An Account of Jesus' Temptation

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Jesus recognized cities invading cities. Blood from dead human and animal corpses filled lifeless landscapes, all inrepparttar name of God! War existed, but when fought inrepparttar 126984 name of God, motives were too tainted. Righteous indignation filled Jesus! As he scanned from countryside to continents he recognizedrepparttar 126985 deception within numerous leaders. From dishonesty and lies camerepparttar 126986 bloodshed of innocent people. The molestation, rape and murder ofrepparttar 126987 children enraged Jesus to such a degree that he wanted to wipe out every evil person. The heat of this anger became so powerful that it forced Jesus to gaze upon God. Did God not destroy all inhabitants except those on Noah’s Ark? Retribution was not for Jesus to ordain. Within this humble consolation — like a child to his father, Jesus was lifted torepparttar 126988 bosom of God.

Inside Jesus glowed. As Jesus reflected uponrepparttar 126989 burning radiance within, he rested securely with his Father. Gazing throughrepparttar 126990 eye of God, he witnessed a tear. Becoming so close, Jesus and God were as one. Here, Jesus felt compelled to look and connect with all ofrepparttar 126991 love God gave to everyone who had lived on earth. Jesus felt like he could touch each person ever born or those who would be born. More than recognizing people going about daily chores, dimensions of earth unfolded before him. Within these realms existed aspects ofrepparttar 126992 afterlife. In one fiery pit people experienced pure torture. Much of this suffering stemmed fromrepparttar 126993 pain caused to others that came back to haunt. These self-inflicted realities were too destructive to watch.

What attracted Jesus’ attention were manifold dimensions encompassing generations after generations that were already dead. Jesus could almost perceive prior prophets insiderepparttar 126994 minds of so many people. Chosen prophets would be empowered at uncertain times and lead masses of people to God. It was here that choice truths were developed to connect and strengthen individuals within family bonds. The more people could feel God’s love shared amongst each other,repparttar 126995 more God’s glory imbued each of them. With this Jesus sensed Moses and Elijah within his direct presence. The glory of these prophets stemmed directly from God. The glory of known prophets was within Jesus as he merged withrepparttar 126996 power of God.

When Jesus reached towards unknown lands throughout earth, his heart blossomed. He felt a oneness with unrecognized prophets. Within them God’s love grew within realms that Jesus could not describe. The expansion of love and compassion extended from unique individuals. It was as if they came from unknown cultures throughoutrepparttar 126997 earth. Jesus considered all ofrepparttar 126998 different families radiating from Adam and Eve. At once a profound sweetness filled every sense, only to be suddenly overtaken by an almost unbearable bitterness.

In a moment’s notice Jesus opened his eyes. Instead of feeling hunger and thirst, an emptiness filled his belly. The first thought was how someone like Adam’s son Cain could be so deceived to think he’d profit by murdering his own brother Abel. Immediately millions of thoughts filled his mind. A predominant voice was heard, trying to coax Jesus into feeling better after such an intense experience. Like unwanted noise,repparttar 126999 voice pried between thoughts. A prideful tone told Jesus that he had seen and experienced it all. Jesus was God! Immediately, Jesus saw and felt millions of people worshipping him. They each praised him as God. Like thorns inrepparttar 127000 skull turning into thrones,repparttar 127001 voice continued to coax, reminding Jesus that he had done it.

Jesus had allrepparttar 127002 suffering he needed. Now wasrepparttar 127003 time to celebrate! Because of this experience, every day forrepparttar 127004 rest of his life should be a feast of pleasure. This was his time to enjoy, everything. He hadrepparttar 127005 power. With this power he could heal anyone. He could amaze and dazzle everyone.

How Jesus wanted to believe that God was speaking to him, yet somehow this voice wasn’t right. The voice was telling him that everything would be easy from now on out. And, how Jesus had already done all that was needed in this life. Beautiful women from his vision drifted into his mind, along with riches and luxury to satisfy any craving. Jesus experienced an uneasy feeling when realizing that each seductive image corresponded torepparttar 127006 voice he was hearing. With this, a recognizable burst of laughter shot up through his spine, then quickly faded.

