“Christianity is not about the divine becoming human so much as it is about the human becoming divine; That is a paradigm shift of the first order”
– John Shelby Spong
When the disciples of John demanded why Jesus and his disciples did not fast as they and the Pharisees did, he gave them two sayings that reveal that he believed his way to be more than a mere evolution of Judaism. His teaching was an entirely new paradigm.
No one patches an old garment with a piece of new cloth, for the old cloth will tear when the patch shrinks, and the rent will be made worse. Nor do men put new wine into old skins, for the skins will break, and the wine run out. Instead they put new wine into new skins, and both are preserved.
Once one shifts from the primitive paradigm of following the commandments of the priestly caste and instead begins walking the path of the enlightened one, the path to true self knowledge and righteousness, the old ways are no longer effective, and may in fact obscure the truth, like the many dietary commandments of Judaism, of which Jesus famously said:
It’s not what goes into his mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of it.