I do agree there was something christ-like and redemptive about Martin Luther King- and to call King an "anointed one" is not far from the truth. To say the Spirit of Christ rested upon Martin- yes, true.
But, George: my friend, pal, emergent post-modern neo-theologist...to say that Jesus of Nazareth played the same kind of role as MLK, when Jesus obedience to God, his death and his resurrection is the very gateway to salvation- that served a far greater purpose for the untold billions of Jesus-followers and the history of the world.
Heck, even Beyond the Beyond was affected by the act of Jesus' death and resurrection.
I think you can tend to easily place the argument that Jewish thought of the day was a unified, core belief. The reality is that there were many schools of thought within the hebrew world- so some may have believed in many messiahs, but others were looking for the very messiah that was spoken of by Daniel, and Isaiah. Some believed is a suffering messiah, others believed there was also a political messiah. It's all in the interpretation, really. I mean, one can argue that Plato and other philosophers believed in the idea of one perfect messiah to arrive on earth.
Redemption leads us into uncharted territory, gives us something to live for, and causes us to destroy all of our religious safety nets, this is true, and a good source of pondering, which your posts always cause me to do....Peace
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