The Devil had no power over Jesus. All thoughts were immediately turned towards God. Constant praise filled Jesus’ thoughts forrepparttar 127007 spiritual experience God provided. When truly in God's presence, Jesus felt his worthlessness. He was likerepparttar 127008 dust, yet God gave himrepparttar 127009 breath of life. This assurance from God overwhelmed Jesus with happiness and joy. God had given him so much. Right then and there -- as if done long ago -- Jesus promised God that he would do anything to serve. As God had given him life, he would gladly give his life for God. Complete comfort and security burned within. Jesus knew that his life was in God’s hands.

Feeling strong again and a little hungry, Jesus stood up. It was time to get back to his friends and share what happened. As he thoughtfully took step by step, he consideredrepparttar 127010 devil’s temptation. He also realized God’s presence, as if God watched everything, waiting for Jesus’ reactions. Here, inrepparttar 127011 subtleties between thoughts and feelings,repparttar 127012 clarity of truth was revealed. When back to himself, having awareness of his body and surroundings, he recognized a completely different realm. The prince of darkness, even Satan, filledrepparttar 127013 air with greed and lust. For a prolonged flash Satan seemed to take control, or at least tried to.

Satan was aware of anyone who leftrepparttar 127014 mundane dimensions and connected torepparttar 127015 purity of truth. The surface ofrepparttar 127016 earth became Satan’s realm where he tried to bend God’s will and inflict his own rules. Satan waited to corrupt and thereby traprepparttar 127017 power from every authentic spiritual experience. He was there every time to trick, deceive, and turn truth on its edge. This way, captured light could be smothered, buried deep within his dungeons. From every individual's communion or attempted communion with God, Satan arrived to try and wrench awayrepparttar 127018 spiritual power.

Jesus peeled through each ploy of Satan. People required undisturbed, untainted clarity. He would apply simple truths, containing eternal wisdom. As long as Jesus always put God first, God would guide every action. Now all that he had to do was to teach proper principles. The power of God would fillrepparttar 127019 law until it appeared new, as if etched inrepparttar 127020 heart. Love God and if true torepparttar 127021 self and God, God’s love would connect all neighbors.

Scot Aaron has a University degree in Religious Studies. He also created Independent Travel-Study Programs and spent years "backpacking" through many countries to learn about religion, history and culture. "Love Your Neighbors? Discover the Real World Religions" (ISBN 1-58916-777-5) is his most current book. Please visit his web pages at

The Christian-Muslim Conflict: From Scripture to Religions!

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"They are certainly unbelievers who say, 'God isrepparttar Messiah,repparttar 126983 son of Mary.' Forrepparttar 126984 Messiah had only said, 'O Children of Israel, serve God, who is my Lord and your Lord.' Whosoever associates others with God will have Paradise denied by God and shall be cast into hell. None shall helprepparttar 126985 evil-doers. They are certainly unbelievers who say, 'God is one person ofrepparttar 126986 three.' There is but one God. If they do not desist from saying what they say, those of them that disbelieve shall suffer stern punishment." (Koran 5:72-73) [5]

The Koran mentions Jesus in numerous scriptures. Muslims place Jesus withrepparttar 126987 other Jewish prophets. Jews reject Jesus asrepparttar 126988 Messiah! Christians sayrepparttar 126989 Jews killed Jesus! Muslims state Jews and Christians require Islam! Withrepparttar 126990 ever-popular Bible and Koran, potential conflict is written and widely circulated throughoutrepparttar 126991 world. This is a fact!

According to recent statistics, Christianity and Islam arerepparttar 126992 largest religions inrepparttar 126993 world, making up about 33% and 19.6% ofrepparttar 126994 population. [6] Many Christians and Muslims have experienced God's power in their lives. Both can agree that God representsrepparttar 126995 qualities of love and compassion. For religion to survive inrepparttar 126996 world, priorities must be established by leaders and members withinrepparttar 126997 major religions. Will this ever happen? Only God knows. As an author, I recognize, respect and affirmrepparttar 126998 spirituality within all world religions, yet discover contradictions withinrepparttar 126999 accepted foundations of each. Written scripture and traditions can pass along what obviously has and will lead to conflict. As intelligent humans, it is time to discoverrepparttar 127000 real world religions.

