The One Thing Even Jesus Didn’t Want To Do

The One Thing Even Jesus Didn’t Want To Do July 23, 2015

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Culture has a tendency to quietly whisper in our ear that independence is a beautiful thing– but we were made for so much more than being independent.

We value the concept of being self-made, culture tells us that we must be primarily true to ourselves, and having an independent personality is generally seen as a strength. Culture tells us these things…but the message of Jesus does not.

With the powerful waters of culture surrounding us from the moment of birth, we unintentionally end up with a faith that is often more influenced by aspects of the culture around us than a faith rooted in the undiluted, radical message of Jesus. As we live out a faith that is blindly infused with an individualistic culture, we end up with a distorted approach to faith that leaves us lonely, isolated, and alone.

 In order to not only rediscover the radical message of Jesus, but in order to actually have a shot at living this out in an authentic way, we must return to the truth discovered in God’s original plan for humanity—we need to return to the beginning. In returning to the beginning, we are able to see that we were not made to be completely independent as culture too often teaches us, but instead were designed to live in undiluted community with others—something reaffirmed in the life of Jesus.

 The Creation Poem of Genesis 1 tells a beautiful story of the God who masterfully created everything. The author of Genesis goes on to tell us that when God finished with the process of creation he stepped back, had a good look, and pronounced that all of it was “good.”

God created light…and God saw that it was good.

God separated land from the sea…and God saw that it was good.

God created vegetation…and God saw that it was good.

God created the sun and the moon…and God saw that it was good.

God created the animals of the seas…and God saw that it was good.

God created the animals of the land…and God saw that it was good.

God created humanity…and God saw that it was good.

 Clearly, God was happy with everything he created, and pronounced every single part of it to be “good.” However, God had yet to create a second human; the Adam figure of the poem was completely alone. God notices this and in Genesis 2, when he looked at a single human being living alone, outside the context of community, we finally hear God say something he hadn’t said before:

“It’s not good to be alone,” God pronounces.

God knew it wouldn’t be healthy for Adam to live life on his own, outside of community with others. That, God said, would not be good. To rectify the situation God created the first community of two, and invited them to experience life together in intimate and meaningful ways. Seeing that community, relationships, and an authentic sharing of life with others to be good and beautiful, God actually commands them to go out and make even more community, together.

Living life as an individual apart from authentic and intimate communal relationships was never part of the deal. From the first humans created, God created us to be communal beings who crave, and actually need, to live life in the context of authentic, interdependent relationships with others.

We were created for community.

 We even see that God himself wanted “in” when it came to this new community, as he took afternoon walks with them during the cool part of the day—building and participating in community with them. God even went looking for them when He realized the relationship had been damaged and needed restoration, as one does in the context of authentic, communal relationships.

 From the very beginning we were created not for rugged individualism and independence, but for community with others. As we rediscover the radical message of Jesus, we find that He reaffirms not our cultural appreciation for individualism, but God’s original plan that we do life in the context of community.

We were created as relational beings for the purpose of enjoying community with the divine, and one of the primary ways God intended that to be experienced was in and through authentic, intimate relationships with other people. Our ability to most fully experience the divine is directly linked to our ability to most fully experience relationships with other human beings.

One without the other is not the undiluted life in community God created us to experience.

Someone once asked Gandhi for a sermon, and his reply was, “My life is my sermon.” In the same way, we see how Jesus chose to live his adult life as perhaps one of his most potent sermons of all. While our contemporary Christian culture places value on the unholy trinity of buildings, bodies, and bucks, Jesus—the wisest teacher who ever lived and central figure in human history—was a homeless man who instead lived his life investing in authentic community with twelve close friends. We see them wrestle with the radical nature of his message together, share meals together, serve the poor and hungry together, and share life’s burdens with one another.

 It is easy for us to look at the gospel narrative and mistakenly see Jesus and his disciples as simply a traveling teacher with his traveling students—but the story is much more than that. Throughout their time together we see that this was a mutual, two-way community, with Jesus not only leading his disciples, but serving them as well, as we see him gently wash their dusty feet. We find Jesus not only comforting and sharing the burdens of his disciples, but also asking them to share his own burdens, too. In fact, on the last night of his life, we see Jesus practically beg them to sit up and keep him company during his darkest ours—as fear and anxiety over the future nearly overwhelmed him.

