One of the most challenging aspects of Christianity is making peace with the fact that the bible only reconciles the last few years of the anointed One. I’m not suggesting anyone to use this as a means to discredit Jesus and any of his works, it’s just that it leaves a lot of lose ends for an analytical mind to fill in for themselves. As someone who places spirituality at the forefront of their life, I’ve found that my questions about God have always surpassed the answers. I still haven’t made complete peace with this notion either, I must say. Instead of looking at it as a deterrent, I’ve used it to energize a lot of long nights of seeking his, her or its face. I was told early on in my quest to seek God that my relationship should be of my own, instead of picking up the beliefs and ‘wisdom’ of others on the topic. The lifelong quest as far as I’m considered, is to establish a relationship with God that is far more tangible than hype filled Sunday sermon. Lasting substance is what I’m seeking after in my connection and dependence on God is what I’m after, at least that’s what I hope we are attempting to establish here.
The existence of God use to be a major stumbling block for me, but that isn’t really up for debate any more thankfully. What currently is serving as a barrier to deeper contact is which loud speaking body of God that I should chose to tune into every day. I was raised Catholic from a very young age, but I unplugged from that practice around the age of 12. I didn’t really see the need to seek God again until I was 26 when I was brought to my knees with a typical fork in the road so to speak. It’s clear that I too have some lost years to reconcile of my own you might say. A couple years into my quest I found myself back in the pews of a church, but this time it was a more liberal evangelical variety, and I loved it. I have been backing seeking God through Jesus and the Bible now for four years, and I have learned a lot. But this is where things start to get lost in translation again for me. I digress though, and will have to circle back to this experience with church in a later post.
When it comes to debating the ‘perfect’ life of Jesus Christ, there have been countless vain attempts to discredit the anointed One, and the over two billion disciples. A fairly well known piece of work in the skeptic community that challenges the lost years of Jesus, written by Nicolas Notovich, puts forth an interesting theory on what actually took place in the early years of Jesus.
Nicolas Notovitch claimed that he broke his leg in India and while recovering from it at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, he learned of the “Life of Saint Issa (Best of the Sons of Men)” – Isa being the Arabic name of Jesus in Islam. Notovitch’s story, with the text of the “Life,” was published in French in 1894 as La vie inconnue de Jesus Christ. It was translated into English, German, Spanish, and Italian.
After reading the Life Of Saint Issa, I found it to have little lasting impression on me, except for a portion of chapter seven which speaks to Issa’s perspective on women. I not only agree with the perspective Issa holds towards women, but I can actually see Jesus himself speaking these words out to an audience of attentive listeners. Whether or not this provides me with enough grit to validate Notovitch’s entire theory, the jury is still out on that, but I do feel like there is some serious merit and truth held in the words written below.
Chapter XII – Life Of Saint Issa
10 “Listen, then, to what I say unto you: Respect woman, for she is the mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation lies in her.
11 “She is the basis of all that is good and beautiful, as she is also the germ of life and death. On her depends the whole existence of man, for she is his natural and moral support.
12 “She gives birth to you in the midst of suffering. By the sweat of her brow she rears you, and until her death you cause her the gravest anxieties. Bless her and worship her, for she is your one friend, your one support on earth.
13 “Respect her, uphold her. In acting thus you will win her love and her heart. You will find favor in the sight of God and many sins shall be forgiven you.
14 “In the same way, love your wives and respect them; for they will be mothers tomorrow, and each later on the ancestress of a race.
15 “Be lenient towards woman. Her love ennobles man, softens his hardened heart, tames the brute in him, and makes of him a lamb.
16 “The wife and the mother are the inappreciable treasures given unto you by God. They are the fairest ornaments of existence, and of them shall be born all the inhabitants of the world.
17 “Even as the God of armies separated of old the light from the darkness and the land from the waters, woman possesses the divine faculty of separating in a man good intentions from evil thoughts.
18 “Wherefore I say unto you, after God your best thoughts should belong to the women and the wives, woman being for you the temple wherein you will obtain the most easily perfect happiness.
19 “Imbue yourselves in this temple with moral strength. Here you will forget your sorrows and your failures, and you will recover the lost energy necessary to enable you to help your neighbor.
20 “Do not expose her to humiliation. In acting thus you would humiliate yourselves and lose the sentiment of love, without which nothing exists here below.
21 “Protect your wife, in order that she may protect you and all your family. All that you do for your wife, your mother, for a widow or another woman in distress, you will have done unto your God.”
What are your thoughts?