Letter: Life of Jesus

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Life of Jesus

All of the recent news regarding various church figures have left me wondering, what does it mean to be a Christian?

In terms of personal belief, I think that the Divine, by whatever name one uses, is far too immense and magnificent for any single religious tradition to comprehend it. Beyond that, I make no claims to be a religious scholar.

That being said, the stories about Jesus I’ve heard describe him as standing up for a prostitute (“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”); tending to lepers who were the untouchables of his time; striking up conversations with people whom others in his tribe considered mortal enemies. And when the Roman solders came to arrest him, not only did he refuse to meet them with violence, but he actually healed an injury Peter had inflicted on one of them.

All of this has led me to conclude that Jesus was a man of infinite love who detested violence and considered none too retched to embrace. Yet time and again I hear about people proudly performing acts of hatred and violence in his name.

This has led me to put Christians into two general categories: the ones who do their flawed but sincere best to follow the example set by Jesus in his life and the ones who give endless and often loud lip service to a dead man on a cross because they don’t want to follow the example set by Jesus in his life.

I also have a strong opinion on which type God approves of.


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