[1] Papias was said to have lived from 60-130 AD. None of his writings were found. Bishop Irenaeus, born around 140 AD, quoted Papias as saying, "Andrepparttar 127001 presbyter said this. Mark having becomerepparttar 127002 interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered. It was not, however, in exact order that he relatedrepparttar 127003 sayings or deeds of Christ. For he neither heardrepparttar 127004 Lord nor accompanied Him ... Matthew put togetherrepparttar 127005 oracles inrepparttar 127006 Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as best he could." Polycarp was said to live from 69-155 CE. Along with Papias,repparttar 127007 other Apostolic Fathers are: Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Hermas, andrepparttar 127008 authors of The Epistle of Barnabas, The Epistle to Diognetus, andrepparttar 127009 Didache. Selections from Irenaeus and “The Letter of Polycarp torepparttar 127010 Philippians” are translated byrepparttar 127011 Rev. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson from Volume I of The Ante-Nicene Fathers; American Edition, 1885; Electronic version,, 1997.

[2] My current book "Love Your Neighbors? Discoverrepparttar 127012 Real World Religions" mentions much more aboutrepparttar 127013 writer of this Gospel, particularlyrepparttar 127014 claim that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life after being dead for four days (John 11).

[3] The "Twelvers" arerepparttar 127015 larger group of minority Shi'ite Muslims. They believerepparttar 127016 twelfth leader in Muhammad's true line of successors disappeared and will return to restore order. Some might recognize similarities with Jesus' second coming.

[4] This verse clearly hints atrepparttar 127017 fact that Muhammad had corresponded with some individual, who was probably espoused with some form of Judaism or Christianity. Some scholars point out thatrepparttar 127018 “foreigner” might refer to Salmanrepparttar 127019 Persian, Adasrepparttar 127020 Monk, or Suhaib bin Sinan. The issue of Muhammad andrepparttar 127021 writing ofrepparttar 127022 Koran are detailed in "Love Your Neighbors? Discoverrepparttar 127023 Real World Religions."

[5] Muhammad knew Jews and Christians. During his lifetime individuals and groups espoused various views of Jesus. One group, Monophysites, flourished in Egypt and Syria. They said Jesus Christ had only one nature that was divine. Because these people completely associatedrepparttar 127024 divine power of Jesus Christ with God, it followed thatrepparttar 127025 actual humanity and suffering of Jesus were only apparent. Jesus was not actually crucified. The Crucifixion was an illusion. This was an early Christian view called Docetism, stemming fromrepparttar 127026 Greek "dokeo", “I seem.” There are indications that Monophysites, which heavily influencedrepparttar 127027 Christian traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy, held essential elements of this view where Christ’s suffering was “apparent,” or in other words an illusion. It might be noted that in 1984repparttar 127028 Syrian Orthodox patriarch andrepparttar 127029 Catholic pope signed a declaration proclaiming historical differences were due to linguistic inadequacies and that everything was semantics.

[6] References for these and other statistics: Barrett, D.B., G.T. Kurian, & T.M. Johnson, "World Christian Encyclopedia: a comparative survey of churches and religions inrepparttar 127030 modern world." Oxford University Press: NY, 2001; 2001 "Encyclopedia Britannica Book ofrepparttar 127031 Year"; "Time Almanac 2001"; and

________________________________ Scot Aaron has a University degree in Religious Studies. He also created Independent Travel-Study Programs and spent years "backpacking" through many countries to learn about religion, history and culture. "Love Your Neighbors? Discoverrepparttar 127032 Real World Religions" (ISBN 1-58916-777-5) is his most current book. Please visit his web pages at

Scot Aaron has a University degree in Religious Studies. He also created Independent Travel-Study Programs and spent years "backpacking" through many countries to learn about religion, history and culture. "Love Your Neighbors? Discover the Real World Religions" (ISBN 1-58916-777-5) is his most current book. Please visit his web pages at

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