My wife tipped me off that the leftist were publishing a meme that falsely characterizes Jesus. People like to recreate Jesus in their own ideology. For example, if people support homosexuality and they like Jesus, then they will look for reasons to say a 1st century Jewish apocalyptic supported homosexuality. It is really mind boggling.
Jesus should not be made to mirror modern sensibilities (or theology). It is dishonest. Instead, we should attempt to understand what Jesus thought based on the cultural context and his specific teachings. He should not be a prop for our preferences.
Here is the meme:
Here is my response:
Really? Please provide New Testament scriptural reference to your response.
I doubt you will take scholarship and the Bible seriously, but here you go:
-Jesus was a radical violent revolutionary:
See Agnostic Bart Ehrman’s “Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium” or Muslim Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”
-Jesus used whips to drive sinners out of the temple:
Joh 2:15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
-Jesus predicted an army of angels would round up the wicked and burn them to death (there are plenty of references to this):
Mat 13:38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,
Mat 13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
Mat 13:40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
Mat 13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,
Mat 13:42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
-Jesus preached repentance of sins:
Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mar 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Luk 13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
-Jesus preached strict adherence to Old Testament Law:
Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Mat 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Mat 5:19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
-Old Testament Law on homosexuality and abortion:
Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Exo 21:23 But if there is harm [to a baby that is accidently miscarried], then you shall pay life for life [kill the guy who killed the baby],
-Jesus preached private charity:
Mat 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Jesus does not talk very much about charity. Underling all Jesus’ teachings on charity is that this is a temporary condition. People are to give away all they had now, and then they would see 100 times that wealth be given to them when the Kingdom arrives (Mar 10:30). This is not a spiritual Kingdom, but one in which they were to see established on Earth in their own lifetime (Mat 16:28).
The Old Testament system of charity was one which the government did not enforce, and God was to be the ultimate judge.
-Jesus preached against No-Fault Divorce
Mat 19:7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
Mat 19:8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Mat 19:9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
-Jesus Affirmed Private Property and condemned as “evil” those who complained about unfair wages:
Mat 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ [The context is that someone freely contracted with multiple people, but did not pay equal wages for equal work (note: no one got paid less than what they agreed)]
-Jesus taught that people should not complain about their situation:
Mat 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
-This is a society in desperate poverty compared to Americans.
Angus Maddison puts the GDP per Capita of Israel in the first century at $1,271 (converting to 2015 dollars). Most people in Israel lived below the current world poverty threshold of $2 per day. An American on minimum wage can earn more in 100 hours of work than someone in Israel could have earned in a year, and Americans definitely do not have a higher work ethic nor are they more deserving. 10% of the world’s current population lives on less than $2 per day.
-Jesus called Gentiles dogs:
Mat 15:24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Mat 15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
Mat 15:26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
1Co 11:14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,
Yet Trump and the Right regularly nullify the word of God for thier own traditions and desires. They taught the left well. The only right or left in the kingdom of God. Are sheep or goats… both of which call him Lord. Which are you?