is jesus too normal?

August 22, 2004

I had an intriguing conversation with a friend a few days ago. He was in a conversation with a friend of his who was asking all sorts of questions about who Jesus was. One of his questions was whether or not Mary Magdalene was the girlfriend of Jesus. His reasoning was that it just didn’t seem reasonable that Jesus could remain celibate for 33 years.

Interesting enough, this guy is very interested in buddhism. The Dalai Lama and buddhist monks apparently have no problems pursuing a life of abstinence. Why would someone not question that, but question Jesus’ ability to do it?

I suppose our first reaction would typically be to blame satan for deceiving people. Or perhaps to blame the world for being so blind to who Jesus is/was. Maybe we should blame his followers (including me)? Perhaps our spirituality, at least in western culture, has not shown its mystical edge. And if Jesus’ followers don’t seem mystical, perhaps his don’t as well…

But what does it look like to be a mystical Jesus follower?

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