An Alabama fellow responded to yesterday's What happened to Jesus in the Gospels? post at this blog:
MichaelHave you been “off the grid” for a few days?Sloan BashinskyNo, on the grid daily for a good while, as my Facebook timelines and pages and my blog and other people's Facebook timelines attest.MichaelI think FB algorithm’s sometimes make people disappear......The extended car warranty people still know how to find me!Sloan BashinskyFB puts me in its jail every now and then, the last time, some days ago, I appealed and FB came back with it was wrong and freed my account. Not much time passed in jail. It took Apple several days to figure out FB had reversed itself, and I was not able to use FB with my iPhone during that time: could view but not write.MichaelSloan Bashinsky I’ve never been in FB jail. How’s the food?Sloan BashinskyMetaphorically, the food reminds me of young children trying to make the world look like they want it to look like and nobody else's views matter.Jesus dealt with that a lot in the Gospels.MichaelThe apostles were mortal men, after all......Sloan BashinskySo was Jesus a mortal man, and it wasn't just the disciples, they were hardly apostles yet, who behaved like young children trying to make the world look like they wanted it to look like. Jesus stuck out because he was being directed by something a bit larger than himself, and he knew it. Very simply, his approach was not his but God's will be done. He was not thrilled about going to the cross, as Gethsemane revealed.MichaelI agree, and yet he accepted and even embraced his fate for he trusted in God.Sloan BashinskyJesus wasn't/isn't (he's still around) about theology, he was about live experience with heaven and earth interface. He berated the disciples for not waking up, for having to repeat himself. He planted seeds in them, which germinated when the Holy Spirit took them over at Pentecost and grew them from children into adults God could use, same later happened to Saul of Tarsus, and it was not easy for any of them, nor for any like them who were no longer in charge. The rest of Christendom depends on the Bible for direction, and the New Testament is a good road map, but being captured and adjusted and directed is very different.