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I'm 54 years old, and I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about organized religion.  I fully believe in, my version, of God; however, my actual beliefs don't seem to match up with any religion that I know of (though some close).

That being said - I adore religious traditions.  I love the stories of the bible.  I'm fully aware that the bible has multiple issues, but I don't care.  Just like I don't care that The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is completely ridiculous or that Gone With The Wind blatantly romanticized the Civil War.

Today is Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter).  Today, according to the bible, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Donkey and the common people welcomed him enthusiastically.  They were excited about him because he had raised Lazarus from the dead the day before.  It is said the people, out of respect, waved palm fronds as he passed as well as laid them down on the path in front of him.

Why was Jesus going to Jerusalem?  He was going, like many people, to celebrate Passover.  He didn't have a very good view of the place.  Soon after arriving there was that "cleansing of the temple" event - yikes. It is also said he did healings and taught (preached?) after arriving.

His status with the people upon arrival, the incident at the temple, the healings, and all the Messiah rumors get the attention of the authorities in no time though - and things certainly escalate quickly during this week.....
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