Jesus without a stenographer.

November 13, 2015

Polonius: What do you read, my lord?

Hamlet: Words, words, words.

From Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

A speculation as to how it could be that Jesus would not want to engage a stenographer. Mohammed and Joseph Smith both had stenographers to insure that their actual spoken words would be recited correctly, namely by turning them into recorded words. Jesus did not. Why not? Here is a proposed answer.

For Jesus what was needed in this world was a spirit, a new spirit, a spirit that Immanuel Kant observed and recognized in Jesus as revolutionary, one destined to transform human thinking and put it on a new track (See Kant’s Religion, on or near page 130). And it was the conveyance of this new spirit that was the great task and difficulty for Jesus, namely to get his disciples to understand the meaning of love, of universal love, of all-giving love and then through them to get others also to understand and to want to change. Due to the embedded pride of the disciples (constantly arguing about who would be the greatest among them [Luke 22:24-27]), Jesus could not get them to grasp what was meant by love as opposed to sheer obedience and external compliance with rules. And because of this sinful nature of the disciples (along with all people), Jesus had to die in the place of a murderer (Barabbas) without complaint in order for the disciples finally to understand the meaning of love and the spirit of love, and then to enable them (via the Resurrection) to anticipate and ask for such a loving spirit themselves. What was called for was this new spirit, a something which possesses one’s soul and conveys a different frame of mind, a sincere desire to wish and do good to all others, even to one’s enemies. (See  The Golden Rule – A Proxy For Scripture.)

The recorded words of Jesus are very important as signals of his character and intention, but it is his spirit that must fill those words and give them life. For example it is the recorded words of Paul in scripture which now keep many Christians from accepting the marriage of homosexuals, while the spirit of Jesus* accepts the homosexuals and their mutual love. (See God’s Left-hand Joke.)

* This spirit now, along with a more updated science, would also bring Paul along today. For just as he would no longer believe the sky was a metallic dome with lights (the science of his day), he would also not believe that homosexuals were any more rebellious or unnatural or sick than left-handers. (See Paul and Homosexuals.)

Kant observed (originally in his pietist parents, I suspect) that this revolutionary and vital spirit, which Jesus himself introduced and conveyed to the world, has sometimes only smoldered, but has never gone out and is able again to flare up and engulf the world.

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Also thanks to STH for his help and advice.

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