The Son of God himself did not want to bear the burdens of life outside the context of relationship with others.

 Jesus, the Son of God, was able to walk on water, make food appear out of thin air, was able to liven up a party with the water-to-wine miracle, told a storm to knock it off, he was able to make lame people walk, blind people see, deaf people hear—even putting a severed ear back on a person, and even told a man who had been dead four days to wake up.

 But there is one thing that Jesus didn’t do, and didn’t want to do. Jesus didn’t want to experience the ups and downs of life outside the context of close, authentic relationships.

Jesus, the second member of the trinity and the one who created the entire universe, needed a community of close friends with whom to share his burdens.

 The radical message of Jesus tells that that not even God wants to live outside of authentic community with others.

So, the question we need to start asking becomes: if Jesus himself needed to live out his faith in the context of community, why do we so often fool ourselves into thinking we can do it alone?

The life of Jesus teaches us many things, but among the most important is that the best way to live life is not through a hyper focus on individualism or independency, but through a conscious decision to share our lives, openly and authentically, with those around us.

Jesus teaches us that a life best lived, is a life lived together.


book front for patheosThis post was an adaptation from Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. You can order your own copy, here.

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  • liberalinlove

    May we have wisdom in knowing which communities to offer our creative energies for kingdom building and which communities will build us up as well and which communities are destructive for our lives and for which we have nothing to offer.

  • otrotierra

    Thank you Ben. The Greatest Commandment is indeed accomplished collectively, not in elitist, self-centered, hierarchical isolation.

  • Jerry Lynch

    Who we are is not what we make ourselves. I like to couple this with a quote from C.S. Lewis: “The more God takes us over, the more our true selves we become.” As to community, we learn our most intimate secrets about God in our open relationships with others.Evil is distance. We will come to find it is in the common, ordinary things–such as washing the dishes or talking with a friend–that we meet our greatest destiny.

  • CroneEver

    Here’s a quote from a best-selling (in her time) Victorian author: “Independence was never a Christian virtue.” And also, St. Anthony the Great of the Egyptian desert: “Our life and death is with our neighbor.”

  • Herm

    May we trust in the wisdom of God through the Spirit of Truth for discerning where and with whom to share our talents, yes, even to offer our lives on our cross in the name of our Rabbi’s love.

  • Ed Kohout

    Interesting that Corey has blocked me from commenting on his Facebook posts. Perhaps my reasoning is too embarassing for him? Or was I just pointing up his lack of critical thinking too often? I guess defeating the Jesus myth is quite easy.

  • liberalinlove

    Those of us who believe, do so by faith. That’s not up for discussion. How we believe or practice our belief maybe but not our faith.

  • Amen, and amen again. And I rarely say that anymore – I’ve gotten disillusioned with churchianity and christianese to the point that I don’t like to associate myself with either the label or the language. But that needed saying.

  • It might be because your reasoning is overwhelming. It might be because he thinks you’re obnoxious. Judging from this comment, I have a feeling it’s not the reasoning thing.

  • Artistree

    God is a family; God the Father-God the Word-God the Spirit of Love. God is not a solitude. Covenantal Familism is far to be embraced by the Christian, far above the Right’s competitive individualism or the Left’s socialistic Statism.

  • Artistree

    The Logos of God incarnate, the Wisdom and Law of God in human flesh, the Right Hand and Strong Arm of the Lord, the Eternal Angel of the Almighty, Jesus, the Christ of God, is a great reason to believe in a Beautiful world.

  • Ed Kohout

    Nonsensical magical thinking is not healthy for some humans. That you profess such whimsical things is unimpressive. Nature is in and of itself far more interesting than bizarre constructs from an age of ignorance. It’s not even creative, what you do. It’s folly. But, folly is the right of free people, just as is the right to dress up in a clown suit.

  • Herm

    Hey Ed, what’s the prize for “defeating the Jesus myth”? What credentials can you share with us that supports your abundance of critical thinking? You’re here loud and clear. Ben has given you our ear.

  • Ed Kohout

    Uh, really! Nothing is obnoxious about continuous obsessing over imaginary beings and myths long proven to be fakes?

  • Ed Kohout

    So what?

