Dear Folks -
This is the first of two talks.
In this one I begin by explaining how it is that current biblical scholarship has made determinations about what Jesus did and didn't say. This, to me, is a most important matter because some people misread the "scriptures" of their religion to justify all sorts of horrible things. Words have been put into the mouth of Jesus that he never uttered.
Then I introduce a parable that Jesus likely didn't himself give but one that does reflect an issue that the early church and all people now have to contend with. Namely, how do we tell the "good guys" from the "bad." What I end up saying, and will amplify on next week, is that if we can stop the wars within us, we can create a more peaceful world without.
The full text I used for this talk is below. There is more content on the audio version.