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The problem with understanding is that many people do not want to put His teachings into practice in their own lives.

Which brings us full-circle back to giving away your stuff, hating your family to be his disciple, etc. Are those to be followed literally, or are they open to interpretation? And, bringing in other elements of this discussion, how much cultural context is needed (if any) in making that determination?

I don't have the answers. As Bryan pointed out I'm not convinced there was a single individual (Yeshu) upon whom the stories are based (maybe there was, I don't know). I'm just asking.

Which I should probably stop for now. I have a feeling we're about to start flagellating a deceased equine. :-)

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