I live and work around many theologians of many faith traditions.
Jonathan McCloud
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Christ really did no healing miracles, rather he pointed out to the afflicted over and over that he did nothing and that it was their faith that healed them. Not taking away from his absolutely miraculous life at all as he did perform miracles, just that the healing events were placed squarely on the believers shoulders by Christ himself. Also Mary wasn’t as much accused of being a prostitute but an adulterer when brought before Christ. I would have to dig again to find the specifics but I recall it was about being married more than once and Jewish law calling that adultery thus constituting a death by stoning for it. I could be wrong on this particular point though, it was many years ago I wrote/taught about this specific subject.

The New Testament that is read today is not the whole of the sum of books available to readers before the first “Kings Bible” was formed leaving us with what remains we read today in the Bible. In fact there never was a “Bible” before a European ruler in an attempt to put the Christian religion in a single form or definition and thus allow control over it, there were many writings and books all over the Judaeo world. Jesus even refers to other writings that do not appear in our current Bible like Enoch and Jasher and others during his ministry that are not in the Gospels or the Bible. The story portrayed follows the collective whole of all these books and not just the Gospels in circulation within the modern church if you read and have knowledge of all these books. That narrative is a whole different picture than the one being ministered today. We even are still discovering more and more writings and archaeological evidence about the historical figures in the Bible.

So is your request more to stick to portrayal of Christ’s life in the Gospels of the Bible? Or the collective of all sources of his life and ministry? The story reads correctly the latter way in my opinion.

I second your suggestion that theologians would take issue with many things in the article, but that has always been their downfall. They read words, observe practices and teachings, and then try to mimic them and memorize them like dance steps. They get so caught up in this attempt that they miss the message entirely. They wind up becoming those in the oceans of other failed “believers” converting to only becoming ensnared in the “religion of being religious” and never change their hearts.

Christ said many who try to believe fall onto the wrong path and that in the end most will never have known him. The worst step a desired believer can make is to listen to others rather than seek and read for themselves. The faith strikes no two people alike so one cannot “lead” another to faith, only to sources of information and examples and then if there is a seed the faith will take root and flourish.

The actual message of the entire Bible in one sentence is “Love all that is in this world as you would love yourself”.

Peace to you and yours and I wish you well!

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