Thursday, February 16, 2006

MISSING JESUS: One writer thinks the Jesus of his worldview

... and his youth is missing-in-action! The article begins with this ...
I remember when Jesus Christ was about religion. [and later ... ]

My cousin Maria made the sign of the cross before she ate. My cousin Antonio’s car had a figurine of a saint on the dashboard. My cousin Gian Marco had a beautiful cross hanging from his neck. But nobody was going on about God, Jesus and religion.
What's going on here has more to do with editors allowing
ignorant people freedom to published when they write nonsense like "What Has Happened to America’s Jesus?" than adding to our knowledge base.

First, Christianity is not truly a "religion" in the strict sense. Believers in Christ should understand Jesus Himself gave us a definition of Christianity ...
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."
John 14:6
The way is best understood as the only way, period.

Rob Borsellino, the author, says hisJesus has ...
... been kidnapped by politicians and preachers who decide what he does and doesn't think. They speak for him, and it doesn't always make sense.

They say Jesus is "pro life," but he doesn't seem to have a problem with the death penalty. And he thinks stem cell research - something that would save lives - is no different from murdering babies. They say he's the embodiment of kindness, love, decency and compassion. But he hates gays, lesbians and Muslims. And he's not too crazy about Buddhists, Hindus and the rest. Jews? He can put up with them if he has to.
This is simply inexcuseable baiting and ignorance! And the following is more of the same baiting; USA Today's editors should be ashamed of themselves.
The Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka claims to speak for Jesus and goes around the country talking about how "AIDS cures fags." Pat Robertson says it would be a good idea if the United States killed the president of Venezuela. It would be a lot cheaper than starting another war.
Only a person with a bias against and ignorance of orthodox Christianity would use these two as examples for a disappearing Jesus.
When I recently visited Sicily, Italy, the old Jesus was all over the place. His statue was on the counter at the restaurant and the coffee house. His image was on the wall at the clothing store and in the hotel lobby. And there was a huge painting of him on the side of an apartment building.
Seems to me Borsellino could solve his problem and just move back to Italy where he can have all the images he wants ... as for me and my house we want the real thing.

It's sad we have to put up with this kind of horrible reporting but that's what a free press and and a free people. Relentless Grace says ...
A safe Jesus isn't Jesus at all. But instead of Jesus being hijacked by a political party or political viewpoint, we need to return to a dangerous Jesus who was disruptive, controversial, and the enemy of those in power because of he ate with "sinners," because he forgave prostitutes, because he healed lepers, because he made plain the fraudulent nature of the religious and political establishments.

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HT: Relentless Grace

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