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Why Jesus
by Jonathan Boustead
03/30/11
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ONE I'm a Christian.
TWO And I'm a lot.
ONE I'm a what?
TWO Weird.
ONE What is?
TWO You're a what.
ONE No. You're a what?
TWO I'm a lot.
ONE Yes, which is what?
TWO Oh. I see. Beg your pardon. Bit of everything. This and that.
ONE Are you confused?
TWO Slightly.
ONE No. With your faith. Are you confused?
TWO Oh No, no. Not at all. I am what I am. And I will where I will...
ONE OK...Any specifics?
TWO Nein.
ONE Nine?
TWO Ja. Nein.
ONE Oh nein. None. (to audience) German.
TWO That's right. Specificity breeds complexity, which hinders all simplicity.
ONE Right. Right.
TWO Faith is in the eye of the beholder.
ONE That's beauty.
TWO Is it?

Beat.

ONE Do you even have a faith?
TWO If you're talking about one that is defined by religious constrictions, and labels, then no. My faith is free from definition. No convictions. No restrictions, reservations, hesitations...
ONE Any direction?
TWO Any direction. Exactly...no stipulations.
ONE No absolutes.
TWO Nope. Absolutely not.

Beat.

ONE And what about truth?
TWO There are no absolute truths.
ONE Right. And that's the truth?
TWO Yes.

Beat.

Oh.
ONE So, you're a multi-faith kind of person.
TWO Sure, if you want to stick a label on it. I fall under all religious brackets, but at the same time, none. They all have a common understanding of love and acceptance. Christianity alone, as in on it's own, is vanity. And hinders inner purity.
ONE Wow.
TWO That's right.
ONE (to audience) Well I'm one faith, and one way to God.
TWO And I'm Oprah Winfrey!

Pause.

We're on the same wavelength.
ONE Doesn't really make you her though, does it?
TWO Kind of.
ONE Not really though.
TWO We are of one mind. That all faiths lead to God. The unsearchable source of everything. Our creator. Mother nature.
ONE Because to you, God is...
TWO God is love, and as love God brings all people to God.
ONE Right.
TWO God is spirit. God is everywhere, and in everything...
ONE OK...
TWO But, basically I think to follow one man, or one faith, is a little narrow minded, and excludes the human right to explore truth for what it may or may not be. And that breeds conflict. God wants us to find our way, our way.
ONE How selfish of Him.
TWO How do you mean?
ONE Letting us fend and fight for ourselves like that, without offering us any clear direction...do you think He gets a kick out of it?

Pause.

TWO It builds character.
ONE It builds barriers.
TWO Exclusivity builds barriers. Christianity is exclusive.
ONE In a sense, yes. Because Christ said He was the way, the TRUTH, and the life. Exclusively.
TWO Without exception.
ONE That's right. But He said any one can call on Him, and be saved. That's inclusive.
TWO He had his moments, yes. But He wasn't always right.
ONE So you believe He existed then?
TWO Yes, He's a historical figure. There's no argument that He existed.
ONE Just that He wasn't Who He said He was.
TWO No. How can you believe everything He said?
ONE Because if I don't believe He was God, then I'm following a mad man.
TWO He wasn't mad. He was a good moral teacher.
ONE Who claimed to be God 'at one with the Father'...
TWO Right. But he wasn't.
ONE So he was a liar?
TWO He was a good man.
ONE A moral liar.

Beat.

TWO He taught us to love our neighbours, and love God.
ONE Which must have meant 'lie to your neighbours, and pretend to be God.'
TWO No.
ONE So, was He joking? He tricks all of His friends, and countless others over the generations, and leads them to their own martyrdom, because they believed Him when He said He was the Son of God...
TWO Well...
ONE Not so moral now, eh? If He is not Who He says He is, then He's cruel.

Beat.

The Bible says -
TWO 'The Bible says', how can you believe in a book so old, and dare I say, irrelevant?
ONE You said God is love.
TWO Yes.
ONE And where do you think it says that?
TWO Well, OK, parts of it are relevant, yes.
ONE Right, that's good. A pick n' mix faith. Much more stable.
TWO I said I agree with some of it.
ONE Yeah. The nice bits are easier to swallow.

Beat.

TWO But it's not completely accurate.
ONE The historical accuracy of the New Testament wipes the floor with any other ancient manuscript.
TWO Really?
ONE Really. Jesus came, died and rose again, so that we could be forgiven, and enjoy eternal life, with God the Father.
TWO Forgive us of what? We're not all bad.
ONE Everybody has fallen short of God's standards one way or another.
TWO So we're all in the same boat.
ONE Not if we accept Christ's Salvation.
TWO But why Jesus? Why is He the only way?
ONE Do you believe God to be a sadist?
TWO No.
ONE But if there was any other way to have forgiveness from God, and a relationship with Him...and Jesus wasn't the only way to God, then His crucifixion was unnecessary and nothing short of sadistic. And we know it happened...Where is the love in that? Why would God sacrifice Himself, in the form of His only Son, if there were any other means of redemption?
TWO Well I...I don't believe He would.
ONE Exactly. Because He wouldn't.

Jonathan Boustead 2011

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