The Greek translation of the "word made flesh" is "he pitched his tent among us." In "Brothers Karamozov," Dovtoevsky has a chapter entitled the "Grand Inquisitor" in which Jesus is tried again, this time by Christians, and crucified again. So how would Christians treat Jesus if once again, he pitched his tent among us? It is not uncommon for Christians to be so self righteous , and my fear is that they could not tolerate Jesus' brand of "Christianity" and I think we would string him up again. How pathetic! What are your thoughts?
Seriously? The historical figure of Jesus in the 21st century? He would be re-tried in the court of public opinion. He'd become a minor celebrity character in the tabloids. They would rename him Jezza. Stories would emerge about how he spent the night with a prostitute and a government tax official, headline: Jez beds with the feds! Positive public opinion of him would increase as a result. He would be offered a book deal. Films studios would fight for the rights. He'd be offered sponsorship deals worth millions. He'd turn them all down on the grounds that he was on a mission. He'd do charity work. The tabloids would love him. He'd be portrayed as a wacko with a heart of gold. A god source of material. Then they'd turn.
Charges would be filed against him for inappropriately touching sick people. His defence lawyers would argue he was trying to heal them. Public opinion would be divided. People would call radio phone in shows to give their views. Some would call him a misunderstood, naive man with good intentions. Others would condemn him as a lunatic with an unhealthy interest in small children. He would be hounded by Paparazzi. The tabloids would crucify him. Then move on to the next celebrity.
In later years some would wonder if jezza could ever make a comeback? Some would expect he will. Others not. Both would agree if he ever did, it would be the greatest comeback in history. The wait continues.
I'm afraid that you may be correct. We will not recognize him for who he is. He will not look anything like what he has been created to be. He would be found guilty of blasphemy and attempting to overturn the status quo However if we can repent of judging others we would be spared from being guilty of judging him. If we can learn that the fight is within our selves and not outwardly we won't be guilty of throwing stones at him. I don't think that Jesus actually attacked non believers. His was a passive aggression. (by example) I believe that he only overturned the tables in the temple grounds to make a point (he did not loose his temper). He knew that it was time to sacrifice himself and this would be his last act of defiance aimed at the Sanhedrin knowing what their reactions would be.
Yes, oxymoron ... the world is full of them. I suppose that you can not see that there is action in in actions. When you do nothing when you see a little old lady being assaulted you have done something. When you choose to not make a choice you have chosen. Yes! Passive aggression is real. when you see an adversary about to step off of the Cliff and say or do nothing but watch, that is passive aggression.
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There is so much we do not recognize that is for sure! Often times in my practice, very uptight parents cannot see the sadness in their teenagers' faces and eyes! let alone recognize Jesus if he was sitting in front of us.
Thats how I would react. "It is a pleasure to meet you, thank you for all you have done, wanna go surfing with me and my friends?" How am I supposed to react? If I already know for sure it is him, the shock has subsided.
Actually, look at it from a different perspective. In so many ways He is among us today - in the countenance of the many sick, downtrodden and helpless that we pass each and every day but choose not to aid them. The hymn, "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", truly sets the tone and spirit of this point - particularly the last verse. When we choose to not help our fellow beings in their time of need the day will come when we will realize, albeit too late, that the Savior stood before our eyes. What will be our feelings then? We would not be able to claim ignorance for each of us are impressed to execute charity among men but our own personal choice often blinds us from such realization.
Very well said. However, your statement would imply that people did not help their fellow beings before Jesus.
I would suspect that people throughout the ages did in fact help each other out in times of need, that compassion and understanding in that regard are qualities humans have had for a very long time.
I would also venture to comment that people do in fact help their fellow beings today in a lot of different ways, some from religious foundations and others not.
Helping your fellow man shouldn't be about heeding the words of someone else, for example, but instead it should be about being a human being that very much could be the one who is in need, putting yourself in their shoes, so to speak.
"There, but for the grace of God, go I" is a very good quote for such an occasion.
Thanks for the response. My words were not meant to convey that charity never existed. Of course it did. My aim was to show that the countenance or object of faith is often in the people we opt not to help in our daily lives. When I state that they Savior was before our eyes. It is figurative and not literal. The countenance is before our eyes in the opportunity to serve and help another person in distress.
And this is what Jesus told us, what you do to the little ones, the least, (perhaps meaning powerless), you do to me. Recognizing Jesus as he is here today is a real challenge! There is a wonderful novel, "Your Valved Voice" by Roger Pierce. I think it is on Amazon. It is about a group of people who survive nuclear war and one person's attempts to put into practice the Beatitudes. It's an interesting and fun read.
What if there was real concrete scientific evidence to back up Christian Claims so they did not have to rely purely on faith. People want concrete evidence on nearly everything in their lives... except for religion.
"Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking."
Would you recognize Jesus... assuming he did come. And how would you do that?
I haven't read the whole thread but I think he would gain plenty of followers just like he did then. True goodness, righteousness, love, peacefulness, the spirit of the almighty flowing all around him - who wouldn't notice that?
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