Many intellectuals claim some of what Jesus taught was first said by other people and, Jesus himself might be the first to agree. Human rights, morality and ethics are clearly based on a shared human conscience, something the authors of the Bible, Thomas Jefferson and the historical evidence all strongly agree concerning and, something the ACLU, Richard Dawkins and many other ivory tower pedagogues apparently, have entirely overlooked.
Unlike many modern educators, Jesus is not about stroking his own ego by pushing his own private vision and agenda. Rather, Jesus is about promoting the “best” idea that will best help humanity. Thus, if an idea was already the best, Jesus used it, if it could be improved upon, he improved on it and, if he had a better idea, he taught that instead.
This is a far more advanced and “enlightened” concept of education than we find in this so-called “post-Enlightenment” age, where various “pop” pundits are out to make it big on best seller lists by pushing “their” supposedly “new” ideas. As the Bible says, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Regardless of how we change and re-arrange terminology, violence, human oppression, suffering, sorrow and, the solution for alleviating and eliminating them remains the same.
We live in an age of extreme soapbox bias, an age of defending various political, intellectual, religious and other “sides”, rather than an age centered on a search for what is really true and, what actually might be the best idea. Modern education is divided into distinct categories like “science”, “history” and, “religion”, as if we can divide up reality and expect to have any idea what is actually true. We conveniently place Jesus in “religion” category and thus, our children entirely lose out on the best ideas in human history.
Jesus taught that treating other people like we want them to treat us is the sum of all wisdom; does Richard Dawkins have a better foundation for human rights? Jesus implied the more we know what is true, the more free we will become; does Richard Dawkins have a better foundation for education? According to Jesus, a common grass flower is better clothed than Solomon was; does Richard Dawkins have a better foundation for environmental awareness?
Jesus taught the way to honor God is to love our neighbor as ourselves; does Richard Dawkins have a better foundation for morality and ethics? Jesus taught the way to achieve peace is to put away our swords and spread peace and goodwill, rather than like scientists, create more and bigger swords, which is the Greek, Roman, American and world civilization history method of “securing the peace”. Does Richard Dawkins have a better idea?
Why do modern scientists, after 10,000 years of moral education to the contrary, continue to create weapons of mass destruction? In a post-Enlightenment age of atheism, science and wonder, why does war and the poor still remain with us, as Jesus predicted they would?
Richard Dawkins implies Jesus was delusional. Is he smarter than Jesus? Is anybody smarter than Jesus? You decide.
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