  • Herm

    Is that it? That’s your critical thinking that is too much for Benjamin Corey?!?! … and your reality is what exactly?

  • Artistree

    Have you ever done a typological allegorical intertextual reading of the Old Testament ? I have, and I see Jesus on every page, from the witness of Moses, the Prophets, and the Wisdom literature.. Is that magical or divine ? To me it is pure Beauty from the Beautiful One; a Divine Love Story.

  • Ed Kohout

    What silly questions! My words can’t stand on their own because of some abstract credentials verification? Maybe we should also find out where I shop for quality vegetables!

  • Herm

    As Phil says, “I have a feeling it’s not the reasoning thing”.

    You are always welcome here to express your honest thoughts and feelings if in respect for the possible validity of those who honestly differ from you. Ben is responsible to moderate and extends great latitude for those of us who choose to resolve our ignorance by in everything doing to and for others as we would have others do to and for us.

    What are your intentions here?

  • Not even Jesus did it alone, dude hung out with 12 dudes and uncounted women. Sent his disciples out two by two. We are better together. Good post.

  • Ed Kohout

    Sounds complicated. But if that’s what it takes to be an apologist in the 21st Century…

  • Artistree

    No, it’s not complicated. That’s just the hermeneutical practice of the 1st Century apologists such as Barnabas, 2nd Century apologists Justin Martyr and Ignatius, and onward such as the great thinkers Augustine and Origen, and all the Church Fathers. So have you ever done a study of the 4 senses of Scripture ? Or is that too complicated ?

  • Ed Kohout

    There’s nothing complicated about inductive reasoning. “Let’s make up a new game that will show us what we want to find.” Yawn.

  • Artistree

    Whats up with the “new game” that has been played by Jesus, and Paul, Peter and the Gospels writers, and a majority of other Christians for more than 2000 years now ? 2000 years of typological hermeneutics is a “new” game ?? That’s been the game in town since the very beginning. Deep thinking is not complicated….just takes intellectual effort and it does not yawn.

  • Brandon Roberts

    nice post

  • jekylldoc

    I have a feeling there is some really good anthropology research waiting to be done about authentic community, it’s difficulties and its discontents. As a communitarian of 35 years, my main observation is how hard it is. How easy it is to end up thinking about protecting yourself, when faced with a needy person, or by contrast to enable their dependency on shallowness. How difficult it is to avoid limiting yourself to the beautiful people when making community.

  • Matthew

    Same calls for genuine community. Same difficulties in truly finding it. Sigh.

  • At what point did Ben force you to read him?

  • baaron31

    Ben, lately it seems like you are on a quest to “Jesusify” everything.
    Forming into groups and societies is an evolutionary survival/ collaborative trait and has nothing to do with Jesus! In fact its not even a unique human trait. The great apes have always been more (Bonobo, Homo, Pan) or less (Gorilla, Pongo) social animals.
    So Jesus wasn’t a loner?! Wow! “Good thing he makes food appear from thin air”!

  • liberalinlove

    My thoughts exactly!

  • liberalinlove

    People like you, who show up on threads like this, get my vote for prayer! And so I will add you to my list of people to pray for. I ask the God of all wisdom to give you wisdom to know the height and breadth and depth of God’s love for you!

  • liberalinlove

    Your comment somewhat reminds me of watching the show on polygamy and the sister wives discussing the idea of jealousy, and that the whole gift of plural marriages, was for Heavenly Father to expose those sins that needed rectifying including the sin of jealousy.

    While interviewing a Domestic Violence Prevention organization, I heard many times how often the rural pastor, told the abused spouse that God was teaching them something through the abuse and to remain in the marriage was an act of faithfulness to God.

    We can find God wherever we choose to open our hearts to him, whether in solitude of the desert or in the belonging of community. But we must be able to recognize Him when we do! Our choices in community must be made with the idea that we love our neighbor as ourselves but that we love ourselves as God loves us.

  • gimpi1

    I doubt it. Several people, myself included, question Ben regularly. He’s totally comfortable with questions. Were you being rude, obnoxious and trolly? If so, you have your answer. No one is obliged to put up with that.

  • Guy Norred

    I don’t recognize the first quote (and google didn’t help). Who is it?

