Why The Bashing of This Man? Jesus Christ

Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, or just a lost soul, why do I keep hearing the insults and name calling of this man Jesus Christ? I have noticed this new trend of Jesus bathers out there lately, and it has left me wondering, why? Is it just to prove that you are unconventional? Or are you following a new trend? Or is it simply that you are uninformed about his serene message?

If or if not he was the son of God, if or if not he was the performer of miracles, is besides the point. The message he brought to mankind, the message of forgiveness, peace and love, has in fact been duplicated and reproduce for centuries after him. Some may leap from one religious cult to another, some may search and search, lost in spiritual translation, and others may turn to spiritual awareness books by authors like Ekchart Tolle, and Deepak Chopra, but in the end they all comes down to the same message, a message that Jesus Christ has been preaching for years. A simple message of, Forgiveness before Ego, Peace before Desire, Love before Hatred.

Who was Jesus Christ?

Most of us know that he was born somewhere in Bethlehem, and grew up in a place called Nazareth. And that he had many followers. Some may believe that he was the son of God and that he was a performer of miracles. And others may have faith that he died on the cross for their sins. For me personally all that doesn't matter. What matters is the significance of the messages he brought to us. A message so powerful in ideology, so true in purity. A message that has been reproduced by many great leaders and preachers such Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, Yet the main source of these principles is Jesus.

This is a man who contradicted every teaching and law of his era, a society that believed in an eye for an eye, the stoning of prostitutes, the out casting of lepers. A culture that enjoyed watching the torture of human beings as a sport, the crucifixion of criminals as punishment. Jesus, one man with the courage to oppose injustice with love.


What Was His Message? The Key to Selflessness

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. “

“What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.”

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”

“How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”

“Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humble, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

In the end whether or not you want to turn the other cheek, stop judging others, or love your neighbour, this is your prerogative. But we must stop insulting this man, who spread a message of harmony. We must separate this man from the brutal crusaders who disregarded all that he taught. We must remove him from the crimes of the historic churches. Instead we need to appreciate his essence and embrace him as the true maharishi of civilization, the true teacher of these three words Forgiveness, peace and love that just may someday make our world a better place.


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HundredDollarBill 5 years ago from Dallas

Wow voted up up up ...


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shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

My Dear Friend Ranzi! Great HUB I must say.

UP, AWESOME, USEFUL.

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greg wells 5 years ago

amazing hub Ranzi, extremely beneficial. wonderful insight and wisdom.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Ranzi,

This is a very tough question. For some, who know of Christ's teachings, but can't repent of their old ways, Christ's message is too convicting, so they must diminish the Man to erase the message in their mind (repression).

But the above has always been true, and probably isn't the answer you are looking for. It's possible that the polarization of society today has people looking for extremes that don't exist, and people need to use "props" to vilify the "other side".

The above dynamic can be seen often in political argumentation. As an example, many on the left appear to have a vision of right wingers as all being paleocons. Paleoconservativm is an extreme right wing view that espouses devout adherence to Biblical rules (without observing the spirit of those rules), extreme international islolatism, and absolute distrust of government at all levels. It's sort of like "American Gothic" on steroids. While paleocons in reality are a very small group, many on the left appear to believe that they represent the mainstream of right wing thought. This is of course not reality, as there are far more maninstream conservatives than libertarians, and libertarians are a notch to the right of maninstream conservatives. And libertarians are not extremists like paleocons are. Essentially, the left wing stereotypes the right wing as paleocons, and as a result, must diminish the value of Jesus because paleocons, in outward appearance, esteem Him so highly. Essentially, the modern left wrongly sees Jesus as a tool of the right to control and convict them.

The above trend is not hard to explain. Obama's policies, and Holder's operation of the DOJ ("selective prosecution"), have pushed traditional mainstream liberal thought from simple federal-centric thought to liberation theology (the precursor of socialism). Liberation theology, absent a genuine oppressor, is very dangerous, as it represents the fooled masses (Lenin's "useful idiots") who support a cult leader to "free the proletariat" from imagined tyrants in the private sector. Of course, what they never realize is that the cult leader never has the intention of "freeing" anybody from anything (he already knows nobody is oppressing them). If the cult leader succeeds in taking power, he becomes the real life tyrant (a dictator) the masses mistakenly assumed to have previously existed.

