Jesus Taught Virtue Not Religion

Jesus vs Jewish Establishment


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Mosaic Law

About 2,000 years ago in old Palestine a man named Essa, now commonly known as Jesus, used freedom of expression to spread a message that irritated members of a Pharisee sect and the Jewish Temple priests.

There is a similarity between the Jesus who irritated some of the people in ancient Israel and Socrates who irritated some of the people in Athens. Both philosophers expressed the opinion that developing inner purity and personal virtue is the purpose of this life rather than the accumulation of earthly wealth.

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Author James Hi. I am James, the webmaster and the author penning these Yanimon sites. I've no interest in promoting religion, which hopefully will die a natural death, but I think that the events surrounding life and death of Jesus in Old Palestine offer a number of insights that are worth exploring. I hope you find the opinions interesting and helpful.

Jesus and Socrates

Both Jesus and Socrates were executed for exercising freedom of expression to spread their opinions. Roman soldiers in Jerusalem brutally tortured Jesus by scourging and soon after they killed him by crucifixion at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin. Socrates died a relatively gentle death by being forced to drink hemlock poison.

Both philosophers may have seemed rather eccentic to others at the time when they were alive but they were physically harmless. Socrates had fought alongside other Athenians when called to arms in Ancient Greece, and Jesus healed many sick people in Palestine. Unfortunately their social contribution counted for nothing when others decided to have them executed for the crime of holding and propagating 'wrong thoughts'.

Jesus vs Establishment

The message Jesus was spreading throughout Palestine conflicted with the opinions of the Jewish state leaders at the time by entering Jerusalem with his small group of followers at a Passover festival Jesus placed himself and his followers in a high risk environment.

Herod's Temple in Jerusalem was the center of Jewish Law studies in Old Palestine and was in effect the management center of the Jewish nation. The enforcement of Jewish Mosaic Law for Jews was permitted by the Romans.

Unsurprisingly when the Jewish leaders knew Jesus was in Jerusalem they took the opportunity to arrest him and charge him with the Mosaic Law crime of blasphemy. He was immediately taken to the Temple for trial under Jewish Law. The outcome of the Establishment vs Jesus encounter was firmly stacked in favor of the Establishment that had control of the Jewish court, the Temple guard. and the reluctant support of the Roman garrison.

Jesus had only the support of his disciples and perhaps people in Jerusalem who hoped for an uprising against the Romans but all that support quickly faded when Jesus was arrested. At the trial he stood alone and offered no defence for his behaviour or beliefs.

The outcome of what was a minor internal political conflict about holding and spreading 'wrong thoughts' was clearly going to be decided in favor of the Establishment. It's not surprising that Jesus suffered and died as he did, but why did he go to Jerusalem when he knew he had a high probability of being arrested, and why were those opponents so strongly opposed to Jesus?

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