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Are You Jesus?

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional

sales convention in Chicago .

They had assured their wives that they would be home in

plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their

rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples.

Apples flew everywhere.

Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding.

ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath , got in touch

with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the

girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved

good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they

arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight.

Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did.

The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly

crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the

apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this,he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to

the girl, 'Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are

you okay?' She nodded through her tears, He continued on with, 'I

hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.'

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind

girl called out to him, 'Mister, ' He paused and turned to

look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'Are you Jesus?'

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he

made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?' Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He

would.

Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going

to church.

Do what will make your name to be written in that BOOK, cos

your daily activity are already recorded in the books (Rev 20:12), but what matter most is your name to be in that BOOK!!!. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been

bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Please share this, {IF you feel led to do so}.

Sometimes we just take things for granted, we do what is

not right cos we believe man didn't know but do you know that God sees everything and recorded them in the books (Rev 20:12).

Excuse me, Are you Jesus?

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@kunle

Bastage seems to always be ahead of me, what I meant obviously was independent verification, only you are now telling me of the controversies that surrounding these books.

There was a popular writer named philo during Jesus christ time, he never Wrote anything about him.

I ask you again are you even aware of the synoptic problem?

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The universal church (catholic) started by Constantine was formed by the "opinions" of Eusebius and there is no record of any reference to standards of historical research or textual criticism. He did not form his idea of what was accepted by using the books that existed as the foundation for that acceptance, but first created the religious beliefs and accepted only the books that matched those beliefs. Eusebius stated that the only standard he used in deciding which texts to call[b] "recognized" is to accept only books that were recognized by orthodox authors he knew[/b]. Merriam-Webster defines "orthodox" as: "conforming to established doctrine especially in religion". Eusebius determined the doctrine of the religion and therefore became the sole judge of what was "orthodox".

The result of Eusebius' final judgment of biblical canon, the books of the New Testament to be included in that original Bible, was the division of all known and accepted books into three categories:

Recognized - Those books accepted by others that mirrored his specific beliefs

Those books generally make up the modern New Testament.

Recognized but Disputed - Those books accepted by most others that held his beliefs but disputed by some that also followed his concept of orthodox beliefs.

Those books included the Acts of Paul, the Book of the Shepherd of Hermas, the Apocalypse of Peter, the Epistle of Barnabas, the Teachings of the Apostles, and the Gospel of the Hebrews.

Heretical - Those universally regarded as heretical by those adhering to his idea of orthodoxy.

Those books included, but were not restricted to, the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Matthias, as well as other gospel accounts not specified, and the Acts of Andrew and the Acts of John.

So, if Eusebius accepted the authority that recognized the book as orthodox, the book was accepted. If Eusebius did not consider the authority that recognized the book as orthodox the book was rejected. It should be noted that the sole reason Eusebius uses to reject all but the four gospels now found in the New Testament was that he considered them to be a "holy quaternion" of books that could not be changed. Later in church history, the divine nature of this specific group of four books being the only possible gospels to be used was justified because there were only four directions, and four pillars of the Earth, to name a few. Hardly a proper reason to exclude all other gospels without consideration.

We know, which New Testament books he accepted because those books are in the King James Bible. It should be noted that James, Jude, 2 Peter, 2 John, and 3 John were considered "Recognized but Disputed" books but were included in the original King James Bible. The Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas are in Eusebius' original Bible known as the Codex Sinaiticus. This leaves nine New Testament books that were used and accepted prior to this change, but excluded solely on the original judgment of one man, Eusebius and two books on his "disputed" list that were eventually purged. Those few books we actually know were purged, at this time, are:

The Acts of Andrew

The Acts of John

The Acts of Paul,

The Apocalypse of Peter

The Epistle of Barnabas

The Gospel of Hebrews

The Gospel of Matthias

The Gospel of Peter

The Gospel of Thomas

The Shepherd of Hermas

The Teachings of the Apostles

(There are several other "Gospels" rejected but not specifically named by Eusebius)

Clearly there were several books in circulation that testified about the life ofchrist many of them just never madeit into the bible though some of those books are still in the archives of the vatican up till today.

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Lol Bastage, na wah for you ohhhh. . . . . i thought that jesus is the same yaweh, jehova, eliom all the gods/god of the old testament? or is he different from the god of the old testament? lol

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This has to be one of the biggest jokes that there is - a universal god prophesising for a tribal god.

Only the Muslims could be so illogical.

