Posted June 25th, 2006 by E. Goodman
For the last few days, I’ve been reading about Jesus in the Gospels. (I got the idea from Mentanna) I’ve been thinking about how all followers of Jesus see Him through their own cultural lenses. All of them. And I’m struck by the idea that our different interpretations of Jesus can be so, well, different.
Reading just the Gospels has challenged my perspective on Jesus. If you read about Jesus without reading the rest of the Bible (not that we should…), you would likely get, well, a different Jesus. You might get a Jesus who is:
Pro-taxes (Render unto Caesar…) Matthew 22:21Concerned about helping the needy (Especially widows and orphans) Matthew 25:40Anti-violence/war (Turn the other cheek) Matthew 5:39Anti-religion (Rebuked religious leaders) Mark 12:38-40Concerned with Personal Health (Healed the sick) Mark 8:22Against Unethical Capitalism (Money-changers in the Temple) Matthew 21:12Remained in the Jewish tradition (His religion was Jewish, not Christian) Matthew 12:35Made and Drank Alcohol (Cana Wedding) John 2:1-11Grace instead of Judgement: Luke 6:36-38Forgiveness over Justice: Luke 6:28-30Told stories instead of preaching sermons: Matthew 13:34Left the meaning unclear: Mark 10:4-11
Never planted a church…
This Jesus would be called a “Liberal” by some believers today.
Anyway, just an observation. I understand that we should look at all of Scripture, but I’m wonder how much of the “Christian religion” is based on the teachings of Christ.
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