My heroes have always been truth-tellers. The dissidents, the heretics, the whistle blowers, and the prophets. In their own time, most often they are marginalized, ridiculed, even imprisoned and worse, for challenging the sacred myths of those in power. Often it is not until much later, long after their own deaths in many cases, that history shows they were right to speak out. They told the truth and they did the world a good service.
So there’s actually kind of this interesting similarity, I think, between the Muslim Jesus and the historical Jesus of the Jesus Seminar.
Jesus says in his society there is a new way for [people] to live:
You show wisdom, by trusting people;
You handle leadership, by serving;
You handle offenders, by forgiving;
You handle money, by sharing;
You handle enemies, by loving;
And you handle violence, by suffering.
You are no longer Jew or Greek, no longer slave or freeborn, no longer “male and female.” Instead, you all have the same status in the service of God’s Anointed, Jesus.
You can never make significant change unless you’re kind of crazy. You might need to drop some acid to get to that level of consciousness. That or read the Hebrew prophets with new eyes. Or both.