For the record, the Red Letters are the best bits, and rank over any other verses, but all scripture has a purpose, so I do not cut my bible into a Jefferson version.
Is this my seminary final? Yoiks...OK, here goes...
1.Yes...since I think the Bible is historically accurate, I think the red letters were really what Jesus said. The statements are just as true if they're in black or any other colored ink, too...just don't give me the red/pink/black stuff that came out several years ago in one Methodist convention to decide what was/might be/wasn't Jesus' words.
2. Given their mutually exclusive definitions...believing in God and not...this question solves itself; unless someone wants to wrangle words ad infinitum and ad nauseum.
3. The Social Gospel...meeting felt needs of people...should not be separated from the Gospel...defined as telling people they need Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Give hungry folks food, meet medical needs, clothe folks, drill wells in parched lands, and let them know you're doing it because of the love of Christ as His ambassador. If they appreciate the words, they'll look into He for whom you stand.
4. Thus endeth the New Testament lesson...let us sing "Amazing Grace..."
The Social Gospel cannot be divorced from the rest of the Gospel. Although I personally think that Jesus will come back before mankind can rid itself of any evils. But it all comes under the heading of "doing good works because of our faith."
Thank you for the links.
Having read the Wikipedia, I would say I'm definitely NOT a "Christian atheist." I've never understood the whole "God is dead" movement.
Red-letter Christianity sounds good but I'd have to look at it closer.
Believes in the teachings of Christ but does not believe that God exists.
In short Jesus was a really swell guy with some really good ideas that we can all learn from but he wasn't the actual son of a deity... because such deities do not exist.
Hi, not seen you for a while!
Yeah, natural christians, folk who obey Christ without accepting who He is.
Giving this more thought, uh oh! Jesus was simply preaching the ideas and philosophies of John the Bapist. Then he got in trouble with the Jewish Elders and Pilate took over from there. Jesus is not the inventor of Christianity. Same as Hamlet didn't write Hamlet, Shakespear did. Paul founded Christianity 30+ years after Jesus' death. It was Paul who took Jesus' messages, combined it with Judism along with some Roman Paganism, and the next thing you know we have the Roman Catholic Church. By the way, there's no evidence that Paul ever met Jesus. One can simply follow these ideas and completely reject a god.
But only if you reject what Christ stated.
I've read people saying that, but I've never really understood it. Where do we find a body of work by (or attributed to, or by witnesses who knew) John the Baptist?
Ahhh, cool! I had wondered the same thing actually. At first I thought it might be a person who was christian but no longer believes in god, I actually prefer your definition Melissa! Makes more sense too
What is a Social Gospel? I've never heard of such a thing.
Sounds wrong to tell people your doing something because of someone else. It sounds more like you could really careless about them, which if that's the case, your doing it for all the wrong reasons to begin with.
I'm wondering the same thing.
I've never heard the terms 'Red Letter Christian' or social gospel; but I like them. I have a deep respect for the figure of Christ. I think it would be great for Christianity to folllow his example, his words, and his footsteps. If I ran across such a group of people, I think I would join them. As it stands; those whom I have encountered who truly live by his words fall outside of their ranks.
Well, John the Baptist is mentioned extra-canonically -- by Josephus, for one -- and he is/was revered by the devout of other faiths. It is unsurprising that a mythology has developed around him.
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