Opinion: What really happened?

From possibly our oldest subscriber.

About Kevin: As a free-thinking progressive-christian messianic god-seeker. Kévin Aryé Hatikvah Smith, aged 98, deaf in a wheel-chair in Sydney / Supreme Cross of Honour in 2005 (from Benedict XVI) for 50 years of ecumenism (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) in France and Australia. My mother, Esther Myers, was culturally Jewish although non-observant and became Catholic before wedding my Catholic father in 1921. She was a splendid model of Hebrew neighbourly-love and wrote poetry about the blessed virgin Mary and Jesus. I made friends with a messianic rabbi and he invited me to be a reader in his synagogue, which I loved doing. With my wife we were foundation members of the NSW Council of Christians & Jews. Happy Hanukkah to you and yours  from  Kevin  in Sydney NSW.  My Jewish Cockney ancestor Emmanuel Solomon arrived in Sydney in 1818 and in about 1835  he became a patriarch founder of Adelaide. As a leading Jew he became a close friend of Saint Mary MacKillop and helped her during her excommunication… more than once supplying free accommodation on his properties to the nuns expelled from thier convents by a bishop.  


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? … studying the Rabbi Yeshuah story … Terentius (195-159 BCE): “As a human person, I consider that nothing human is unworthy of my concern”. (Homo sum. A me nihil humanum alienum puto.) -As a human person, I, Kevin/Gauvain, have cast my limited observation powers on the material world that has nurtured me and also beyond at the physical universe that gave me birth.

-I have had it pointed out to me that the universe is part of a greater realm, the cosmos, where there is Creator-God, heaven, angels, purgatory , hell, demons, etc.

— Concluding a session of my limited observations and drawing on life-long learning I conclude in this essay, or I arrive at the opinion …

(i) that I am a citizen of a planet where all human observations, conclusions and opinions are tentative and challengeable;

(ii) that nobody has totally died and then come back to everyday life again, no resurrection;

(iii) that virgin-mary type pregnancies do not occur [Yeshuah had no male DNA.];

(iv) that all miracles are scientifically suspect;

(v) that the existence of divinity / divine-nature is theologically suspect;

(vi) that a great literary work, the Bible, is a wholly human construct and therefore has very questionable verisimilitude on account of its many discrepancies, contradictions and mistakes;

(vii) that you must not trust Christianity because of the christology that it created which was presented to followers as unchangeable ‘deposit of faith’ dogma;

(viii) that faith is often the enemy of evidential fact;

(ix) that history shows for me no evidence of what I taught as a catechist for 20 years, “God the Father is a loving, caring God”.

(x) that it has been most difficult for me to advance this thesis since it has taken me 7 or 8 decades of devoted application trying to find out WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?

(xi) that these observations are for me joyful and liberating.

— As one born saved, I spiritually embrace Rabbi Yeshuah of Nazareth as my mentor; he is Israel’s greatest prophet,, an original thinker, an inspiring preacher, gifted healer & exorcist, convincing teacher of wisdom and integrity, Jewish mystic, model of kingdom-oriented life-style and promulgator of the ancient Hebrew ethics of neighbourly love with esteem for Adonai-Elohim as our loving Father. I walk daily hand-in-hand with this most admirable spiritual companion and silently converse with him and I greet his mother too. [] Kevin Aryeh Hatikvah Smith in Sydney []

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