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Newsweek Making Money Off Jesus Under The Guise Of Critiquing Traditional Christianity...
NewsWeek Making Money Off Jesus Under The Guise Of Critiquing Traditional Christianity…
Like past blogs, I am always on the lookout for those who would criticize those of us who believe in Traditional Christianity… and here comes the current Newsweek and its assassin in prose, Andrew Sullivan, malignantly criticizing Traditional Christianity. Mr. Sullivan is either ignorant of the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus or moreover, he refused to embrace the teachings that are anathema to the current spate of ‘Alternative Lifestyles” that are all the rage and are in vogue - incidentally, said lifestyles Jesus warned would be rampant at the end of the age. Mr. Sullivan must have known that the tenets of the Gospel did not support his premise - so he invokes Thomas Jefferson to augment his position, as if Traditional Christians will say, well, it is Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father, and, therefore, he is infallible.
Mr. Sullivan conveyed that Jefferson had redacted from the Bible all of the supernatural feats recorded and attributed to Jesus and focused on the teachings. Now, the question that begs itself is that this Newsweek issue came out in time for Easter… a time which is symbolic of the greatest supernatural feat ever recorded, that of the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We must then extrapolate from Sullivan’s premise and his invoking of Jefferson’s disbelief of the miracles of Jesus… that Mr. Sullivan places no credence into the Resurrection of the Christ.
Mr. Sullivan rails against those who preach ‘the Prosperity Gospel’ and there is some merit to his argument, but he mistakenly says that Jesus did not want anyone to be rich. Joseph of Arimathea was a believer in Jesus and it was the former who asked for Jesus’ body and buried it in his personal tomb… by the way, this Joseph was wealthy. In that same vein of thought… Zacchaeus was not only short of stature, but he was rich and a believer in Jesus, yet when the Christ lead him to Salvation, He did not tell Zaccheaus that it was sinful for him to be wealthy - I wonder then who gave Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, and Solomon their respective riches. Mr. Sullivan implies that - although Jesus said that He was in Heaven in the beginning before He came in the flesh and that He and the Father (Jehovah) are one - Jesus in essence was disassociating Himself from the acts of the Old Testament God. It is why Mr. Sullivan said that Jesus never spoke about homosexuality and abortion; Mr. Sullivan has to do this 'disassociation' between Jesus and God-the-Father because God deemed same sex relations an abomination and came down and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for those who were engaged in that behavior, among others (Genesis 19).
Why should I listen to Thomas Jefferson - notwithstanding his brilliant take and contributions to our Constitution and form of government - on the teaching of the Bible? Perhaps, I should give Jefferson more credence than the Apostle Peter who walked with Christ. I pose a question to Mr. Sullivan and our dead Founding Father Jefferson, who, one way or the other knows the truth now since he is in the grave, why, if all the disciples ran during Jesus’ trial/Crucifixion… then why the reconvening of all of the Disciples, save for John, who then preached the Gospel to their respective martyrdoms? Something extraordinary (Christ' Resurrection) happened for the Disciples to after running away to decide to get back together and become zealots for advocating this Gospel, which subsequently caused all their deaths. And since Mr. Sullivan is keened on invoking Jefferson’s take on the Bible and implying that the Founding Father lived according to the true Christian principles, I must piously convey that none of the Disciples owned slaves or saw fit to have children - those who were married - with others outside their marriages, Ala Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings....
The Quakers who have a Traditional take on the teachings of the Bible have always preached against slavery and Fornication/Adultery - I wonder what possess them to take such stances when such enlightened men like Jefferson owned slaves in abundance and slept with said slaves? I wonder what Mr. Sullivan has to say about Jesus’ saying that there is only one God and no one goes to Him but through Jesus? From the lawyers I have debated to Mr. Sullivan on this issue... always lie by saying that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality - but those of us who read the Bible know that this is false because Jesus more than once referenced Sodom and Gomorrah - I supposed we should ignore the meaning of the word ‘Sodomy’ and whence it came. In the Gospel, it is recorded that Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding… why do I have the feeling that soon people like Mr. Sullivan will make the wedding gender neutral, implying that Jesus would have condone same sex marriages… oops, I should also be trying to figure out Thomas Jefferson’s take on abortion and homosexuality... I have an inkling that the Founding Father would have been an advocate.