“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer
Target practice: hitting the bull’s-eye…anyone for a game of darts? or archery? sharp shooting?
Target: (not talking shopping:) as in long-range like years, centuries and beyond into the future type-target…everybody’s got talent, but got range?? got time??:)
“As a child, I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”—Albert Einstein, German-born scientist.
“For thirty five years of my life I was, in the proper acceptation of the word, nihilist, a man who believed in nothing. Five years ago my faith came to me. I believed in the doctrine of Jesus Christ and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation.”—Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist and philosopher.
“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”—Mohandas K. Gandhi, political and spiritual leader of India.
“Shall we suppose the evangelic history a mere fiction? Indeed, my friend, it bears not the marks of fiction. On the contrary, the history of Socrates, which nobody presumes to doubt, is not so well attested as that of Jesus Christ.”—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher.
“Jesus of Nazareth . . . is easily the dominant figure in history.”—H. G. Wells, English historian.
“[Jesus’] life is the most influential ever lived on this planet and its effect continues to mount.”—Kenneth Scott Latourette, American historian and author.
“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.” ~Bob Dylan
“It bums me out tremendously what the church has become, and if it’s got me bummed, imagine what Jesus Christ must be feeling.” ~Whoopi Goldberg
“In the Bible it says they asked Jesus how many times you should forgive, and he said 70 times 7. Well, I want you all to know that I’m keeping a chart. ” ~Hillary Clinton
“The good news is that Jesus is coming back. The bad news is that he’s really pissed off.” ~Bob Hope
“Not only are Christians writing about Jesus, but also Communists, Jews, atheists and agnostics are taking up their pens to paint a portrait of Jesus.” ~John Clayton
“I felt unworthy to play Jesus. I just accepted the responsibility and said, ‘What actor wouldn’t want to play this role?’~Jim Caviezel
“Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus This Cup is expensive!’ “~Conan O’Brien
As a non-participant, just wondering: Do participants of Christmas actually discuss much about Jesus? cannot help but notice much emphasis/talk/blogging on shopping, family, stress, gifts, food, santa, surviving the holidays, etc.! Let me insert a little Alanis Morissette about now: “isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?” …it’s like…
The above-quoted “famous” people, perhaps, hit their mark. Perhaps, a “self-made” target. Will any of them go the distance, the range of Jesus in the years or centuries to come?! Will their names live on?
(Noteworthy: Jesus’ influence went the distance..traveling the passage of time to reach them (a future target audience) as well as other accomplished ones who would eventually come under his influence.) Talk about impact. Talk about long range.
In the flow of time/eternity–many lives will come and go…who can harness as many moments?? Who can harness time?? (Only the divine?) Who will leave their mark/fame on time and on the minds and/or hearts of as many myriads?…Jesus had more than his 15 minutes, eh?! No twitter account– yet, he’s still the buzz, right? (this time of year/season anyway.)
Many seasons/years have come and gone, along with many talented, famous, smart people. Lives are like moments when “your” time is finite. Will their words, ideas, accomplishments, talents or genius endure the test of time or relevancy?!
When “your” time is infinite, you don’t count moments…you don’t count days…a day would be a thousand years. How do you count your time? Do you make your time count? To some, Jesus did. He’s known to many as The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived.
time an unseen target…
Doesn’t everybody want to leave their mark on humanity?! Will your influence endure time? Will your influence remain positive? What footprints are you leaving in the sand? Or, in the case of recent tragic Newtown event, what footprints can one be taking away?!
Time does answer some questions…wait n’ see what happens: learning patience is not an easy task for me. Are you patient? Enduring time and what time brings (or doesn’t bring) that’s a goal, that’s 1 target of mine.
Are you hitting your target? How does your perspective of time help you reach your target as Caregiver, Partner, Friend, Fellow Breathing-Fragile Life? (THANKS for patiently reading my very long-winded posts...THANKS for enduring my words!) Didn’t know i was helping you work on patience, eh? and probably forgiveness, too:)
An Outsider’s view: Summary of research/recent readings on 3 Myths & Facts about Jesus: The Man who Changed the World p. 15:
What Evidence exists outside the Bible that Jesus was a real historical figure? (good question:)
- A number of secular writers who lived close to the time of Jesus made specific mention of him. Among them was Cornelius Tacitus, who recorded the history of Rome under the emperors. Regarding a fire that devastated Rome in 64 C.E., Tacitus relates that it was rumored that Emperor Nero was responsible for the disaster. Nero, says Tactitus, tried to place the blame on a group whom the populace called Christians. Tacitus writes: “Christus, from whom their name is derived, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius.”~Annals, xv 44.
- The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus also mentions Jesus. In discussing events that took place between the death of Festus, the Roman governor of Judea about 62 C.E., and the arrival of his successor, Albinus, Josephus says that High Priest Ananus (Annas) “convened the judges of the Sanhedrin and brought before them a man named James, the brother of Jesus who was called the Christ, and certain others.”-Jewish Antiquities, xx 200 (ix1).
Some Believe: Jesus was born December 25.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica (and other sources), some who called themselves Christians “wished the date to coincide with pagan Roman festival marking…the winter solstice, when the days again begin to lengthen and the sun begins to climb higher in the sky.” It also notes that many Christmas customs originated with “pagan agricultural and solar observances at midwinter.”
MYTH 1: Jesus was born on December 25th
Some Believe: Jesus was an only child.
“Aren’t James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon his brothers? Don’t his sisters still live here in our town?” Mark 6:3, Contemporary English Version…the notion Mary remained a virgin throughout her life was asserted by Jerome about 383 C.E…he later expressed misgivings about his “theory”.
MYTH 2: Jesus was an only child. Mary’s other children were conceived naturally with her husband Joseph.
Some Believe: Jesus was God incarnate.
“The idea that God came to earth and lived as the man Jesus, which is central to the doctrine of the Trinity, has been around for a long time-but does not date back to Jesus. The Encyclopedia Britannica observes: “Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament…The doctrine developed gradually over several centuries and through many controversies.”
MYTH 3: Jesus was God incarnate. He never claimed to be God. Many considered him a good man and the “son of God.”
“Fun” Facts about Jesus: highlighting his personality: he was not cold, weak or austere. He was gregarious and warm. People were drawn to him. He was approachable and humble according to accounts:
- gave commendation/encouragement
- attended joyous social events
- enjoyed the company of all ages: older ones and children
- lived compassion
- wept openly
He was a teacher with students/disciples…he taught love, peace and there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving… “journeying from city to city and from village to village, preaching…the good news of the kingdom of God.” (Luke 8:1) which he explained is a government set up by God in heaven that would eventually on time–eliminate corruption, suffering and bring peace; restoring earth to the state of Paradise (Eden).
Will you leave a mark on time?! Time for me to end this...