So, as I've said before, I have every day contact with people of the Christian faith. People ONLY of the Christian faith, who are not open to hearing about other things AS WELL. So this morning, I am sitting at breakfast with my mother, and she mentions how time seems to be going so fast, and previous times she's mentioned how so many bad things are happening in the world. She is a very big believer in The Apocalypse, Jesus' second coming, etc. I mentioned to her the video that drew me to this community, and, not very well, attempted to explain the video. At first she was open to it and then she asked, "Does it mention Jesus?"
"Well, no," I said, "but it mentions love. And Jesus is love." Lost her.
"Well, if it doesn't mention Jesus then, you know... I don't want to see it." It's quite frustrating, because I think Jesus was a great man, a great prophet, and introduced a lot of things that we all know today. I wish I knew the best approach to this, because I want people to feel love so much, and know that they don't need to be afraid, nor do I want them to wish that this world would come to an end so that they can join an exclusive club up in heaven. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
You need a magic wand or a baseball bat to wake them up. LOL. Really I am just kidding :D
I know a lot of people just like this and they are so close minded that no light can trickle in. For many years I anguished about it, but I truly and deeply have accepted that everyone is here for different reasons and not all of us are going to wake up, but they are not lost, in fact perhaps they agreed to be our teachers to teach US to let go of our judgments and conditions and limitations. I am more apt to believe now that we are all right and that all paths do lead to the same destination. Some routes may take a little longer to get there, but I think they all lead to the same place.
I do recognize the situation you describe at the morning table very well. And in that sense I agree with R&J, without this generation of parents we wouldn't be able to grow....expand our consciousness. In these moments where it's sometimes so tempting to mentally -through words- express what you mean but the force of radiating love through inner silence has helped me more. As that energyfield transforms. Also watch out not to think that 'they will never understand' because it's a thought and you will be surprised what love can do. What I want to underline, take every moment as a 'clean moment' and keep the quantumwindow open:), every breakfast. I guess here is also where the link is with 'The Apocalypse' which is exactly that 'lifting the veil' , the ability to see through the form -liberated from the veil of thought-.
I will approach this question for you in a different way. In the video revelations, it does quote bodhisattva Issa, which is another name for "Jesus." As it does at the same time quote him from the "New Testament." Furthermore it also quotes Paul, which is the writer in the New Testament with the most writings. Finally it does use the term Christ. All three terms would be applicable for your conversation with your mother.
In fact, you could use it as a teaching lesson for her as well. You see, many people do not like using the term "Jesus" because it is likely a corruption. In Hebrew, the name Jesus would sound like Yeshua or Yehoshua, which rightly transferred to English, would be Joshua. This is a combination of two words, Yah (God) and Salvation (yeshua). (God is Salvation) Acts 4:12 states: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we ***will be saved.***
Now, according to tradition, the church teaches that when the name was brought into Greek, they didn't like it, because it had an "a" at the end, which mean that it would have been seen as a feminine word in Greek. To keep it from becoming feminine, they changed the Greek from Iesua, to Iesous; thus, when it translated through time into English, it was translated to Jesus.
Now there are two reasons people do not like this transliteration:
1) Iesous in Greek could be the phonetic sound of Ie (Hail) Sous (Zeus). Thus, every time they say the name Jesus, they may actually be Praising the Greek Deity Zeus, which would be blasphemous to many people.
2) Because Early Christians used the word Jesus, instead of Joshua, while they should be using the same words, some believe that the early Christians read a different word, from Jewish tradition, and assumed it was the correct name of Jesus...
In Ancient Jewish tradition, it was forbidden to speak the name of a foreign god; thus, when Jews witnessed Christians worshiping Jesus as God, they would not have been able to say his name any longer, for it would be against the law.(Ex. 23:13) Therefore, any other gods would have been referred to as "Yemach Shmo u'Zikro" meaning "May his name and memory be blotted out". In fact, The writings of the Toledoth Yeshu, which is dated to the 6th Century A.D., we witness that "Jesus" is called by this name. Thus, from the abbreviated curse of "Yemach Shmo u'Zikro" (Y'SHu) the Greeks Hellenized the name to "Ieosus." Later it became changed to "Jesus" by the King James' translators of the Bible. Therefore, some people refuse to use the name Jesus, as it could be intended as a curse to him.
Now many Muslims and others believe that the name of Jesus should be pronounced as Eesa or Issa, because they believe he was never actually named Yehoshua either. But rather, they believe his real name was Eesa, as named after the brightest northern star in the Ursa Constellation. In Hebrew this star is called Esh or Eesh. The Arabic word would be "`Aasa" or "`Essa" and is defined as "nightly watcher." Thus, in English, we could easily see how this word could be transliterated as Issa, which is what the movie uses. The term bodhisattva comes from ancient Sanskrit and basically means "Enlightened being or essence." Therefore, It is easily understood why people would refer to "Jesus" as bodhisatva Issa. The enlightened being Issa "Jesus."
As a further interesting comment - In the book of Revelation, "Jesus" may have actually be hinted to his name actually being Issa:
Rev. 22:16 I Jesus (Yeshua or Issa) have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the ***bright and morning star.***
I hope this helps, and now you can explain it all to your mom, and tell her that the movie does mention "Jesus," Paul" and refers to "Christ.
Jennifer, I too am around Christians everyday. Some open minded and others not so much. There are many scriptures that tell us that Jesus is love. Some Christians have never read the Bible and that is where some of the confusion lays. Your mother's generation has been taught to question anything that is not "Jesus". They only know what they know and have not dug deeper into the word of God. DOn't give up on her or her generation. Some are and will come around to the understanding that Love is God, Jesus and the Spirit. Love is going to set us all free. I recommend a book by Rick Joyner, The Final Quest and The Call. They are all about Jesus and his love and what we are expected to do with our love for others. It was a step towards my Awakening and also my fiance.