“Whether he existed or not” … is a peculiar way to start a blog on how one person can and did change the world. But there really is no objective evidence that Jesus of Nazareth actually existed. Yes, there is mention of a person name Jesus in the works of a historian named Josephus. Yes, Roman senator and historian Tacitus wrote of the crucifixion of Jesus in the Annals, a history of the Roman Empire during the first century. But these are considered subjective references because there is no corroborating evidence.
Avatar of God
I believe that Jesus of Nazareth did exist (subjective) and was an avatar of what we sometimes name God. Many of us know what avatars are these days, from their use on the World Wide Web in games and as stand-ins for personal pictures on websites and the like.
An avatar directly represents a person but is not the person. As avatars these images or figures may even have a very similar significance to the original. In other words, loosely speaking, these avatars may have similar powers to the originals.
These powers were gifted to Jesus.
By the way, if Jesus of Nazareth did actually exist, his name would have been Jesus bar Joseph, or Jesus ben Joseph, after his father who was supposed to be Joseph. That’s how it was done in those days.
Never Traveled Far
He never went beyond 100 miles of his hometown, Nazareth. He probably never went to Egypt with his parents as the “slaughter of the innocents” as portrayed in the New Testament never occurred. Yes, it occurred in Egypt centuries before and was portrayed by some biblical writers as happening again to give Jesus’ life and meaning even more legitimacy.
He never raised an army or navy. He never ran for or ever held public office. Yet he changed the world. With the force of his personality and what he represented in himself, he changed the way many, many people look at themselves even to this day.
He Was Executed
Because he spoke against the local powers that were in his day, he was executed through a mock trial. He was examined and no crime was found in him, save what his enemies said he said and represented what they said he represented.
It was said that he rose from the dead and went to heaven. In fact, what actually happened to his body is not known. First, we really do not know if he ever lived, for sure. Second, if he lived then where is he buried? (There are two burials places “listed” as the place of his interment.)
Following the custom of the day, his body would have been thrown into a pauper’s grave along with many other bodies being disposed of on that day. If his bones existed, they would be mixed up with the bones of many others. If he was lucky enough to be buried with family, the dried out bones would be moved farther and farther back in the family grave as newly deceased family members’ bones were placed in the common grave.
So the Myths and Legends Grew
One such myth was that he ascended to heaven 40 days after arising from the dead. He was exalted. Giving more credence to the idea of his saving ability. All this to “show” that he was The Son of God.
As Son of God he had the power to forgive sins as those of his time and centuries after have gifted him with. He could make the world right again. Those who walked in darkness had seen a great light in him. People could be born again in his name and love.
Whatever Else He Was or Was Not
By the forcefulness of his personality, the way he stood up to the intrenched people and ideas of his day, he set in motion a new way of thinking for the Western hemisphere of this earth.
His ideas of love first caused a revolution that is still having an effect today.
I believe he was an avatar of God showing what love really is – the acceptance of all, the unconditional regard for another. I believe he was a profoundly advanced soul who reincarnated back on Earth to show a different way. He probably knew his earthly end would not be pain-free, knew he would be despised and rejected by some.
Yet he voluntarily came to Earth to be what he was and to give what he gave. When his earthly life was ended, his spirit return to the space between incarnations. To live there forever as a most advanced soul. Or to live there forever, in spirit, unless he chose, once again, to incarnate on Earth and help his fellow souls advanced toward enlightenment.
We Are All Sons and Daughters of God
We are the very stuff of which Jesus was “made.” We are spirit of the Spirit; we are all One. The only difference between us and Jesus in the advancement of our souls. We reincarnate countless times over eons of time to advance toward enlightenment and the understanding of God.
This is what Jesus did for us above all else. He showed us all “where” we might be as we advanced our souls toward enlightenment. He climbed the mountain, so to speak, before us, showing us it can be done. We need only follow in his path. One person changed the world. One person changed your life. Will you carry on?
Given Name – Barbara Joan Streisand – Born April 24, 1942
Music is a universal language and one of the best interpreters of vocal music there has ever been is Barbra Streisand, in my opinion. I know that she changed my life forever with her rendition of “People Who Need People.”
She started signing professional at a relatively young age – still in her teens. She had a certain style that was all her own. Some tried to talk her out of that style saying she needed to be more conventional. She did it her way and made music history. She has had the last laugh in that regard as she is the most highly decorated female singer in history.
Her career has now spanned 50 years. She can still stop a show, in my opinion, as my wife and I watched her performance in “Back to Brooklyn.”
With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became one of the rare artists to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades.