Stu


Peanuts 5 years ago

Hi Stu,

Excuse my ignorance but can you please explain that 2nd paragraph of yours as it is extremely confusing to my simple vocabulary.

Thanks


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Ranzi 5 years ago from All Over Author

Thanks for reading and voting up hundred dollar bill. Cool name :)


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Ranzi 5 years ago from All Over Author

Thanks my sweet friend Shanaya, your comment are alway so kind :)


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Ranzi 5 years ago from All Over Author

Thanks for the inspiration Greg Wells. I thing I was channelling you :)


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Ranzi 5 years ago from All Over Author

Hi Stu

Thanks for your comment, it was very educational. Your theory and points are very valid.

You said….. “Paleoconservativm is an extreme right wing view that espouses devout adherence to Biblical rules (without observing the spirit of those rules)” ….. Although they may have some policies which I may agree with, such as anti war, they sound like a bunch of nutcases to me. Most political parties that try to use any religion as a tool, are deceitful. And to be honest since I’m too far removed from politics, it sounds too confusing.

In the end political parties all need a voice, and followers to feed their ego. Political parties whether good or bad all have the biggest egos and put (self) before people. Of course there are those very rare cases of martyrs out there who join to better the world. People follow political parties for their own needs, for their gain. If you’re rich, you’re threatened by communism and if your poor you may be threatened by capitalism (unless you have a plan to get rich)

Btw jesus would of definitely been a communist, as he didn’t believe in ownership nor wealth. So all those politicians out there who are using his name for power and gain, are shams. No offence but I lack respect for most politicians as I think some are sociopathic serial killers. (one man goes on a killing spree, gets a life sentence) and then you have (a bunch of politicians go on a killing spree, throwing their bombs over the masses, they get power, wealth and prestige.)

Can you please elaborate some more about Obama? I can see that you’re part of the tea party.


Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Ranzi,

You can think of paleocons as modern day Pharisees. They are very religious in outward appearance, and highly isolationist. They are often quite bigoted. They are essentially of the same mind as radical secessionary groups, but they don't have the guts to "pull the trigger."

Nobody should be more afraid of communism than the poor. Communists only promise prosperity by spreading the illusion that capital owners are cheating them. Once in power, communists seize all means of production, and treat labor as slaves.

Jesus was not in any way a communist, as communism is evil top-down dictatorship. Jesus was never against ownership of private property; he was simply against people letting such ownership be placed higher in their lives than their committment to God.

There are some politicians that are sociopaths, but very few. By definition, a sociopath is a person who does wrong for the pure pleasure of it, and has no conscience. They are acutely aware of what society believes is right and wrong, but they don't feel those rules should apply to them personally. From a psychological perspective, most bad politicians are not sociopaths, but are criminals; they are not doing wrong to "feel good," but instead to retain power and obtain money.

You are correct that I am a TPM member. Obama is a transnational socialist. By this I mean that he thinks an international codex should replace US law, and separation of powers should be replaced by fiat dictatorship from the top. Obama is a very dangerous man who constantly violates the Constitution, shirks affirmative duty, and borrows and spends profligately. He is extremely narcissistic, and wishes to be worshipped as a cult dictator.

Stu


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Mandrake_1975 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great hub!

I think Jesus is attacked as a ploy to incite His followers. Sadly, many of His followers fall prey to the incitement and prove the point of the inciters. It is a vicious cycle that need not be.

When the soldiers came for Christ He told His disciples to put away their swords. I believe He did this because Jesus did not believe in fighting fire with fire; He believed in pouring water on the fire instead.