  • Guy Norred

    I wonder how much of this might tie into your last post on Americanism in the Church. Maybe it is just because I have it freshly on my mind, but between the two, I am reminded of an essay I read a few years ago about how so much of American literature is about the myth of the independent individual and compared that to the predominance of interdependence as a theme in other cultures. This was primarily focused on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and mostly comparing the US to Europe.

  • CroneEver

    Charlotte M. Yonge, from her novel “Dynevor Terrace”. Her “The Heir of Redclyffe” outsold Dickens and Thackeray, and was one of the major influences on the Pre-Raphaelites and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

  • Guy Norred

    Interesting. Looks like a huge gap in my Victorian literature education. Will have to check her out.

  • Guy Norred

    A ton is available for free on Kindle. I just downloaded much more than I imagine I will ever get through.

  • Stacey (the kids’ Aunt Tasty)

    Oh dear, Ed! Can someone tell the asshat forcing you to be here to read all this imaginary, idiotic drivel to put his gun down and back off? Are you safe, even? NO ONE should be subjected to this mythical silliness against his will!

  • Stacey (the kids’ Aunt Tasty)

    Thank you for this.

  • rhanch2 .

    We live in a very extroverted society. I might argue that that it is our culture, more than our faith, that tells us we need to pair up (marry) and socialize. Otherwise you’re branded a loner or ‘anti-social’. Extroverts are energized by their mindless blather with others, whereas introverts are drained by it and need time alone. The Gospels tell us that Jesus often went off to escape the crowds and pray alone. He said that people would no longer be married in heaven. He encouraged his disciples to ‘become a eunuch for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Paul wrote that a man who is married seeks to please his wife rather than God, and that those who have wives should live as if they were single. Jesus also said to his disciples ‘All of you will desert and leave me (to face my ordeal) alone. And yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.’ Most of the marriages, in the real world, the people are miserable or unfulfilled and yet stay together out of habit or fear of being alone. It’s not that we can only find God through our relationship with others, which is humanism and not Christianity. It’s that we can only find God through our relationship WITH God. For some, their relationship with others may help to serve that end. For others, their love and appreciation of the beauty of nature. For others, the love and satisfaction they find in their work. For most, simply spending time alone with God in prayer. Jesus taught that the life lived best is the life lived in service and right relationship with God. Let God, and not our society decide how best to bring that about.

  • CroneEver

    If you like classic Victorian literature, she’ll make your day. Plus she was one of the great advocates of the [Victorian Christian] Oxford Movement. “The Heir of Redclyffe” is a classic, and “Dynevor Terrace” is pretty good, too. But it’s “The Pillars of the House” that’s considered her masterpiece. She has a talent for writing characters who are good but not boring – and that’s pretty damned rare, and making the striving to be a true practicing Christian exciting – again, pretty rare. C. S. Lewis raved about her in his letters; he and his brother, Warnie, read all of her books, and he cited her in his article “The Sermon and the Lunch”: “Charlotte M.Yonge makes it abundantly clear that
    domesticity is no passport to heaven on earth but an arduous vocation – a sea
    full of hidden rocks and perilous ice shores only to be navigated by one who
    uses a celestial chart.” I hope you enjoy her!

  • Guy Norred

    Cool. “The Pillars of the House” was one I hadn’t downloaded. I have since gone ahead and splurged the $.99 and bought it. Thanks!

  • Eris, elder daughter of Nyx

    I know, right? It can be so hard! I feel all lonely, but I don’t know where to find community. Little old shy, depressed me in little old conservative town where people like activities based around drinking and killing things. We do not match well. -SIGH- I did better when I lived in a more liberal, more ethnically diver area.

  • Matthew

    Even in more liberal, ethnically/culturally diverse areas genuine community is difficult to find. It´s simply not part of our DNA in the west I don´t think — even among Christians. Everything is so program and event oriented. Families with children come first, so if you´re like my wife and me who have no children and who are basically middle-aged there´s no room at the inn.

  • unkmonk

    Who cares about his intentions? Answer his questions. No wonder religion’s becoming thought of as a pointless activity-it’s pathetic and defensive.

  • Herm

    A rhetorical question is a question that you ask without expecting an answer. The question might be one that does not have an answer. It might also be one that has an obvious answer but you have asked the question to make a point, to persuade or for literary effect.

