Chapter 56 - Jesus Was a Rebel

Jesus was a rebel. He made a stand against the increasing financial oppression of his times. At that time, the population was filled with resentment for their Roman occupiers and for the priestly class that collaborated with the occupiers. The action taken by Jesus in tipping the tables of the money changers in the temple was a massive symbolic gesture to demonstrate to the oppressors that the activities of the money changers were wrong and unacceptable. This made Jesus and his followers a major threat to the power and influence of the 1% and a direct threat to their ill-gotten wealth. What appears to have happened at that time is as follows:

The citizens were required to pay their annual temple taxes in a specific coin with a specific stamping. Taxes were paid to the temple for temple upkeep. The current temple rulers declared that the only coin acceptable was the silver half shekel. This was a ruling by the local church leaders and not a rule that came from Moses. Money changers would exchange coins from other localities for the half silver shekel. The half silver shekel was not plentiful and the money changers had monopolized the market on these coins, enabling them to raise the price to unaffordable levels. By this means they made exorbitant profits. The monopolisers had manipulated the supply which affected the exchange rate for other coins. Similar manipulations have occurred through history, particularly with gold money. When you hear somebody asking to go back to gold standard, be very wary, they probably have a stack of gold and will manipulate its supply. The stand Jesus took against the money changers was very much a stand against usury and the monopolization and manipulation of the supply of money. The money changers and those that benefited from the money changing activities needed to get rid of this man. Through history the methods employed against those that threaten a financial system include quiet assassination, quiet poisoning, public assassination, humiliation through the media or the use of the state apparatus. State apparatus can be set up to suit the wishes of those with power and control. The police controlled the Occupy Movement whilst the banks were given assistance to continue their money manipulation and debt system. The Christian teachings tell us that the moneyed elite manipulated the authorities to crucify Jesus. Historical documents from the Muslim faith tells the story slightly differently saying that they nailed the wrong person to the cross. Jesus did not achieve his aim in his lifetime. The Occupy movement and Jesus have a lot of similarities. The large-scale implementation of the intentions of Jesus did not occur until around three centuries later when Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. Many of the sections of the New Testament were written long after the passing of Jesus, so it is difficult to work out how much of New Testament was written to enable the control of people by the state authorities and the church hierarchy. Although the intentions of Jesus were good, many of the actions of the Christian church were not so good. Jesus had a simple message which I put in these words: "Be good to other people". Although I am a Christian, to my mind, the Christians are far too gullible. Christians have been told that Jesus died to save out souls. I believe this is completely wrong. He died to stop the oppression by usury and monetary manipulation. He was a monetary reformer amongst other things.

The Quran is also worthy of study and is an excellent document. Even the Koran was written after the death of Muhammad and there may have been some manipulation of the wording to suit the warlords in the years after Muhammad. If you are not a Muslim, please do a websearch for 'quotes quoran'' websearch for 'quotes Quran' or similar. Then another web search for 'quoran usury' websearch for 'Quran usury' or 'Quran riba'. This book is worth a read.

Let us consider the origins of religion when humans were first setting up civilization. To enable us to live in groups of humans rather than as wandering hunter-gatherers, we needed rules. Those that made the rules wrapped them up with spiritual procedures. To get people to follow the rules, a religion may promise heaven for those that comply and hell for those that do not comply. So religions tend to encourage what we now call good behavior and discourage inappropriate behavior. The religious people were the rule makers of the time and they were an important part of the creation of civilization. All people of a region need to follow similar rules. People from different religions in the same region will be operating from different rulebooks. Frictions will arise between these two groups because of the difference in the rules under which they operate. If a nation has only one religion then there should be little friction due to minor differences in rules and customs. So religious rules would tend to say you must follow this religion and not another religion.

There is another interesting observation about the modern world. The world has been divided up into nation states by drawing arbitrary lines on maps. The nation-state only uses the negative component. If you do 'this' you will dealt with by the police and then the judiciary system and then the prison system. The nation-state does not provide a guide to good behavior. The nation-state only prescribes punishments for wrongdoing. It does not provide for people to use their conscience to follow rules, so there is a never-ending list of trying to avoid apprehension. So in a nation-state, there is a place for religions so that good guidance can be passed from generation to generation. Tensions arise in the nation-state where that good guidance comes from different religions. I am happy when passing through Muslim nations. I follow Muslim customs and am forgiven minor errors, provided that I am respectful. I find the people of Muslim nations to be generous and hospitable people. Problems tend to occur when you mix religions. Gadhafi said that it is better to have only one religion in a nation. He has a point.

