You’re welcome, Frank, although I’m not sure for what, given that you don’t find any value in anything I’ve said and that it is all subjective, according to you.
Further, you almost certainly won’t thank me for pointing out that you are demonstrably wrong on at least two points.
First, we both live on planet earth and second, each of us speaks English.
However, the even greater divergence from what I consider to be rational discourse—as opposed to your lecturing to me like a teacher talking down to a bizarre kid in his class—is that I think you would do well to take your own advice and resist the temptation to think that you have all the answers, particularly regarding the essential nature of a person 2,000 years gone and about whom you’ve apparently only ever read stories.
I understand you believe the NT but if so, you also admit that it is, by its own admission, incomplete as well as being, of an absolute necessity, an abridged version of “The Truth”.
(No one could or would write a book that starts “At six o’clock, I woke up. At 6:00.07, I rubbed sleepers from my eyes. At 6:00.27, I threw back the covers. At 6:01…etc., much less expect anyone to read that book.)
Further, none of authors of the four versions accepted into the biblical canon, nor any of the dozens of other “gospels”–whoever may have produced any of them—ever tried to, or could prove that they were publishing their “good news” with the imprimatur of Jesus.
(The notion that Paul nee Saul was a “Christian”, by any definition other than the one he had come up with personally, I reject as he—like EGW—only ever met Jesus in his dreams or perhaps in some sort of seizure.)
Also, while I will not do the exegesis for you by reciting chapter and verse, the record we have states that Jesus had secret lessons he taught only to certain disciples, that he repeatedly chided those closest to him for “not getting it”, that he had other sheep in other flocks, that he told his listeners—quoting Psalms–“Ye are gods”, that he believed his followers would achieve things which would make his accomplishments seem childish by comparison, that he wanted his message disseminated orally and person to person as opposed to the opposite of that which is putting it in writing and attempting to do so, en masse, etc.
I even suspect—based on the fact that none of the disciples to whom the four gospels are attributed, except perhaps for the book of John, actually wrote the books with their names attached to them—that Jesus implored his disciples to follow his example of not writing anything at all, as he knew the pitfalls associated with doing so and that few, if any of the 12, violated this dictum. But—not surprisingly—I can’t find any mention of that admonition in the bible, either!
Most important to keep in mind—at least from my perspective—is the fact that words are not and cannot be the things they attempt to describe, and thus language can only ever convey relative truth.
If you go looking for a text saying “Jesus was a mystic.” you won’t find it.
Which might be significant, in some existential way I suppose.
But which may merely result from the fact that this word was not in common usage during either Jesus’ or King James’ day.
And even beyond that, there are lots of other things the NT doesn’t tell us about Jesus. For example, we do not know if Jesus experienced what most human consider “normal bodily functions”.
I assume he did, but I do so speculatively and with no proof.
While you, along with every other NT-believing Christian, are free to believe that Jesus never, ever blew his nose, based on nothing other than that the NT doesn’t specifically mention those times when he did.
Having said all of that, however, I agree that to pursue the conversation further without your acknowledgment of at least the possibility of an interpretation and/or understanding of scripture other than the one which you prefer (and which you cannot objectively and conclusively show is the view which aligns completely and correctly with that of Jesus himself) would be tantamount to having an “I’m OK, You’re a Fool”-type conversation, which both Solomon and Mark Twain have heartedly advised against.
Again, you are most welcome,