"Both President Obama and Governor Romney have had to repeatedly address their views about an itinerant rabbi who lived 2000 years ago.
But why does anyone care?
Yale historian Jeroslav Pelikan wrote, 'Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western Culture for almost 20 centuries. If it were possible, with some sort of super magnet, to pull up out of history every scrap of metal bearing at least a trace of his name, how much would be left?'
It turns out that the life of Jesus is a comet with an exceedingly long tale.
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Of course, it is remarkable that this rugged fisherman who was brought up as an educated laborer should still, after 2000 years, have such an indelible influence on our world. His goodness remains as the perfect response to, and the perfect refuge from, the shallow wisdom of the world. From Jesus we can see how to nurture the love of truth, beauty and goodness in our human lives thereby raising our commonplace existences to the noblest heights with the most promising and hopeful destiny. We can transcend all that is worldly, even while in the world.
From The Urantia Book:
195:6.9 The materialistic sociologist of today surveys a community, makes a report thereon, and leaves the people as he found them. Nineteen hundred years ago, unlearned Galileans surveyed Jesus giving his life as a spiritual contribution to man’s inner experience and then went out and turned the whole Roman Empire upside down.