The religions gave the rules for operation in society and so they gave the rules for the use of money. There is much economic wisdom in religious texts. Development of money was one of the features that enabled civilization. Without money, we cannot run a civilization. The power structure in a civilization tends to favour those with money and influence. It is possible that a religion is more likely to run a money system for the benefit of the people.

Many religious prophets were money reformers or advocates of the reduction of the financial abuse of money. The Occupy group was pushing money reform and reduction of the financial abuse of money. Mohammed was a money reformer. Moses was a money reformer. Sometimes churches set up to follow these prophets stray from the documented ideals. Be wary that those with the reins of power will distort the interpretation of the religious texts. The religious texts were guide books with a formula to run society.

Just as a nation-state has procedures to enable it to protect itself from predators states, a religion has the same procedures. If another people are deemed to be an enemy by the hierarchy then it is deemed permissible to annihilate the other group. In modern days, we have television propaganda telling us who are the freedom fighters and who are the terrorists. Hopefully, some people will read the words of the deemed enemy to work out the truth. Religions had the same procedure in the old testament that allowed the annihilation of those deemed to be the enemy. One of the weapons was the use of usury. Usury put enemy persons in a position of financial subjugation. This was successfully used against the Canaanites.

The fact that the first testament advocates the use of usury to subjugate another nation demonstrates that they clearly understood the power of usury. The Western world seems to accept usury as standard practice without realizing the devastating effects that the unpayable debt will create. The history books do not record the influence that usury played in the revolutions in Europe and the wars of Europe and the role that usury played in the creation of empire. The Muslim religion still follows the rules as clearly laid out in the Quran, but its implementation struggles against the usury in the Western world.

Jesus Drives the Money Changers From the Temple

Jesus Christ and his disciples journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Passover. They found the sacred city of God overflowing with thousands of pilgrims from all parts of the world.

Entering the Temple, Jesus saw the money changers, along with merchants who were selling animals for sacrifice. Pilgrims carried coins from their hometowns, most bearing the images of Roman emperors or Greek gods, which Temple authorities considered idolatrous.

The high priest ordered that only Tyrian shekels would be accepted for the annual half-shekel Temple tax because they contained a higher percentage of silver, so the money changers exchanged unacceptable coins for these shekels. They extracted a profit which was often excessive.

Jesus was so filled with anger at the desecration of the holy place that he took some cords and wove them into a small whip. He ran about, knocking over the tables of the money changers, spilling coins on the ground. He drove the exchangers out of the area, along with the men selling pigeons and cattle. He also prevented people from using the court as a shortcut.

As he cleansed the Temple of greed and profit, Jesus quoted from Isaiah "My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers."

The common people were impressed by Jesus' teaching, but the chief priests and scribes feared him because of his popularity. They began to plot a way to destroy Jesus.

http://christianity.about.com/od/New-Testament/a/JZ-Money-Changers.htm

Blog Rants About Jesus

The society, long before the time of Jesus, had divided into three sects, the Sadducees, the Pharisees, and the Essenes. [561][562]

Of the various factions that emerged under Hasmonean rule, three are of particular interest: the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. [562]

Jesus is recorded to have frequently rebuked and denounced both the Sadducees and Pharisees, ... Yet we are informed by both Philo and Josephus that at the period in which John the Baptist and Jesus were born the Essenes were scattered over Palestine, and that they numbered about four thousand souls. [561]

The Pharisees

The most important of the three were the Pharisees because they are the spiritual fathers of modern Judaism. Their main distinguishing characteristic was a belief in an Oral Law that God gave to Moses at Sinai along with the Torah. The Torah, or Written Law, was akin to the U.S. Constitution in the sense that it set down a series of laws that were open to interpretation. The Pharisees believed that God also gave Moses the knowledge of what these laws meant and how they should be applied. This oral tradition was codified and written down roughly three centuries later in what is known as the Talmud. [562]

