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The Hidden Story of Jesus – Part 2

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The Hidden Story of Jesus – Part 2 (2007)

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Renowned theologian Robert Beckford examines the radical differences between the Christian Jesus and that of Judaism and Islam. In Judaism Jesus is seen at best as a charismatic teacher, healer and prophet and at worst as an illegitimate magician and dangerous heretic. How much of this vilification was in direct response to growing Christian anti-Semitism? And why has Jesus seen a revival among some small sects of Jews, even to the extent of being seen as a Messiah. In Islam, Jesus or ‘Issa’ is a central figure, although his story and purpose is profoundly different. Not the son of God, he is seen as the most pre-eminent prophet after Mohammad himself. For Muslims, his life has two phases: firstly as a prophet to Israel and secondly at his second coming when he, as a follower of Muhammad, will fight Dajjal (the anti-Christ), and help Muslims to change the world into an Islamic abode. How do all these interpretations of Jesus fit together?

Dr. Robert Beckford
David Batty

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stormpreacher, posted on February 10, 2015

Gaiamtv keeps auto-reverting to maximum volume when it loads, each time. It would be great if the Gaiam system would retain the volume a viewer sets, throughout a viewing session.
Gaiamtv also repetitively has to stop and finish loading most films--which again triggers the volume control to maximize...same thing each time a comment is posted: the film hiccups and reverts to max. volume.
A very rude intrusion to the ears, especially during night-time viewing!

stormpreacher, posted on January 20, 2015

He refers to how so many religions focus on the birth and death, but far less on WHY so many actually followed Jesus in the 1st place: His Teachings! That the Book of Thomas is considered 'heresy' by so many, now, demonstrates how derailed religious dogmas have misled, by focusing heavily on death and suffering. In some instances, condoning activities which SEEM to build religious passion, but which do nothing but drama, as when some people annually do passionate reenactment of Jesus' Crucifixion--which in no way does anything constructive for anyone...a dramatic facade lacking actual substance, which churches have perpetrated, to better control the masses of populations over time...prevent the kind of Jesus-teachings that engendered Gandhi's salt march, or Martin Luther King's protests, one woman's epic tree-sitting to save ancient redwoods, or even the peaceful Quaker protesters locked up by Bush's regime to prevent his 911 war efforts getting impeded.
Dogma's smoke and mirrors has caused great troubles over the last 2000 years, which might have been avoided, perhaps, if The Teachings had been the emphasis.
What might the world look like, IF all religions focused on those, instead of mostly focusing on his birth and death, now? What if people started now, to refocus on those teachings, and putting His death into context in which it was done, the ultimate protest which revealed the violence of the leadership of that time? That violence is still going on today--violence against nature, against humanity, etc....How many would give up everything to follow Him, His teachings?

cathymoyer, posted on January 1, 2015

I think it's a very clever technique to exalt Jesus in this film but portray Christians poorly or criticize people who have a belief in the divinity of Jesus, not just a wise man who walked the earth. I think we need to get past the disdain for Christians if we are to really come together as a society. Many people may look down on the way Christians worship or their beliefs or imperfections, but please consider the good: for example all of the missions to the poor all over the world. I noticed that Gaiam wouldn't dare post a critical video of other faiths. So please respect my faith and understand that we are all not the same. Please respect our reverence for the divine Christ as you would your own faith.

stormpreacher, posted on February 10, 2015

This was very even-handed presentation; no religion was singled-out or picked upon.
Those who feel this was anti-Christian, would only be matched in their fear, by their counterparts in every religion included in he discussion...which was all of them except indigenous Spiritual traditions--Pagan, to put a label--are not represented as much, but even these were mentioned.
Anyone who seriously thinks this part-2 film is 'out-to-get-them', best take a hard look at what their own church has been teaching them, and why. Christians who think this way, are no different than Muslims, Jews, and others, who might also be suffering a 'persecution complex' indoctrinated into them by their leaders.
Anyone suffering that kind of fear, must question that. Trouble is, so many no longer recognize that they exist in perpetual states of to see fear for what it is.
Fear, is NOT what Jesus taught.
My God vs. Your God, is not what Jesus taught, either.
Jesus was NOT tolerant of leadership promoting fraud upon the public.
He was NOT tolerant of abuse in any way, no matter who did it, or at what level it was done.
Leaderships which promote and capitalize on fear, be they religious or secular, ONLY do that to prevent subjects from seeing what's really going on; prevents people recognizing what leaders are really getting away with; it greatly helps control populations, to garner public support for their sometimes perverse keep people ignorant, fearful, misled.

You must choose Love or fear. You cannot hold both in your heart at the same time.
You must choose which dogs to feed--the scary ones that cause you harm, or the loving ones that could save you.

Tammylynnhoney, posted on December 25, 2014

His message is Peace, Love and matter the details. Beautifully portrayed. Bravo.

PatriciaF3, posted on September 11, 2014

Thank you for this wonderful documentary. I so appreciate all this information and couldn't agree with you more: follow Jesus' teachings every day and live from the HEART.

jcheng6511, posted on August 11, 2014

My eyes are open. My mind is open.

lisa33612, posted on June 26, 2014

A moving documentary on the real Jesus - thank you Dr. Beckford!

COLETTEN, posted on January 4, 2014

In this film Dr Robert Beckford touches the very kernel of our being with truth of Jesus. What a different world we would live in if we just focused on the teachings of Jesus.
Thank you Dr Beckford, and thank you Gaiamtv.

illuminations44, posted on September 15, 2013

I am deeply touched by this investigation. Films like this are the very reason I subscribe to Gaiam TV. I intend to share this with everyone I know. Interesting to notice Jesus's people....they claim to be the most persecuted people on the planet, yet they appear to be the most oppressive. With love comes freedom.

jasummers, posted on April 9, 2013

~*Namaste*~ I am moved and inspired: Thank you for this GREAT effort and production. It is my passion for all Beings to be free from suffering. I believe in Jesus Christ; however I am a practicing Hare Krsna. I believe that it is the Will of The HIghest Good that Created Humans. We are all from this. The movie "happy" presents that "positive psychology" has found that service to others, compassion and gratitude, are proven elements of long lasting human happiness. Why is this so? The atman lives in all humans. The Creator(s) created us all, the rhetoric and dogma that keeps us separated is not salvation, but suffering sourced from pride, vanity, ego and fear. Who did what, when, is the teachings. What good is being "right" if we don't live the teachings? Hypocrisy deters those who would believe. May we see our unity through our diversity and uplift rather than oppress, help rather than control, and forgive rather than condemn. To me this was the message of this well research and sincere documentary. Hari Om Tat Sat

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