Wednesday, April 6, 2016
While refraining from aligning The Christ in any category, categorizing would simply seem to defile not only the origin of Jesus, but his divine role, as well as his historical mission. While maintaining this isolative stature with Jesus Christ, I at the same time cannot avoid comparison with the Prophet Muhammad saws. This is especially true in the years since the death of both. The veneration of Christ, which ultimately turned to worship as well as the respect for the Prophet Muhammad, which in some way has turned to perhaps a higher version of veneration, yet not being able, by Muslims to be considered worship, worship being reserved for the One God. This being said, Gnosticism, at least contextually here can apply to any of the three monotheistic religions in its veneration of the Batin, or inner knowledge of Christ, Muhammad or for that matter God.
As argued or described in The Politics of Jesus: The Disciple of Christ and the Way of Jesus, that we often find “ourselves” willing to raise self to the level of The Lord, Jesus yet stay just shy of maintaining God-like status. For instance, though a disciple of Christ, Paul is often referred to as an Apostle, a status reserved for the twelve selected by Jesus. In this respect, Paul has been seen by many as kidnapping or hijacking the New Testament. Though I do not believe this was his intent.
Human beings indeed, specifically some Christian sects believe that they are indeed made in the image and likeness of God. In 1John 1:5-7 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, then we share together a common life…
We find in Luke 6:32-36 that, if you love only those who love you, what credit is that to you…. But you must love our enemies, and do good and lend without expecting return: you will be children of the Most High for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.
Similarly, in Matthew 543-48 to Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors; only so can you be children of your heavenly Father, who makes the sun rise on good and bad alike and sends the rain on the honest and dishonest. You must therefore be all goodness, just as your heavenly Father is all good.
Though perhaps semantically, there is a difference between John and Luke/Matthew portraying humans that can achieve a demi god or God like status in zahir, or outside behavior. The Gnostics at this point may have had a better insight to the allegorical, or perhaps mystical vision of God’s spiritual relationship with not only Jesus, but the other prophets as well.
Realistically, God like status or walking in the light as God is the light is a goal that cannot be reached, no matter what sect, preacher, imam or priest tells you. We are, who we are. Perfectly imperfect and incapable of being God. I dare say that this would pertain as well to Jesus in the flesh.
While researching it has become increasingly apparent to me that there is a Sunnah of Esa, or Jesus.
There is a Sunnah/Sunnat of every prophet. Allah Subhana wa ta’ala as well, has the original Sunnah. These simply meaning a tradition of practice, a way of life we can expect from. Jesus however, was or is the most unpredictable. Perhaps he being the only one knowing what was expected of him up to and including his death. That is where the traditions of Christ changed between the orthodox and the gnostic. Needing to present the Jesus that I/we want, versus the Jesus that was, versus the Jesus that will be is beyond the ability of most, if not all. At this point the traditions need to follow the concept of the author, as opposed to God. Truly, the information gleaned from the gnostic gospels, the recovered scripture and the known scripture (Holy Bible) should be enough to truly resolve the mystery, yet is it want to be solved.