  • louismoreaugottschalk

    I think is the stress pattern is the same with all trolls;
    emptiness, rage, loneliness, fear, envy, paranoia
    they come here to get some of their anxiety out in the open
    and show us the nothing that they are & what life has become for them.
    I think they all are asking for a new life!
    where can they go to get it? something, maybe it’s their patient angels,
    leads them here and sometimes they find a connection with us.
    they are addicted to adrenaline, it’s the drug that compells
    Them to feel something anything.
    They are looking for rigorous honesty from us IMO.
    in their anger and fear their passion & creativity is revealed.
    they are terrified!
    They do not want to disappear,
    vaporize, to fall off the planet without protest to the one that made them.

  • Herm

    Ed seems to be exceedingly literate. He seemed to be honest. He seemed to be concerned. He does have a problem meeting his concerns when he comes off like Benjamin Corey owes him something and he is damn well going to collect it, if not on Facebook then on the blog. No one owes me the right to tell them what they don’t want to hear. I’ve had wonderful acceptance on this blog but there have been others my exuberance and verbosity was not welcome. That was their right and the way it should be.

    Ed needs to feel wanted and necessary. He actually is here, for sure, if he just bides his time and tones down his belligerent opening attitude. I hope he gets the idea and shares where he picked up his excellent vocabulary skills.

    “formerlyfundie” is open to many different perspectives and it takes some real self serving destructive offenders to be banned here. It’s why I get a bit defensive immediately when commentators can’t be respectful of a very respectful moderator. I need you guys and Ben to be here a long as possible. I’m selfish that way and I can’t blame Ed for wanting to be a part. Thanks for caring enough to share an actually sympathetic analysis of our interface here!!!

  • louismoreaugottschalk

    yes I spend a lot of time interacting with trolls!
    but for the grace of God I am one!

  • Herm

    We aren’t alone, you and I!

  • louismoreaugottschalk

    no never alone!
    sing it with me!

  • Threesided Orchid

    Seriously man, I’m not Christian myself, but just because you don’t believe doesn’t mean there’s any reason to run around harassing people who are. It’s one thing to raise the alarm when someone is forcing their beliefs on others, or harming someone through them. Healthy debate/discussion when participants are open to it is also great.

    But trolling the faithful just to try and prove your own ‘superior’ reasoning isn’t cool. There is *nothing* inherently wrong with someone having faith in God (any god, ‘disproven’ or not); it provides solace and strength and can lead people to do great things to support humanity as a whole (w/ a caveat for instances where it spills over into trying to force your faith on others or hurting others, as previously noted).
    You can believe God/s are imaginary all you want, but science can neither prove nor disprove a higher power (evolution and the big bang don’t negate a possible higher power). None of us will really know the truth until we die — before that, all we have is what our own experience, reasoning and emotion tell us. So it behooves us all to respect each other’s decision to believe or not believe and layoff being annoying (or feeling superior) about it.
    You’re not better than the believers, you’re just giving the rest of the Agnostics and Atheists a bad name.

  • Jerry Lynch

    Sorry,but how on earth did you get those comments from what I said. I suggested nowhere that abuse is good for a lesson. Open relationship means being honest and vulnerable, not “plural marriages” and/or abusive marriages.

  • unkmonk

    So there’s manipulation instead of an honest question.

  • liberalinlove

    Not seeing my response!

  • RonnyTX

    Living alone,in your own home,without the physical presence of another person,is by far,not the worst thing in the world. And with me,I’m hard of hearing,legally deaf. I have two hearing aids and they help;but there is still much,that I miss in everyday conversation. Which is one reason,I so like the internet. Don’t have to hear here, just have to be able to read,spell and type. :-) And I really,really like being online and talking back and forth,with all sorts of people.

    For about a year and a half,I’ve been living here with my oldest sister. But I have a place of my own,that I inherited from my Mom,around 2 years ago. It has an old,old house on that small farm,that is not worth keeping up. Nor do I have the money,to keep such up. But on that place,I also have a mini-house,that I like a lot. :-) Worked on this small,old building several years ago and turned it into a nice little mini-house. :-) Didn’t fool with it much,for more than a year and lately I’ve had to do a lot of cleaning there,plus some painting and fixing up. That’s what I’ve been doing more of lately. Especially since our cousin also moved up here,from Waco. She sold her home down there and is in her late 60’s,like my oldest Sis. Thought she was going to buy her own home,once she got up here;but now I’m wondering? And I love my Sis and this older cousin;but both are bossy and controlling. (ha) And lately,this cousin has been very bossy and critical. She much reminds me of some Baptist preachers I’ve had in my family and in my life. More or less the type,who went at you as if you should follow them, as if they were God.

