Originally Posted by angryllama
Jesus in no way promoted life away from the synagogue. Jesus observed tradition like everyone else. Jesus promoted the individual accountability of everyone involved. He promoted individual accountability all the way up the Temple hierarchy.
He did, did he?
From my understanding the bible is written on several levels, and one thing always stuck in my mind:
"No one comes to the Father except through me"
Who is the Father? Who is "me."
Jesus chastizes his disciples repeatedly when then take him literally.
"I only speak in parables," says Jesus at one point.
His whole life and existence was a parable; a teaching story. His "true" followers would have written the gospels in the same fashion.