Perhaps the Last of Her Kind
She is labeled a “belter” of songs. Meaning, I believe, that she can really fill the hall with her voice, even without electronic amplification. Such a style marked her career well.
Though she can sing songs in softer ways as well. In her prime, there was nothing she could not sing, in a popular way (she has not done Rock ‘n’ Roll).
Even at age 71 (at this writing), with only some of the power gone, she can still move an audience to tears as she interprets a song.
To have such influence over so long a period of time is to truly change the world.
Her Life Is More Than Song
Her first film was a reprise of her Broadway hit, Funny Girl (1968), an artistic and commercial success directed by Hollywood veteran William Wyler. Streisand won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, sharing it with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter), the only time there has been a tie in this Oscar category.
Her next two movies were also based on musicals, Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, directed by Gene Kelly (1969); and Alan Jay Lerner’s and Burton Lane’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vincente Minnelli (1970); while her fourth film was based on the Broadway play The Owl and the Pussycat (1970).
Along with Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and later Steve McQueen, Streisand formed First Artists Production Company in 1969, so the actors could secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves. Streisand’s initial outing with First Artists was Up the Sandbox (1972).
Streisand has long been an active supporter of the Democratic Party and many of its causes.
In 1971, Streisand was one of the celebrities listed on President Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List.
Streisand is a supporter of gay rights, and in 2007 helped raise funds in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in California.
In 1984, Streisand donated the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Mount Scopus campus, in memory of her father, an educator and scholar who died when she was young.
Streisand has personally raised $25 million for organizations through her live performances. The Streisand Foundation, established in 1986, has contributed over $16 million through nearly 1,000 grants to “national organizations working on preservation of the environment, voter education, the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, women’s issues and nuclear disarmament.”
In 1984, Streisand was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
She also received the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. She was inducted as an officer of France’s Legion of Honour in 2007. She was accorded An Honorary Doctorate In Arts and Humanities by Brandeis University in 1995 and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.
In that year, she was also recipient of the Charles Chaplin lifetime achievement award by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the only female artist who directed, wrote, produced and starred in the same major studio film (Yentl).
There You Have It – In Very Abbreviated Form
Barbra Streisand has had major influence upon her world. Thereby changing it forever. You can see what you can do following your own style and determining to succeed at whatever you choose. What are you waiting for?
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Can you see it? Can you finally believe that one person can change the world? By this man’s life you must see that a singe individual human being can be such a force as to change the world for all time hence.
The father of his “new” nation, South Africa, spent 27 years in prison after having been sentenced to life in prison for what was called treason. He simply wanted to have all the people of his nation have the same opportunities – for example, the right to vote – as all other citizens.
He labor under the oppressive rule of what was called apartheid, as did the majority of citizens of South Africa. It was an onerous system where black Africans were subject to conditions and circumstances that worked against even their human dignity.
A Prison Does Not A Cage Make – Unless You Allow It So
During those 27 years in prison Mandela learned Afrikaans – the language of the minority of white South Africans. Later this helped him communicate effective with the minority. He also befriended one of his jailors which helped him and the jailor grow into even better men than they were.
He kept in touch with his family by writing the one letter a week he was allowed to pen. It is said that the family cherishes these letters very deeply.
When he was released from prison, he was not bitter but immediately sought for peace among the people of his nation. Perhaps his prison days were his time in the wilderness where he learned and grew into the man that would lead his country, in peace, to a new age.
Much Has Been Written
So much has already been written of him and I am sure there will be much more to come. Even the Wikipedia.org article, from which I gleaned some information, is very large. I encourage you to look for yourself if you want to know about Mandela.
Not all of his life before prison was rosy. He was even on the U. S. Terrorist watch list until 2008. He met with communist leaders in other countries which made him suspect in some eyes. He openly criticized President Bill Clinton but later supported him during the impeachment proceedings.
When His Country Needed Him He Answered the Call
He even had the brilliant idea of uniting his country when it was about to fall into chaos and perhaps civil war by having the World Cup of Rugby come to South Africa and encouraged the South African national team to do its best to win the cup. It did.
I Could Go On and On
I think you get the drift here, though. Right before your eyes if you are 20 years old or older, you have seen history made at the leadership of a single person. He wasn’t perfect; none of us humans are. But he did change South Africa and therefore the world by the strength of his ideas and convictions and talent, developed through prison time, I believe, which drew a nation of disparate beliefs and ideologies and heavy prejudice, he drew that nation together.
If you want more information on Nelson Mandela please surf the Net at your leisure. You will find and abundance of material.
You Don’t Have To Save Your Nation
But then again, maybe you do. My point is that Nelson Mandela, a single individual, changed the world.
What are you doing for your world? When will you start?
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