4 comments on “The Faces of Christianity

  1. What an interesting post for Easter! 🙂 It definitely makes for compelling reading.

    About being Jesus-like: The Bible urges followers of Jesus to emulate the Son of God. However, we’re NOT Jesus — we’re mere mortals. Because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice with His life, we who are believers have the gift of grace. We’ll never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t aspire to be Christ-like.

    Jesus is descended from David, who, although favored by God, did some hideous stuff — like commit adultery and kill his lover’s wife. David had to suffer the consequences of his actions. However, no one, including God, questioned David’s love and devotion to God.

    Among those less-than-perfect people God used:

    – Moses, who murdered a man
    – Abraham, who slept with his wife’s servant
    – Solomon, who worshiped idols
    – Jonah, who ran away
    – Rahab (the harlot), who played a pivotal role in the fall of Jericho by protecting the Israelite spies
    – Paul, who, as Saul (before his conversion), persecuted Christians

    By the way, Andre — I’m reading Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. I highly recommend it.

    Again, thanks for this intriguing post. Happy Resurrection Day!

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  3. Good points Andre. I think atheism is more a reaction to negative personal experiences with immature and/or insincere believers than a thoroughgoing system of belief. At some point though, a person has to abandon nursing their personal grievances and take responsibility for independently investigating truth. When that happens, they may not be persuaded to become believers, but at least they can be more fair-minded about belief in general, instead of caricaturing it.

  4. Hey Dre,
    I’m not much into religion, but maybe you or one of your peeps can help me. At what point did Jesus advocate for taking from the haves and giving to the have nots? I know there was something about giving to Caesar what is his, but I keep hearing conservatives admonishing the idea that Jesus was a “income redistributionalist”. Are they right and Libs are just using Jesus to validate their ideology or are the Cons ignoring the facts of the bible? It seems to me that Jesus was all for people helping the poor with the charity of the better off, but where was the advocacy for Caesar to do it by force?

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