And when you say that you feel Jesus would have been a communist I agree, but not any type of communist we have ever seen. He certainly would never have advocated State ownership of property, but rather praised the virtue of freely giving. In my opinion He would have been a utopian communist, but His economic and sociopolitical views are pretty vague and any attempt at extrapolating them is even further complicated by His obvious belief in a monarchy of sorts (the Kingdom of Heaven, the Throne of the Father, etc). Furthermore, the Book of Judges (which Jesus fully believed in) makes it quite evident that God wanted His people to have a Republican form of government, which makes things even more confusing.

Then there are numerous examples of Jesus' elusion to a belief in private property (many of the parables for instance).

From all of this I have always deduced that Jesus probably had a belief in willful giving that reached such an extent of charity that it looked quite like utopian communism. In other words, I think He believed that if one truly followed the Two Great Commandments their love would transcend economic philosophy althogether.


Leila 5 years ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ... HOPE IT WOULD AWAKEN THE WHOLE WORLD..... BEYOND LIFE AND DEATH .. HE WHO MIGHT REACH UR WORDS YET JESUS MESSAGE.. WILL FIND THE HEAVEN ON EARTH AND LIVE ENDLESSY IN PEACE & LOVE ....


Peanuts 5 years ago

I totally agree with you. I am not a true believer in the aspect of religion itself because one always contradicts himself. But i believe in following as best to my ability the teachings of such a wonderful being and it angers me when people use any material whatsoever to bring him down, one being the Da Vinci Code. I mean who cares about trying to find evidence that he had sex and all that other jazz. He was a beautifully spirited being and his message stands out for me more than any others.


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Aww your hub is very thoughtful great job. :D

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Greg Sereda 4 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

Ranzi,

The Scripture references you used were good references; but do you think that they have any force if Jesus is not the Son of God (that is, if I understand your article correctly, that you don't believe He is divine).

For example, if we say Jesus was just some great mortal moral teacher, then His teachings are to be regarded as no greater than the opinion of an intelligent philosopher. However, if He truly was God, His teaching are authorative; and humanity is obligated to fulfill them.


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Vegas Elias 4 years ago from Mumbai

Great thoughts Ranzi. I too find that Jesus is the most misunderstood person in history. Those for whom he died are the one's doing things which He never intended them to do.

It's really painful and very bad for those who indulge in Jesus bashing.

They should not forget that though Jesus forgave his killers, the fall of Jerusalem did come by within few years after him.


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Ranzi 3 years ago from All Over Author

Hi sorry I have not been using hubpages for a while now and was not aware of some comments in different hubs.

Greg Sereda, you're right it makes a big difference/impact if these words are coming from a divine being rather than a philosopher. The only point I was trying to make in the article was that it is becoming a trend now days to insult and put down Jesus. So whether you believe in him as a divine person, a normal philosopher or a mystical character, his teachings about tolerance, love and forgiveness should be enough to earn him some respect.

Vegas Elias, that's a very good point, Jesus did forgive his killers and his character alone is what we should at least try and aim for, if we want the world to be a better place.

Thank you both for reading and your comments


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savvydating 3 years ago

I came back to your site to "follow," and I just had to stop and read this article. Wow! This is awesome. I've wondered the same thing. What's with the bashing of someone who risked his life, and who indeed was crucified, in order to preach acceptance and forgiveness? Furthermore, unlike many people then and today, he practiced what he preached... hanging out with all the misfits of society and what-not, and even accepting women and children into his life, which was unheard of in his time. And yes, society was very harsh back then. His was not an easy or passive mission in any way, shape or form. No one before him dared call-out the Pharisees. So I'm with you - no matter your religion or non-religion, I see no reason to bash this loving and very brave man. Everything he said and did reflected his mission and his deep love for humanity, even unto the bitter end, and I have always maintained the deepest admiration for Him, regardless of my various spiritual paths.

Up, awesome, beautiful.


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Ranzi 3 years ago from All Over Author

Yes very good point about unlike many people then and today, he did practice what he preached. Hanging out with misfits, and even accepting a prostitute and forgiving her in a society that stoned these types of women. What an amazing man he was, and although I won't call my self religious by any sense, Jesus as a man, guru and spiritual leader needs to be appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read and another insightful comment :)

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