Don't worry, you're still on the right blog site. When Serena asked me recently about my posting on the Anglican Communion it occurred to me that I had never made my present religious views clear. I feel I should do this so that you know my prejudices other than the creative phrases I have heard such as dismissing all as "superstition or fairy tales."
I spent two years as a church lector in a Roman Catholic church. I also went on three, count em, three week-long Trappist retreats in Kentucky. I helped to care for my parish priest when he had a stroke on Christmas Day and regularly visited him and cared for him afterward. I have personal friends, and former lovers, who have been Catholic priests. I was interdenominational in that I also enjoyed couplings with African missionaries and Baptist ministers who were prepared to enjoy a bit of lust with me, but only after talking with me about their beliefs. I did that for a selfish reason that the interest in impressing me with intellect would diminish after the sexual act so I first wanted the best they could give me above their shirt collars before I insisted upon the best they could give me below.
If you would like an opinion from an Adventist please know I never slept with one...
Jesus would say what he always said and it would have been located within Judaism. The "first pope" Peter, "The Rock" upon whom Christ would build his church was a Jew and died a Jew. He headed "The Jerusalem Church" which was interested in working within Judaism to reform it and create an enlightenment upon an already ancient religion.
And then along came a money management specialist, and a tax collector, a Roman Citizen, a man who never met Jesus, but still given the title "apostle" by the Roman Catholic Church, which was a direct descendant of "The Pauline Christian Church." "The Jerusalem Church" doesn't get much press anymore as it did not survive to effect change within Judaism and the differences between Jews and Christians began. Courtesy of Paul, the first Evangelist, we have endured 1900 or so years of religious strife between Christians and Jews. Thank you, Paul, but what would Jesus say?
Peter tried to be a missionary, but could never keep up with Paul in his travels. Paul was a silver tongued, stubborn to his opinions, orator, organizer and egotist. And certainly if we were to judge by size, political influence and wealth he certainly won the ultimate argument, but what would Jesus say? The original message of Christ has been interpreted and preserved with convenient errors by the descendants of Pauline Christianity embodied in the present pope.
The lies, political influence, money and power are the superstitions and fairy tales of which one must be wary. Do you find illumination in the gold brocade of a priest's robes or the golden interior of a chalice wherein lies the mystery of the transfiguration of the Body and Blood of Christ? Do you find Christ's hand in the incredible body of religious art created over a thousand year span of Roman Catholic hegemony in Europe? Sorry, to both of these I have to say I do not.
What would Jesus say exactly I have no way of knowing. Particularly, neither does anyone else know but accept as a matter of "faith." I have no faith as defined by an organization or temporal entity, (they are without exception corrupt) but I find great comfort in my own private spirituality and my sense that I am my own source. I love to think about religion and refine and redefine my own thoughts about it. I enjoy reading about it while not necessarily believing what I read, but place it among those things I am glad to have taken time to think about.
And I have learned to be open to the best in people, religions and practices that do less to harm the world than the greedy, narrow, path I once walked. My journey along my path of self examination is far from over, and I have no way of knowing how it will end or what I will believe at the end of the path. It is the journey that is the exciting part, the mystery and brilliance within you is the reward. Even if it is totally "not about God" meditation I hope you visit yourself soon.