i am reading the book of mark
it is a separately issued as a small booklet
with an excellent intro by nick cave (no less…who gives it two thumbs up!)
so here we are
one of the five books that really are of interest to me from the bible
the others being matthew luke john and revelations
i do not care for st paul
he is a authoritarian type laying down his rules
the very opposite of our man
now this reading of mark that i will write about begs many questions
i will say that most christians ruin it for christ!
in a typically human fashion we have taken this mans words and
whilst claiming to follow him
we have done the very opposite
so many hindus have said
if you are christians why dont you follow his teachings??!!
and it is a question that needs answering
why the very most “christian'” of people nowadays would dismay christ no end
i mean do you think if christ were to meet say W
he would say good on you mate , youve really understood my message…!
if you think the answer is yes then you should stop reading this now !
cos that aint the message i’m picking up from this guy i’m reading about….
i’m not reading about some timid law abiding traditional picket fence type here
i’m reading a truly wild revolutionary troubled anguished cat
who is basically the ultimate socialist you can imagine
because he already digs that material possessions are traps
and you need to free yourself of lust for stuff
buddha knows that
krsna knows that
sjk knows that
you cant straddle both worlds easily baby
you gotta let it all go!
another thing people say is do you believe in jesus?
and according to whatever i say bombard ya with the pros n cons
history says this
some historian says that…
i dont fucking care!
i dont care if he existed or not…can you believe that?
i cant even begin to answer the question do you believe in jesus?
do i believe in all the accretions and spin doctoring of the church . nope!
i reckon the boy buggering priests have just about put me off …howabout you?
the great wealth and arrogance of the popes
the evil they have done
the witch hunts and suppression of knowledge
the persecutions and maimings …all in jesus name!
for christs sake
yet still the same types are using christs name to justify all the things he reviled
i reckon christ (if he existed) would hate napalm, bullets, sanctions, a-bombs, mines, tanks etc
i reckon he would love charity and help for the aged and poor
i reckon he would advocate tolerance and understanding
yet the geezers masquerading as christians are dealing you out the very opposite!
ha ha that my friends is a great wonder right there…..
there is however from i what ive read so far
the possibility that i am not understanding the bits
that advocate tycoons and wars being good things
perhaps it got lost in my translation
so whether i believe in jesus or not….
the question is not framed properly
one must read this book mark with an open mind and heart
can you forget for a moment the idea of some faux historical accuracy
and dig this cat
this brilliant cat at conflict with everyone
with the disciples
with the big knobs in the temple
with the average joe
with the local kings n queens
i tell you this
( i ve read the bible before, i am re reading it now)
jesus and krsna have many things in common
an evil king who murdered infants to avoid a prophecy
but who was not successful in stopping these gods from materialising
and their ability to both confound and fulfil the religious laws of the time
both of them broke the rules in almost everything they did
this is the mark of a true hero a true genius of love
and they both died unfitting deaths for such great and beautiful men
do i believe they actually existed like you and i exist?
like i exist here in my blog?
or like i exist here in bob luries book?
or as i exist in martys amazing recollections in the reissues ?
or as i exist in my songs ?
does it matter?
when i am dead will my life matter as long as my songs make people happy?
so yeah the book of mark
hes healing people
hes pulling a big crowd everywhere
hes starting to piss people off too
people dont like this kinda healing, give all yer money away stuff!
i tell ya i dont envy jesus his gig!
his own disciples can be the most flaky doubtful crowd ever
after all he does theyre still not sure
they still misinterpret his wishes
no one seems to understand what hes trying to do
what the fuck is he trying to do?
well hes not really sure is he
i mean remember he is a human being
with every temptation and every failing to overcome
he loves people so much he cant help healing em!
he starts healing em and how can he stop?
with his compassion he has fallen into a trap
are they listening or do they want healing n miracles?
its all outta control from virtually the word go
devils unmask him in the street
he performs more exorcisms than youve had hot dinners in the first five minutes
i mean mark sets christ down and hes immediately running
no away in the manger stuff no childhood
did christ go to india?
i’d say he deffo went somewhere n studied something
cos when he suddenly appears getting baptised johnny the baptist can dig it!
i am not fit to do up the catches on your sandals! says j the b
and dig this , this beautiful phrase that christ uses in raising a deathly girl
he says in aramaic i guess
man that phrase i never noticed it before
that phrase seeing it written down there
as jesus the most beautiful cat ever
with his heart full of soul
the man of sorrows
and he says in this most beautiful language this magical spell
maiden rise! it is in english (but thats fucking hopeless!)
oh god how christ loved people
how he loved it when they showed faith and courage
how dismayed at the hard heartedness of the local rightwing mofos
ruining it then as usual
as it is now
same as it ever was!
the wicked kings
the bloated emperors
the cruel ignorant soldiers
the scheming priests
the clueless mob who would eventually turn on him
man his world is full of snakes
and so few ladders
always he is seeking solitude and prayer
he is worn out by all this
doesnt seem like he asked for it but what is he to do…?
he has to glorify god….
now here is a tricky thing
as we realise jesus is a victim of his zeitgeist like all men
he spoke about his father but his father is all our fathers too
but i find it very hard to reconcile JC and crankypants Jehovah
who has every nasty quality in spades that you dont want in yer deity
i mean the israelites are his chosen people ok
but where the fuck does that leave me?
yeah anyway i dont approve of all that rubbish in the old testa
that aint no good book….its a bloody and boring mythology of a desert tribe
that freely borrows from all the myths that came before
and quite nasty in a lot of places!
however with mark
there is something brand new afoot
its not the miracles and healing
even without that
its something else
an indiscernable wonder that somehow exists between the words
i will bring you more as i read more
i am a pantheist
i dig all gods because they are part of the one true immanent god
a god so fucking transcendent he makes jehovah look like vanilla ice
this particular transcendent god speaks through jesus to me
but he speaks through krsna to me
and the beatles too
i believe this more than i believe anything else
god is great beyond greatness
and we are tiny parts of this
so open your heart
and be a part