So in the last post, Jesus and Monasticism, I talked a bit about how statements like “Unless you hate father and mother, wife and children, brother and sister, and yea your own life also, you cannot be my disciples” point to Jesus having taught a monastic religion (hate what your father and mother and siblings want for you, i.e. for you to get married and have children to give them grandchildren and nieces/nephews). And stuff like “turn the other cheek” and “if anyone sues you for your outer robe, give him your inner robe also” and “take no thought for the morrow” clearly points to a monastic religion not a religion for parents who certainly can’t follow such teachings.

Now, let’s take it a step further. Its amazing also considering the uber-violent Old Testament how Jesus miraculously comes up with this “turn the other cheek” stuff. If its the same god, why such a change?

Seems very clear ultimately that its not from god in the way imagined, and rather Jesus was influenced by Buddhism which originated 500 years earlier, and was all about monasticism and non-violence. But keep beating away at the air thinking you can remove Augustinianism from “Christianity,” when the fact is Augustinianism erased the original teachings of Jesus and left barely enough to see that Jesus didn’t teach what they claim he taught, obscured over by the rest of the Catholic scriptures like Paul the liar.

Now the real question is, Where did the Buddhist influence on Jesus come from?  Was he himself a Buddhist monk coming from India and not really a Jew? Was he really a Jew born in Bethlehem and moved to a foreign country like Egypt (or India) and became a Buddhist monk there and brought it back to Palestine? Was it the Essenes, a monastic Jewish sect (probably founded by a traveling Buddhist monk who mixed it with Judaism) that influenced Jesus, thus making him influenced by Buddhism only indirectly?

And the next question is, What was Jesus trying to accomplish? Was he a Buddhist monk trying to establish a pure Buddhist community in Israel? Was he a Buddhist monk trying to mix Judaism and Buddhism to make it more acceptable in Israel?  Was he an Essene monk who just preached straight Essenism as it existed before? Was he an Essene reformer or sectarian breakaway from the mainstream Essene group?

All that I feel confident to say for certain is he clearly was attempting to establish or spread some sort of monastic religion that had clear Buddhist influence in it.  He certainly wasn’t establishing Pauline-like lay Christianity.

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