A few more notes on the gospels

Previously in the series: Genesis and ExodusLeviticus through DeuteronomyJoshua through PsalmsProverbs through Song of SongsIsaiah through EzekielDaniel through MalachiMatthew, Mark.

I had been planning to do one post per gospel… but I really just don’t have enough to say about the last two gospels, Luke and John. Luke has a fair amount of material unique to it but it still mostly repeats Matthew and Mark. Some of that material, like the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan, is quite nice, so I’ll say I like Luke slightly more than the other gospels, but Luke still has a fair amount of the same bad stuff Matthew and Luke do.

And then there’s John. The most blatantly antisemitic gospel, where Jesus’ opponents are most often described not as the scribes/Pharisees/Sadducees but as just “the Jews.” John is also rather heavy on the “non-Christians are going to Hell” stuff, though there are some hints in there that you need to do what Jesus tells you to do in order to be saved.

Anyway, the tweets:

  • Luke 3:9-11 John the Baptist says: if you don’t want to be a tree that gets chopped down and burned, give your stuff to the poor.
  • Luke 3:38: Adam is called the son of God.
  • Luke 6:20 “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
  • Luke 6:21 “Blessed the hungry, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep, for you will laugh.” <—— If only this were always true.
  • Luke 6:24 “Woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.”
  • Luke 6:25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.”
  • Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?”
  • Luke 6:47 “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.”
  • The Gospel of Luke isn’t prefect, but its chapter 6 is one of the better parts of the Bible. Wonder how many Christians have really read it.
  • Luke 9:27: Jesus says: “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
  • Luke 10:10-12: If a town doesn’t welcome Jesus’ disciples, the day of judgment will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
  • Luke 10:15 “And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades.”
  • Luke 10:25-27: What should you do to inherit eternal life? Love God with all your heart and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Luke 11:23 “Whoever is not with me is against me.”
  • Luke 12:51 “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!”
  • Luke 12:9 Jesus says, “Whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.”
  • Luke 14:26 “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters… cannot be my disciple.”
  • Luke 17:26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man.”
  • Luke 17:27 “They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until… the flood came and destroyed all of them.”
  • Luke 17:28 “Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building”
  • Luke 17:29 “but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them”
  • Luke 17:30 ” —it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”
  • Luke 18:22 “Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor.”
  • Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes… famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.”
  • Luke 21:25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars.”
  • Luke 21:32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.”
  • Luke 22:36 Jesus says, “The one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one.” Huh?
  • Luke 22:37: Okay, Jesus asked for a sword to fulfill a prophecy about being “counted among the lawless” (?) Am I getting that right?
  • Luke 23:46 (KJV): Jesus “gave up the ghost.” Really interesting what a great treasure-trove of English idioms the KJV is.
  • You’ve read one synoptic gospel, you’ve read them all.
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life.”
  • John 3:18 “…but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
  • John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.”
  • John 5:29: The dead who’ve done good will rise “to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the res. of condemnation.”
  • John 6:54 “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”
  • So… communion is the key sacrament? (John 6:53-54)
  • John 8:24 “You will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”
  • John 8:32 “The truth shall make you free.”
  • John 8: A debate between Jesus and “the Jews,” where he calls them “sons of the devil” (verse 44).
  • John 12:39-40: Some people can’t believe because Isaiah prophesied that God would blind their eyes and harden their hearts.
  • Jn. 12:28 “The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge”
  • John 14:6: Jesus says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • John 14:21 “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me.”
  • John 15:6 “Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch… such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”
  • John 15:23 “Whoever hates me hates my Father also.”
  • smrnda

    Thanks for pointing out the antisemitism in John, which is often held up by Christians as the greatest Gospel, the one that’s less about parables and moral rules and which is (supposedly) about how much Jesus loves us. I just can’t stand how the antisemitism gets glossed over or ignored.

    • Liz

      DID you read JOHN???? Why did the pharasees kill Jesus??? because he HEALED on the Sabbath! they hated that people followed Jesus and they lost control of the people. They did not exibit the fruits of the Sprirt which is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, gentleness and self-control and that is why Jesus preached they were “white washed tombs” they looked great on the outside, but were full of death on the inside….they enslaved the people with their unscriptural burdens. I can’t believe this blogger took all of these verses so out of context. You should read if FOR YOURSELF. Jesus is wonderful. And He loves you. He died for you. He came to give you peace. You were created in the image of God and He loves you. You are not some chemical reaction that got here by random chance and mutation. If you read anything trying to dig out something negative for sure you will succeed.

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