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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 2, Q1035- San Francisco sermon | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item 2, Q1035- San Francisco sermon

Delivered before a congregation in late 1972, this sermon by Jim Jones makes many more Christian references than do his later addresses, and certainly contains more quotations and citations of the Bible. While he criticizes the Skygod, as he often does elsewhere, he places much of what he says in the context of a Christian God, the reference that everyone in attendance will understand. As do most of these tapes, this opens in the middle of a sentence, in this instance as Jones speaks about the nature of the Christian God and of the Christ figure himself. Jones says Christianity was not based on the idea of an unknown God, but one of flesh and bone, one that was visible, tangible and human. Moreover, even though Christ was the son of God, yet he was equal with God. "Jesus said, when you see me, you have seen God." It was for that claim that he was condemned, because people don't like it when God is visible.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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