What does Christmas, the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and Thomas Jefferson have in common? I will get to that.
Merry Christmas my friends! I am SO grateful to every person that comes by here. My heart truly is full. I hope regardless of your beliefs, you are enjoying some time off and the beautiful spirit this season can bring.
I know we are all of varied faiths and beliefs. Did you know Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s founding Fathers, a well known Humanist…..believed in the teaching of Jesus Christ? He didn’t believe in Him as his personal Savior, but he believed the teachings of Christ were the perfect formula for how to treat our fellow human beings. And I whole-heartedly agree.
The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting (literally with a razor and glue) numerous sections from the New Testament extractions of the doctrine of Jesus.
Jefferson’s condensed composition is especially interesting for its exclusion of all miracles by Jesus and most mentions of the supernatural, including sections of the four gospels which contain the Resurrection and most other miracles, and passages indicating Jesus was divine. Jefferson removed the miracles and divinity of Christ in his version of the bible, but he left some of the most essential messages of the Savior in tact.
Thomas Jefferson and I may not see eye to eye on some issues, especially the divinity of Christ. But unlike Jefferson, I am a believer. I have a firm and unwavering testimony and belief in Jesus Christ. I get that not everyone is on board with this idea. However, if Thomas Jefferson found Christ’s life to be the perfect model of how to be a decent human being, don’t you think we all might learn something from the teachings of Christ?
We have a copy of this beautiful painting of Christ teaching in the temple hanging over our piano. Artist: Heinrich Karl Hofmann
Every December, I reread the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament. Every year I learn something new, something speaks to me that did not the previous year.
This year, the story of the Centurion (A Roman) whose servant was dying and asked Christ to heal him. This man was not a Jew (one of Jesus’ peeps). But he was a very good man, good to the Jews and good to his servants. He knew how to be a decent human being, and he recognized perfection and the author of peace in Jesus Christ.
If you don’t know much about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, then I urge you to consider reading up on His teachings. They are the perfect blue print to how to be a more decent human being. And couldn’t we all use a bit of improvement in some area?
If you didn’t know….I am a Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be exact. My faith is founded upon my Savior, Jesus Christ. My faith defines me, colors and shapes everything about me, every choice I make (especially if I have to fix the dumb choices I make). Having a faith that runs so deep, to truly know who I am and why I am here. Knowing how much each and every one of us in priceless in the Saviors eyes? My joy and gratitude overflows. As I reflect back on 2013, I think about the things I did right, and those things I can do better. As I look forward to 2014, I hope I can be a little more Christ like. Have a more perfect love for my fellow man. Be a little more patient with people that perhaps grate on my nerves, just a tidge. Give more freely of my means. Be a little more generous of my time to those who can benefit. Try harder to be nicer than I already am (I am a nice person for the most part). Maybe I should work on the humility a bit too.
Merry Christmas to each and everyone. -Karen aka Good Time Charlie
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