Jesus Taught Virtue Not Religion

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Love Supersedes Law

Unlike the established Temple teachers and Priests Jesus taught the spirit of the Law of Moses rather than the rigid prescriptive Jewish interpretation that was common during the middle Roman era.

Jesus seemed to have deliberately provoked the Jewish lawyers, the Pharisees and the Priestly class. In this regard he can be compared with Socrates the Athenian philosopher who saw himself as a 'gadfly' sent by the gods to irritate people.

Both Socrates and Jesus the Nazarene appear to have been physically harmless, but in both cases the philosophical message they conveyed irritated the community leaders at that time and was the cause of their demise. Both men were executed as a result of social group-think among their peers. Jesus was scorged and crucified in Jerusalem and Socrates died from hemplock poison in Athens. [more]

Jesus Parables

At times when Jesus was indignant about the commercialization of religion he presented his message forcefully and directly to the Jews he wanted to rebuke, but when he was teaching people in public he showed compassion and often used parables to tell a simple stories that listeners would remember.

Using parables as a way of communicating philosophical ideas to unlearned listeners was similar to the method used by Aesop the Greek story teller. Aesop's Fables were short allegorical stories that used animals as the main characters and although the some fables were amusing and could easily be remembered they also had a deeper meaning.

Fables and parables were able to hold listener's interest as the story was told but they also contained a philosophical message that required a little clarification from the teacher to be more fully understood. The Sower Parable is an example.

James.

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