Lists are the thing, aren’t they. It’s time we had some on this here blog thingy.
List 1. 10 things Christians pretend Jesus didn’t say:
1. Treat others as you like to be treated (Matthew 7.12)
2. Forgive so that you’ll be forgiven (Matthew 6.14)
3. Don’t judge unless you want to be judged (Matthew 7.1)
4. Sell all you have and give it to the poor (Mark 10.21)
5. Turn the other cheek (Luke 6.29)
6. Go the extra mile (Matthew 5.41)
7. Give to all who ask and lend without expecting anything back (Luke 6.30 & 35)
8. Love your neighbour as much as yourself (Matthew 22.39)
9. Love your enemies (Luke 6.27)
10. Don’t worry about the future (Matthew 6.34)
If Christians followed these injunctions, what a very different world it would be. Instead, what do we get..?
List 2. 10 things Christians think Jesus should have said, but didn’t (with a few examples):
1. Show love for others by telling them what sinners they are (1, 2)
2. Stand on principle as much as you can (1, 2, 3).
4. See persecution everywhere (1, 2, 3, 4)
5. Sue those who upset you (1, 2)
6. Demonise those who don’t share your world view (1, 2, 3, 4)
7. Hate homosexuals and oppose same-sex marriage (1, 2, 3)
8. Set yourself up as defender of God’s standards (1, 2)
9. Argue endlessly about points of doctrine (1, 2)
10. Obsess about the future and the state of the world (1, 2, 3)
This is the Christianity we’ve got. Well done, o righteous ones, for perverting Jesus’ radical (and yes, ridiculously impossible) message into this unsavoury concoction of mean-spirited self-centredness. It’s what he wouldn’t have wanted.
My book Why Christians Don’t do What Jesus Tells Them To …And What They Believe Instead looks at how Christians ignore most of what Jesus says in favour of a Christianity of their own making. You can find it here in the UK, here in the US and on Kindle. Go on. You know you want it.
David, I can’t publish any more of your ‘comments’ unless they make some point. As they stand, they are nothing more than links to other sites. I’m more than happy for you to comment about any of the issues I raise, but you need to make a point yourself not just link elsewhere.
Upon first entering what I considered “real” Christianity I noticed the arrogance and ignorance of it all but let myself be brainwashed anyway.So glad I can now say to hell with this superstition!And I do think the idiot of the gospels or real Jesus would love what his religion evolved in to.He too was a self seeking foolish cult leader.
He tempted the god he believed in and it failed him but his believers made a success story out of him anyway by changing his story imo.
He did. He thought he was the catalyst that would compel God to bring about the end of things as they were. He thought too he’d be the king of the new kingdom and that his 12 pals would judge the tribes of Israel. As you say, a deranged cult leader if ever there was one.