Rhetorical Question?Posted: March 13, 2008
So, here’s a question… if the point of xianity is ‘just’ Jesus dying on a cross, then what was all the teaching about? If we don’t follow Jesus just because he was (is?) a good teacher, but so much more, then why do we dis the rabbi thing? Couldn’t he have just been a carpenter turned revolutionary and gotten killed that way? Why dedicate your life to the Law if your death is about to cancel it out?
What is that all about?
Wait, are you saying Jesus wasn’t a carpenter?
Right. He was a Rabbi- that’s not a part-time waitress thing where you’re not quite good enuf to be a full-time waitress- its something you literally dedicate your entire life to. You prove you are “the best of the best” and THEN spend the next 12-15 years learning as a disciple… THEN you get to be a Rabbi afterward.
Well, that changes some things.
Right. If he’s ‘just going to die’, then why take the time to do the Rabbi thing? Seems pretty complicated to invest in something, then cancel it out… if you believe that the new covenant that Jesus brought cancels out the former… anyway, I mean, does that make sense at all? The point of xianity isn’t to “live a good life”, so why did Jesus dedicate himself to teaching people to live a good life?
Two Options… so far:
1. Jesus sees the rabbincal system as the best way to get people to follow him so he can send them out to tell everyone about his death and salvation, etc. End of story- a means to an end.
2. There is intrinsic value in the Torah and the faithful handling of it. The rabbincal system furthers the gospel and/or the gospel is the next evolution in the Torah timeline. Praps he was purging and redeeming said system?
Extra question: how many covenants are there? new and old? abraham? noah? is it just one big covenant? why all the covenant talk? what’s wrong with carpentry- not good enuf for ya?