your place in heaven, if there is such a place, you are wrong!

I want you to look at a few so-called of these so-called pastors like this guy named Scott, Amarosa, Burns, and others. Also this weekend, Trump spoke at a black church to a group of about fifty or so black people that amounted to little more than a shameful infomercial. More shameful was they held out Ben Carson as if he is black, that is far for the case. We can go back to the early days of white folk picking black preacher and those Uncle Tom’s those people are looking like saints compared to these disgraceful black preachers that we see today. Shame on you all for having no soul. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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