Jackson Browne: The Rebel Jesus

The Rebel Jesus
By Jackson Browne

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants’ windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God’s graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus
Well they call him by ‘the Prince of Peace’
And they call him by ‘the Savior’
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
While their faith in him increases
But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber’s den
In the words of the rebel Jesus
Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus
Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

Christian Text: The Rays

Here’s a word by Peter Deunov, the Bulgarian mystic, about the color rays. Deunov links rays of light to various Christian scriptures. See attached PDF. Zavet_2013_eng Deunov Color Rays

And here’s a musical piece based on this understanding:

Bob Dylan: Spirituality

Bob Dylan, icon of the counterculture, became a born-again Christian in 1979. Reportedly, a few years later, he later reverted to the Judaism of his upbringing.

For his Jewish commitments, see: Article Bob Dylan Judaism

Here’s a description of his conversion: On Dylan’s Conversion from the UK newspaper, the The Independent

Ian Bell, in his excellent biography The Lives of Bob Dylan, recounts that though there had been some religious and biblical imagery in Dylan’s lyrics of the Sixties and early and mid-Seventies, it was in 1978 that the artist found God. And it happened in a Tucson hotel room. Certainly Dylan has gone on record saying that late in 1978 he sensed “a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus”, and even felt a hand placed upon him. “Jesus put his hand on me,” he went on, “It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.

Here is a song written in his Christian period.

Here’s an interview about his Christian beliefs:

Here he is about spiritual matters, generally:

Zig Ziglar: The Victorious Life

Hello All,

I post this interview because Ziglar’s Christian philosophy offers an antidote to the world-denying ethos of suffering, which is prevalent in some Christian piety. Ziglar asserts that the life of faith (and morality generally) lead one to success and happiness, in this world here and now. Our happiness is not relegated to the distant hereafter even though the fate of our life here and now does, in some way, hinge on our sense of the eternal. Please note that I do not agree with all of Ziglar’s views nor with the conservative Christian morality that he presupposes.

Here’s his faith testimony. See link: Confessions of a Happy Christian


Jewish Divine Healing (by Alfred G. Moses)

Link to Divine Science Jewish

This book (see link above) demonstrates how divine healing works in Judaism. The author draws significantly from the Hasidic lineage, which has been widespread in Europe and the US since the 18th century. Divine Science is equivalent, the author says, to the Jewish understanding of Wisdom, plentifully documented throughout the Bible and Jewish traditions.  Please follow the link above for a pdf of the book.

Jewish Divine Science, discussed by this author, is in conversation with Christian Science. The author strongly rejects Christian Science and advises Jews to look for healing within their own Jewish traditions.