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A Haiku - Mankind

Updated on December 28, 2014

A Haiku - Mankind

Complicated man,

Changing for good or for bad.

God's miniature.

Choices Made

Loving, tender man,

Created from two others,

Not like either one.

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Must we be about our Father's business?

Jesus Christ is believed by Christians to have atoned for mankind's sins, at least for the sins of those who will be baptized and take upon themselves his name.

First he did other things. He grew up. He presumably learned what he taught. He experienced enough of life to draw examples from it. He chose followers who could record and promote what he taught and emulate his example. He also taught others who abandoned him, even one who betrayed him.

It is said that he experienced every element of mortal experience, including agonizing, wrongful death. There is much of the thousands of books which could be written which hasn't been, and there is little in the tens of thousands of commentaries which have been written which describes his normal, every day living. We wish there was more to be found of his biography.

Based on what has been found, have you decided for yourself who Jesus Christ was, and perhaps may still be? In deciding that, we are each our own Caiaphas, the first judge of Christ, and it is an important question for everyone to answer.

Has man proven false the saying that "The sky's the limit"?

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Plenty of food for thought. I've often wondered whether there were more records of Jesus' younger days. It would be so good to find out.

      Like the two haikus. I keep thinking I should write a few more but I have a long list of other hubs to finish at the moment. Maybe I'll shunt a haiku or two to the top of the list!

      A Peaceful, Merry Christmas to you and I wish you a wonderful new year.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. I am often amazed at the truths you lay out here. Thank you.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - Give your haiku your best shot. Once back in the swing of things, they will flow through your fingertips.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - It must be my computer? I have been posting duplicate comments quite frequently when I finish and post a comment as I did just now.

      A prophet once said "Seek out truth where it is to be found." That would be a good definition for active Christians: Truth Seekers.

      Will we ever know it all? Surely not in mortality, but it may be that knowledge is the one thing we take with us into the next life, and taking true knowledge would surely be the way to go on.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      Ann

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Wonderful words Demas! You have convincingly provoked the minds to contemplate. It all depends on the intellect of a person to let others know whether the sky is the limit or not and that intellect develops only with contemplation over the Creator and the created beings. Very useful insights here. Thanks for sharing. Voted up. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and a properous new year.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      m abdullah javed - I felt so compelled to enter (pbuh) where you would have. So many names are used by different faiths in reference to the Supreme Being, but all glory be given to him as anything glorious, even man's desire to be more worthy and closer to Him, is truly glorious and praiseworthy.

      Then again, I feel a little better that you did not enter (pbuh) after Creator (pbuh). Should you have, or is it only after the name you use in reverent reference to Him?

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Glory and praise for the Supreme Being is simply beyond our expression, whatever attributes with which we ascribed to the Creator falls short of our imagination. So you are true in the sense that man can't express his innerself to the fullest. As far using - pbuh - I assign this with the Propehts of God, for the Creator we can't say pbuh as He Himself is fountain of mercy, He showers mercy on others.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Great haikus - and the rest of the hub, too. Christmas blessings to you.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      m abdullah javed - And, as you have written in a Hub, Mary (pbuh) . And perhaps the mothers of other prophets?

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Mary (peace be upon her) was mother of Jesus Christ (pbuh), we assign this epithet to the wives or mothers of Prophets also, little correction pls.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - We can perhaps wonder why we mortals do not seem to yearn as much for maturity and wisdom as we do for youth and a time of such seeming immaturity. Just a thought added to these others.

      Christ is "the reason for the season" and all the celebration. May you and yours enjoy every moment.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hope you and your family are having great holidays. As always each Christmas I light a candle at midnight on Christmas Eve to say Happy Birthday to Jesus. One thing came to mind was all those Scrooge movies where the ghost Marley trying to save Scrooge laments and screams, Mankind was my business. Things to consider.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - A portion of the world's population, indeed a very small portion, should be termed "Manmean". I cannot recognize them as truly a part of Mankind. We could list what characterizes them, but distorted ego, selfishness, cruelty, and greed are a good beginning.

      The sad part is that in the end they never win, but they abuse so many others who suffer through the turmoil of their demise.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Demas - Lovely haiku and a though - provoking essay. Blessed Christmas. Theresa

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      phdast7 - We have both been blest to celebrate another Christmas. We will soon, God willing, be blest to enjoy all the challenges of Year 2015 A.D. May what divides men be discovered to be so much less important than what can unite us for the common good.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Amen and Amen.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      i like mankind.. so appropriate..

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Frank Atanacio - A curiosity: I didn't seem to see this comment of yours showing on Notifications. I'm glad it showed up in Comments, and I am happy you found the Hub appropriate.

      Have a Happy New Year, Frank. Blessings to you and yours.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The only explanation I can think of is the possibility that yourcomment and Theresa's comment arrived simultaneously and Notifications only registered hers, though Comments picked up both.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Goodness and purity is within us all, which makes a legacy live on. What do YOU think?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - I believe we are each created with "a spark of divinity" and then we fan it into a blaze or suffocate and smother it.

      Can it be rekindled? Yes, through sincere repentance which also involves doing one's best to undo the harm done when goodness and purity didn't drive one's actions.

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