Eashoa knew that my work as a translator would not reach millions, but I don't let that frustrate me. Millions of people have testified regarding Eashoa but there are billions who don't believe. He knew that would be the case.
He came into the world as a child, was born in humble surroundings -- Judea was a vassal state of the Roman Empire two thousand years ago -- grew up with hardly anyone noticing him as a young man -- a carpenter's son. He appeared in the annals of history at the age of thirty, suddenly to emerge as a rabbi with twelve disciples that toured Galilee. Very little notice would be taken of him in those days; but Eashoa knew that would be the case also.
Why did Eashoa choose to introduce the faith in his name in such a way?
Today, we look back on the history of the world and marvel at man's achievements in understanding the world around us and the incredible amount of knowledge that seems to be gushing out everyday.
There are billions of light years and the formation of the universe that we can observe through telescopes, the human animal's emergence from single celled animals, and the knowledge of scientists working with electron microscopes that trace the elements of our earth to the minutest particles. We celebrate the works of Galileo, Darwin and Einstein, the exploration of space, and the understanding of energy. Knowledge leads to wealth, medicine, and the enjoyment of life in general.
Yet, we keep seeking more and there is never enough of anything to go around. What's all that about? Why can't we ever be satisfied?
However, there must be boundaries to how much a person can acquire, there are new diseases that emerge that must be cured, and pleasure can't be indefinite; there must be a balance before everything flames off. Why must there be a balance? Well, call it what you may, but there is a limit to everything, otherwise nothing would make sense.
That limiting factor is what religion is about, what science attempts to define, and ultimately what philosophy must deal with. It began with religion. The Hebrew prophets admonished the kings in their day, doctors throughout history have treated disease, and philosophers have tried to make sense of it all.
Yet, lemmings keep diving off the cliff, animals are mistreated, and even human beings are treated atrociously. We keep lamenting all that, we seek answers beyond our capabilities, and the end result is that we must all get old and pass on the baton of worldly concerns to new generations. History keeps tabs, scientists pursue whatever is new, and the politicians feather their beds for a season; but they all come to the same end -- the rich and the famous, the talented and the brilliant, and, in short, the winners and the losers -- everybody dies.
Eashoa knew all this and some more -- a lot more, more than can ever be fathomed. Eashoa kept it simple. He chose twelve men to begin to answer some of the questions that have hounded humanity for thousands of years.
First of all, let's get past this point: why didn't Eashoa choose six men and six women -- to keep things fair? Well, the times were tough; women would have to endure untold hardships -- hardships is the lot of men; women weren't born to endure hardships -- they do of course, but not such hardships that would lead to being raped, killed or treated atrociously for the sake of preaching a faith in something invisible. It's not in the nature of women to do such -- and that's a good thing -- otherwise humanity would come to a screeching halt. Ok, let's leave it at that for now.
Eashoa chose twelve men to spread the knowledge of what the world is about and how to deal with life and death issues. He came at a specific time in history to perform all that the mission entailed. He had to explain the problems of living in a world that will never be perfect. He had to teach how a human being can endure the hardships of life and achieve some measure of happiness. He had to demonstrate the power that a human being can have in dealing with suffering and death. What Eashoa did was miraculous. He taught his disciples everything there was to know about the world. He then showed his disciples how it is to die and be resurrected. He did everything in three and a half years.
It is very difficult to teach all this in a short time. Eashoa had to work with the model of what the Law and the Prophets had recorded, the Holy Scriptures. These writings may not seem to be all that profound to scientific minds; but they were what Eashoa chose as the foundation of knowledge. He amplified them by showing how everything would be fulfilled. He then fulfilled them.
Einstein showed how light bends when it passes the gravitational force of a planet as it passes by. So even light had weight or had particles that were subject to magnetic forces. Scientists have uncovered dark matter and black holes that absorb entire universes and spit them out across billions of light years. Medical researchers have found ways to deal with disease by the study and manipulation of genes. There's almost nothing that the human mind cannot study, but what's the use? What man seeks is utter freedom, endless happiness and zero pain. In other words, everything.
Eashoa knew that even everything would not be enough -- because there is death. Why is there death? Because whatever is born must die. Why? Because if you gamble and keep on winning, you will keep on gambling; you will never stop. There must be an end to everything, otherwise winning will lose its flavor. Eashoa said, "When salt loses its flavor, what do you salt it with?"
Eashoa knew. He fulfilled the Scriptures and sent out his disciples into the world to preach about a spiritual kingdom -- life everlasting, outside the realm of the visible world; to teach about the Scriptures and how they were fulfilled through his life and mission; and ultimately to give us peace in understanding how the universe works, how to live and never lose heart.
Eashoa knew that his teachings would be misinterpreted by many, but that they would be accessible to those who didn't use them for self aggrandizement and personal profit. All I can do is to translate the Scriptures as I find them. I can't reconcile all the doubters to one set of beliefs. I can only do my best as a translator. I'm satisfied with that.
Eashoa knew everything. His birth, teachings, death and resurrection were the only proof humanity needed to find meaning in life. He picked a narrow sliver in the timeline of the universe in which to place the historical mission that would make sense of all the history and philosophy of the world. He knew that there were great kings and empires such as those of the Pharaohs, the Babylonians, the Ashurai, the Greeks and the Romans. He knew many others would come and go. He knew of the great philosophers and scientists of all the ages before and the ages that would come. You may not believe it, because you might be thinking how could Eashoa have known everything?
Eashoa knew everything because the best of the scientists have to offer is, "We don't know." Man does not understand what gave him birth, what happiness is, why there is pain, and why he must die. (I refer to man not as a Chauvinist, because women know more -- they know about birth anyway, and a few other things I don't wish to go into now.) Eashoa is the only one who has explained this aspect of human consciousness: a seed is nothing more than the genetic basis of what the plant needs to grow out of. So is the human being nothing more than the forty six chromosomes that make up his or her genesis. The seed and the fetus are the basis of life as we know it. Where did this knowledge come from?
The universe is made up of dark and light elements, negative and positive forces, and the whole observable world for us is an endless mystery that most of us don't even care to grapple with; we are so concerned with our own little world, and Eashoa knew that. Ultimately the human being isn't interested in a scientific explanation, but an opportunity to seek some measure of happiness within the confines of the human culture where he or she lives.
Eashoa knew that. He came to the world two thousand years ago and answered all the questions humanity would ever ask. The questions and the answers are here in the Ancient Aramaic Scriptures. I want you to learn to say "Eashoa". You say, "Jesus." It's Eashoa -- not Ye-shoo-wa -- Ee-sho. I transliterate it Eashoa. It's not asking too much, and maybe it's not all that important, since we all know who we're talking about. Do we not?
With blessings of the season. Let's celebrate the birth of Eashoa Msheekha. The exact time doesn't matter -- whether it was Summer or Spring, Winter or Fall. It's important that he was born and that he would usher in a spiritual kingdom -- not a kingdom of this world with its corrupting powers. He was a beautiful child with all the promises of all children, to grow up and be happy. He was more than that, of course, because he would fulfill a life-saving promise of the Scriptures, the promise of resurrection after death, a promise that we all yearn for its fulfillment in our own lives. So we celebrate that. We celebrate the birth of Eashoa.
Dec. 2, 2013
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