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Re: Atonement vs. Bootstraps

Jun 04, 1998 06:05 PM
by Dr A M Bain

K. Paul Johnson <> writes
>I'm just feeling my way in all this, led by Cayce and by all the
>new research on the historical Jesus.  But here's one way to see
>the atonement that does not conflict with the doctrine of karma.
>In the case of Jesus, he was in a very clearcut manner an
>advocate of *individual* freedom and judgment as opposed to group
>norms.  The parable of the Good Samaritan, the comment about
>plucking corn on the sabbath, the habit of public meals with all
>sorts of "inappropriate" people-- etc. etc., all show him to be
>saying in essence *your personal relationship with the Father in
>heaven does not need to be mediated through all these collective
>behavioral norms and thought patterns.  You can be directly
>connected to the Father, as I am.*

This is almost the classic Jewish argument *against* Christianity!  Who
needs an intermediary when they can go direct to the boss?

Alan :-)
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