Iddn’t That Special!

​Demetrius, Alexander The Great, Romulus, Julius Caesar, Octavian (Ceasar Augustus), Jesus Of Nazareth.

What is common among these is that they all were the “Lord”, “Savior Of The World”, “Redeemer Of Humanity”, “Prince Of Peace”, “Emanuel; God With Us”.

What is unique is the appearance of this idea, starting as notably far back as at least to 7 BCE, with Demetrius. What was unique becomes cliché the more the motif is employed; Jesus being the most trite, being the latest rendition. So what is least revealing about all of these titles and their meanings is scripture, since the archetype is nearly a millennia old prior to it being invoked on behalf of the apocalyptic Baptist from Galilee. And in its employ, we only see a declaration that a man many considered great, stood for a paradigm that brought hope to those belonging to one of these particular cults.

What is clear is that arguing for the uniqueness of Jesus in those terms is impossible without explicitly mandating that there are indeed true Scotsmen and this logical error can be set aside, at least in this special case, which invokes yet another well known mistake in reasoning going by that very name.

It can only be said that, competing with the cult of Ceasar, calling Jesus “Lord” or “Savior” (et. al.) is better taken as a challenge of the Roman paradigm of “Peace Through Victory” with Jesus’ “Peace Through Social Justice”. As a well-known theologian puts it: “Not that guy! This guy! Not Ceasar but Jesus!” To ascribe more to Christ than this meaning in motif is only an attempt to tie the cult of Jesus to Judaism through even more prexisting Hebrew and Greek philosophies such as Memra, Logos, Platonic duality and stoic ethics, which by the time of the writing of the Gospels, are indistinguishable from “The Mediations” of Marcus Aurelius, including loving your enemy and turning the other cheek.

Surely an interested student of Jesus, seeking to understand him, wouldn’t forever claim uniqueness of the man while his contemporaries are exactly identical! Surely such a student would eventually become unsatisfied with the empty rhetotic of demanding “But in Jesus’ case, all of this IS true!” Just as surely, at least Protestant Christians haven’t yet found it at all dissatisfying.

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