Yesterday was Jesus’ Birthday. We all know what Jesus looked like, don’t we? He was the dude with the long hair and a beard who is probably the most painted person ever to have lived – if you believe that he did actually live. He always wore a long robe with long sleeves (mostly white) and a mantle (often blue). Jesus is so familiar to us that people often see his likeness in pieces of toast or pancakes. It is now known that this familiar image of Jesus actually comes from the Byzantine era, from the 4th Century onwards, and Byzantine representations of Jesus were symbolic – they were all about meaning, not historical accuracy. So did he really look like this? The answer is probably not!
Here at Jammy Toast we don’t often get involved with politics, or religious bigotry for that matter, but the time has come for us to speak out. Surely part of any religion must be to live and let live. No religion, or its followers, has the right to impose its will or beliefs on anyone else – and that includes Islamists. However, this is what has happened in Istanbul in Turkey. One of our favourite groups Radiohead, have also condemned an attack on people listening to their new album at a record store.
After the last supper Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver, Peter denied knowing Him three times, and Thomas doubted Jesus had risen from the dead after the crucifixion. The Easter story tells us what happened to Jesus but what happened to his so called friends? What happened to his disciples, who became the 12 Apostles? Very little is known about their lives after the crucifixion but now writer Tom Bissell, who has spent four years travelling the world, has unearthed the stories, myths and legend about their later lives. He found a melting pot of historical fact and religious fiction making for very colourful tales…
One thing which we humans have to worry about and teddy bears don’t is just what happens to us when we die. For years I have heard stories of near-death experiences where people see bright lights and just as they are about to enter into the light they are brought back to life. Too many people say the same thing about near-death experiences for it to be something which someone has made up or dreamt. So just what does happen when we die, does anybody know?
With all this talk of religion, and a new Pope being elected at the moment, I suddenly had a thought – are the bears religious? I am pretty sure the subject of religion and god and has never popped its head prior to today, so I thought I would ask a few questions. Einstein is always the bear who seems to be the expert on most issues so I decided I would ask him. According to him, the bears have their own religion which is based around Buddy Christ.
We were all baffled last night as to how the world did not end at 6 o’clock. The followers of the evangelical broadcaster who declared that yesterday would be judgement day are fighting to make sense of his failed prediction. Some of them said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without the event taking place. Meanwhile, the man who made the prediction, Harold Camping, has not been seen since just before his predictions deadline last night.
The Bears would like to wish all the Friends of The Bears a very Happy Valentine’s Day. We make this wish every year but this time we thought we would look at how Saint Valentine’s Day, the name by which it first started, came into being. There are numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The Valentines honoured on 14th February are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred in about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome. Valentine of Terni became Bishop of Interamna in about AD 197 and is thought to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia.
Being human, we believe we are the superior race on this planet and we have the right to self-determination and freedom of worship. However, also being human we cannot decide on who is the overall God and so we have many different religions. Some believe in God and some don’t. Some believe in God but call him Mohammed or Hare Krishna. Meanwhile, Bears don’t believe in a divine being; instead they just get on with their lives, watching daytime telly and eating their Jammy Toast.