    Now tonight,my sister tells me she’s thinking about retiring;but if she did,I would need to chip in a good part of my Social Security. And there’s not that much of that,to begin with. And I should add,one thing that has interested me for some time,is seeing how little I can get along with and still be comfortable? And yes, even on my limited income,I buy somethings I don’t need or have to have. But with Sis,it’s much bigger ticket items she buys,that she does not have to have.

    Well,I don’t know what to do,right now? But I do know I enjoy working on my own place. And there,I am free to more do things my way and or the ways I want to try. And this I know for certain,I have to keep working on my own little mini house and keep it up and make some improvements there. That’s a must,because if anything happened to my older Sis,I sure couldn’t afford to keep up her house. Her kids would inherit this place and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if I stayed here; but the thing is,I couldn’t afford to pay the heating and cooling bills for such a large house.

    Lots of things to think about and that need doing;but as I’ve said,living by yourself is far from the worst thing in the world and sometimes,it’s pretty blamed nice. :-)

  • SamHamilton

    I totally agree about authentic community and its importance to our faith walk. We need to be part of a community of fellow believers. Outside of the intentional hermits and people of faith who go out into the desert/wilderness for periods of time, I think most Christians would agree. Does anyone really object to this?

  • liberalinlove

    I don’t see my reply here. Just a quick apology. My reaction had nothing to do with your wonderful intent and everything to do with my experiences of people using language to keep me in church and part of community even tho it was unhealthy.

    It took me a long time to be able to set good boundaries. Apparently I still flinch with certain triggers.

    You are right to state what we are is not what we make ourselves. Sometimes it is what a fundamentally flawed community contributes.

    So grateful for God’s grace which continues to remake us so that we CAN find the common ordinary things our destiny.

  • Jerry Lynch

    Thank you, and I agree with you: very tired of “churchianity and christianese.” I work at a local Christian TV station and I cannot stomach nine-tenths of what we air.

  • Guy Norred

    I just stumbled across this post and realized I never got back to you on this. I really enjoyed “The Pillars of the House” and “Countess Kate” but have to admit I just couldn’t get into “The Heir of Redclyffe”. It seems to me she wasn’t yet that good of a writer. I did read them in succession and maybe I was just tired of her. Maybe I will pick it up again. Or maybe I will try “Dynevor Terrace” as it is where this all started. I have used that quote a couple of times this year. “Countess Kate” was something of a surprise to me but I was a bit captivated by the truth of her portrayal of a child. It reminded me of the beginning of Compton Mackenzie’s “Sinister Street” which I loved for much the same reason. Thanks again for the suggestion.

  • liberalinlove

    I agree. Living alone is not the most difficult thing to do. Far more difficult to live in constant compromise and being kind when it does not come back to you. I think family can be the hardest. And I am glad you are here.

  • CroneEver

    I was out of town, or would have responded sooner. “Dynevor Terrace” is pretty good; another one I love is “The Castle Builders”, which has the wonderful line: “Emmeline and Kate could hardly have done anything very bad, but they did the worst they could” which I think sums up the human condition in a nutshell. Also don’t forget “The Daisy Chain” (which is not NEARLY as sappy as the title), and “The Trial”, which are linked novels – in fact they eventually lead to “The Pillars of the House,” i.e., Dr. May, Ethel May, etc.

    I think Countess Kate is WONDERFUL at portraying a real child: not the sappy kind, the mean kind, or any other stereotype, but just children as they are, with all their fears and rebellions and hopes, etc.

  • Guy Norred

    I am a few chapters into Dynevor Terrace and enjoying it and will keep the others in mind. You are so right about Countess Kate!

  • “Jesus, the second member of the trinity and the one who created the entire universe, needed a community of close friends with whom to share his burdens.” I almost couldn’t believe I read this. You understand that Jesus, the Word made flesh, created the Universe. He also destroyed the First Age of Man saving only Noah and his family.