The Pharisees also maintained that an after-life existed and that God punished the wicked and rewarded the righteous in the world to come. They also believed in a messiah who would herald an era of world peace. [562]

They opposed Jesus and His teachings. They plotted His death (Matt 12:14). [565]

Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus. (Matt 12:14). [New Living Translation]

The Sadducees

The Sadducees disappeared around 70 A.D., after the destruction of the Second Temple. None of the writings of the Sadducees has survived, so the little we know about them comes from their Pharisaic opponents. [562]

The Sadducees were a relatively small group, but they generally held the high priesthood. They denounced John the Baptist (Matt 3:7-8) and Jesus (Matt 16:6,11,12). They actively opposed Christ (Matt 21:12ff; Mark 11:15ff; Luke 19:47)" [565]

The Essenes

A third faction, the Essenes, emerged out of disgust with the other two. This sect believed the others had corrupted the city and the Temple. They moved out of Jerusalem and lived a monastic life in the desert, adopting strict dietary laws and a commitment to celibacy. [562]

The Essenes are particularly interesting to scholars because they are believed to be an offshoot of the group that lived in Qumran, near the Dead Sea. In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled into a cave containing various ancient artifacts and jars containing manuscripts describing the beliefs of the sect and events of the time. [562]

... the Essene Nazarenes expected a Messiah of Peace, a spiritual King. And so it was that the Messiah of Peace, the spiritual King of Israel, came to earth through the Essenes; for it was the Essene scriptures and prophecies that proved true. [563]

Jesus

Historical evidence indicates that Jesus was well acquainted with Buddhism.... although not identifying himself as a Buddhist ..., Jesus spoke like a Buddhist ... During Jesus' time, Judea was a Roman dominion and most of the trade was Roman. Being the wealthiest empire of the time, Rome sent tons of gold-minted sesterces eastward for goods from India and other places. Most of this trade came over the Mediterranean and through Judea, making Jerusalem a cosmopolitan shipping center. Because of trade alone, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism were well known to the people in Judea. News from other lands was naturally of great interest. Most traders provided detailed accounts of the events of cities and states along their routes, often in the form of eloquent verse. Easterners in Judea were as anxious to hear news as were Jews in Persia or western India. [566]

In the controversial book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings, New Testament scholar Marcus J. Borg claimed that both religious founders espoused a "world-subverting wisdom that undermined and challenged conventional ways of seeing and being in their time and in every time. [567]

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus contradicts the Torah and states that its commandments are no longer applicable. For example, John 9:14 records that Jesus made a paste in violation of Shabbat, which caused the Pharisees to say (verse 16), 'He does not observe Shabbat!' [568]

In first century Palestine there was no separation between church and state. The priests at the temple in Jerusalem not only officiated over the religious life of the Jews, they were also rulers and judges. [564]

Herod was a Pawn of Rome

Herod, who was himself a pawn of Rome, had his own pawns installed in the Jewish priesthood. By the first century the election of the High Priest was more political than religious. The Romans wanted the priesthood to support their occupation, and the Herods made sure their desire was carried out. However, it would be unfair to categorize all of the priesthood as sympathetic to Rome. Some did support rebellion against Rome, but those at the highest levels were undoubtedly in Rome's back pocket. [564]

Jesus was probably a very good prophet and not a god, as the church portray him.

 Churchianity teaches the opposite of what Jesus taught. Thus, deceived Christians have been the greatest thieves of land worldwide. Jesus returns stolen land through the COMMANDMENT of Jubilee Sabbaths.


[561] http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/jae/jae03.htm

[562] Ancient Jewish History: Pharisees, Sadducees & Essenes http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/sadducees_pharisees_essenes.html

[563] www.essene.org/Yahowshua_or_Paul.htm

[564] www.thorncrownjournal.com/timeofchrist/religiousleaders.html

[565] "The Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes: Examination of Their Distinctive Doctrines" www.thenazareneway.com/pharisees_sadducees_and_essenes.htm

[566] www.thezensite.com/non_Zen/Was_Jesus_Buddhist.html

[567] http://buddha-christ.info/similarities.html

[568] www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html