Thinking Out Loud

March 10, 2011

Evangelicals “Hate” Jesus — True or False?

Filed under: Religion — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:30 am

While admitting to a rather provocative article title, The Huffington Post is either totally spinning a Pew Forum report, or we’re being told something that we may not want to hear, but need to hear:

White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to support politicians or policies that reflect the actual teachings of Jesus. It is perhaps one of the strangest, most dumb-founding ironies in contemporary American culture. Evangelical Christians, who most fiercely proclaim to have a personal relationship with Christ, who most confidently declare their belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, who go to church on a regular basis, pray daily, listen to Christian music, and place God and His Only Begotten Son at the center of their lives, are simultaneously the very people most likely to reject his teachings and despise his radical message.

Ouch!  Then follows a clarification; and at the same time the sternest rebuke:

Evangelicals don’t exactly hate Jesus — as we’ve provocatively asserted in the title of this piece. They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them.

Read Phil Zuckerman’s report at Huffington Post.

Related: Read Daniel Jepsen’s response.

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3 Comments »

  1. Zuckerman and Cady are correct in their appraisal,Sadly. Our teachers faithfully preached and won us to Christ,but in my opinion failed to teach “the whole council of God” I ‘ve said that”the Bible is the most political book I’ve have ever read”*** with a response of eyebrows raised!! Happily Tea Party Christians know that good government is Bible directed.Read ” The proper Role of government Author:: Ezra Taft Benson (Deseret press)JL***Canada and U.S.A

    Comment by Joe Lambert — March 11, 2011 @ 3:09 am

  2. Zuckerman and Cady are ignorant of the Bible and the Jesus of it. They have created a straw man argument and simply knocked it down. My reponse article at my website makes this clear.

    Comment by Arthur — March 17, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  3. The teachings of Christ are moronically simple, yet within less than a hundred years Paul and others were twisting it into something different.

    You are a stranger to Jesus if you discriminate against other faiths and sexual orientations; if you save up for your children’s college or a new car; if you own a gun and support any U.S. military actions; if you seek to assume control of the immortal souls of your neighbors through your government.

    Jesus wanted people to treat each others with they same love and tolerance we want others to show us. He did not instruct people to go out and judge the actions of others.

    Jesus wanted people to abandon all materialism, giving up all our worldly possessions to benefit those whose needs were greater. He did not instruct people to hoard wealth for future generations.

    Jesus wanted humans to abhor violence, accepting an abuse offered instead of perpetuating the cycle of violence. He did not instruct people to wage wars.

    Jesus was very clear that his concern was not with the earth but with the spiritual. He did not instruct people to pass laws to enforce the abandoned Mosaic Law.

    Today, in the U.S.A., Christ would not know anyone.

    Comment by Donald Eric Kesler — May 1, 2011 @ 12:06 pm


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