Allah is no different from Yaweh. The former came out of the latter and the latter evolved out of the Egyptian god Set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Set_(god)

The fact that the Christian Christ is the "arch-enemy" of Set and therefore the arch-enemy of Allah and Yaweh, always seems to slip the literalists minds of all 3 religions.

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Jesus is a prophet of Allah. . . . .lol

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Kunle, I gave you more credit than this. There is no other record aside from the one bastage pointed out, there is absolutely no record of a Jesus christ aside from the four gospels whose authors are unknown till today. Matthew mark luke and john were not the people who really wrote those books, I suppose you have heard of the synoptic problem, and the document Q. The gospels were copied from mark and another source and the original mark does not even contain that Jesus resurrected so what are you talking about?

By the way there is no existing roman record of Pontious pilate writing anything to rome about jesus that is absolutely bull, the only evidence that pilate even existed at all was a stone that was discovered in the early 20th century.

What say you?

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That simply isn't true.

There's only one independent mention of Jesus and that's now believed to be a hoax added onto a bit of work by the Roman historian Josephus.

Other than that, outside of scripture, there is absolutely nothing.

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Does it really matter? Seriously?

If he were a real, historical person would that make you look upon Him differently?

Kunle just about hit the nail on the head. Jesus is Love. It doesn't matter one bit if he existed physically or not. I believe the idea is what is important - not the man. The idea is Love. Jesus is Love therefore God is Love. What can be more important than that?

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Kunle, I get your point but I want to be clear on something, do we really know who jesus was?

These books that tell us of him have so many holes in them and there are many logical explanations to show that if this character existed there is no authentic proof of whether he even said them.

I suppose you are familiar with the cloud of uncertainty surrounding the gospels?

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@KunleOshob

Although I  agree with your post, let's not kid ourselves here. One has to understand how hard it is to truly love in the context that you've given.

True love is totally selfless. That means you love without consideration of wether or not you're being loved back. You love purely for Love's sake. And that's a very difficult thing to do. In fact, the only time I can really think of such a thing coming into play is in the way that a parent loves a child.

Is it any wonder that the Catholic Church - a church which bans marriage and the fathering of children for members of it's priesthood, is so very out of touch then? It's not hypocrisy. It's just a plain healthy dose of ignorance.

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Kunle, how do the real facts affect who Jesus is, you have done extensive study, in your opinion who is Jesus.

Is it the lifestyle the christians painted or is it the real Jesus?

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@KunleOshob: #2 on: Today at 05:01:56 PM »

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challenging post kunle.Good to see it coming from you.More of that.

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The coming messiah to the jews

The son of god/god himself to the christains

The prophet of Allah to the moslems

so its up to you to choose which ever you want to believe

my line. . . "Religion is poison because it asks us to give up our most precious faculty, which is that of reason, and to believe things without evidence. It then asks us to respect this, which it calls faith."

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Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going

to church.

you are blessed Kunle, i had to pause and pray after reading this line. Indeed quoting scripture is not enough . . . Lord help us to truly KNOW you instead of KNOWING ABOUT you.

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@Olabowale

your response is noted. but why can't you help starting debates aout who Jesus is? Why are you so obessed with him yet you don't believe his Gospel? Well this post was made to allow people who profess the christian faith reflect on their lives and examine if they are living a christ like life, the facts of the story don't really matter, it is the moral of the story that is important. As for the angle of your response all i can say is that it is pathetic

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This is a fun read: a completely blind girl manning a fruit stand in Chicago: O'Hare Airport!

No security personnels and people to shame those Sales persons, who are probably fathers

themselves, to stop and do the right thing with this "blind poor girl," whom I am sure was grieved.

They were so late in today's post-911 world that they did not care, but with a single mind to catch the

flight so that they can make dinner with their "wives," except the one who was dubbed "Jesus," cared.

Good read with some subtle moral message. Thats about it. The rest of it is falacy, because Chicagoans, rather

American Salesmen are not like that. At least not in the public, with a blind girl at a fruit stand, in O'Hare Chicago Airport.

Are you Jesus is a catchy phrase. Its impossible for any human being, living today to be Jesus. He was a Messenger, a Prophet, an elect of God. Thre were many like that before him. And there was only one after him. None after that. We can hope to have from his and others in this noble club's quality. We can never be exactly like anyone of them there were about 124,000 prophets and Messengers/prophets, in history. None of them is alive anymore. Are you Jesus? The answer is no. No one can be Jesus, or Muhammad, or Musa, or Ibrahim or Nuh (AS). We can only hope to emulate their qualities.

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