Is Jesus Right (Or Wrong)?

Is Jesus Right (Or Wrong)? October 31, 2019

Sometimes the simplicity of Jesus gets lost in the quagmire of today’s Christian Theology and it’s helpful to stop and ask ourselves some fundamental questions, like:

“Is Jesus right about who God is?”

“Is Jesus Right About Who We Are?”

“Is Jesus Right About Our Fundamental Problems?”

“Is Jesus Right About The Solutions To Our Biggest Problems?”

Let’s take some time to examine these, shall we?

Who Is God?

According To Jesus, God is:

*Not Wrathful

*Always Loving

*Quick to Forgive

*Our “Abba” [Daddy]

*Patient and Kind

Jesus famously said that if we wanted to know what God was like, we simply had to look at him to see for ourselves.

In Jesus we see a reflection of a God who is our “Papa”, who is quick to forgive everyone, who is not wrathful or vindictive, who doesn’t retaliate when attacked, who is especially concerned for the weak, outcast, sick and poor among us, and a God who sends blessings on everyone – not just on those who are righteous, but even on those who hate him most.

Who Are We?

According To Jesus, we are:

*God’s Children

*Loved

*Forgiven

*Accepted

*Treasured

Again, through Jesus we see a God who calls everyone “son” or “daughter”, who loves us enough to give up everything to be with us, who forgives freely and who treasures each of us dearly.

What Are Our Fundamental Problems?

According To Jesus, our problems are:

*We Don’t Forgive

*We Hold Grudges [We Don’t Forget]

*We Have Blind Spots

*We Only See What Others Do Wrong 

*We Are Selfish

*We Love Money

*We Seek Fame

*We Forget Who Our Brother/Sister and Neighbors Are

*We Forget Who God Is

Jesus urges us quite often to be aware of our inward focus on self and reminds us of the need to look up and realize that we are not alone in this world, that we are surrounded with people who are our brothers, sisters and neighbors, and that it’s better for us – and for our entire society – if we focus less on selfish pursuits and more on helping meet the needs of others around us.

The love of money, Jesus told us, is the root of all evil. And as we look around our nation and world today, I think we can say this is true.

Because people love money more than people, they are happy to build for-profit prisons that create a demand for free prison labor and generate millions in revenue for a few private owners.

Because people love money more than people, there are children in cages being kept separate from their parents.

Because people love money more than people, there are entire industries getting filthy rich by manufacturing weapons for an endless war that kill innocent men, women and children around the world.

Because people love money more than people…[fill in the blank].

What Are The Solutions To Our Biggest Problems?

According To Jesus, these are the solutions:

*We Must Understand Who God Really Is

*We Need To Love God and Love Others

*We Need To Learn To Accept God’s Love and Receive Love From Others

*We Need To Recognize Our Collective Pain/Suffering

*We Need To Serve One Another

*We Need To Spend More Time [Abide] With Jesus

Our understanding of God’s character needs to be informed, and corrected, by what we see in the life and heart and character of Jesus. This is who God is: God is exactly like Jesus.

Once we begin to see that, we can understand that Jesus models for us what it means to be like God, and also – since we are all made in the image of God – what it means to be our true selves.

If we can follow the example of Jesus and learn to live as if God is our Father, then we won’t have any trouble remembering who our brothers and sisters are. That’s the first step.

Then, we can begin to walk in greater love, forgiveness, compassion and service to our family, which is everyone around us.

We also need to recognize that “Loving God” and “Loving Others” properly means allowing God to love us, and receiving love from other people. That’s probably one of the hardest things for many of us: To practice receiving love.

Learning how to receive love is critical to learning how to practice loving others.

So, is Jesus right about these things?

I would say, “yes,” and personally, that’s why I have decided to follow Jesus. Because I believe Jesus is right about who God is, who we are, what our problems are, and how to solve those problems.

**

Keith’s next book, “Jesus Undefeated: Condemning the False Doctrine of Eternal Torment” releases Nov. 9, 2019 on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brad Jersak.

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  • Herm

    The love of money, Jesus told us, is the root of all evil.

    This needs to be understood better than we do. Money allows others to hoard access to food, clothing, education, healthcare and shelter in order to sell for a profit. Money has not always been the preferred form of exchange for mankind. For the vast majority of mankind’s existence we were hunter/gatherers. Only to make this short, there was no middle marketers making a profit, especially to become far wealthier than any other member of mankind, by making survival products more expensive than the least wealthy member could afford to buy just to survive.

  • Nimblewill

    4 _______ is patient, _________is kind. ________ does not envy, __________does not boast, _____________ is not proud. 5 _______________ does not dishonor others, ___________is not self-seeking, ____________is not easily angered, ___________ keeps no record of wrongs. 6 ____________ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 __________ always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 ____________ never fails.

    I shared this with our church leadership yesterday. I asked them to put their name in the blanks and then asked them to put God in the blanks. Of course I could be wrong.

  • Nimblewill

    Herm, I have a theory that the money we spend is sort of a tithe in that it helps to clothe and feed those who get paid because I spent it.

  • Herm

    … that theory plays directly into the argument that free Enterprise is the engine for a robust economy. We did not create anything that we depend on to survive. Food, shelter and combustibles existed before mankind and will exist after mankind. Those who hoard to control natural resources for their profit claim their efforts help to clothe and feed the rest of mankind, even when they actually didn’t produce anything, to tax 10% of for their church. We don’t earn anything that God didn’t already make available to us. Humans are more dependent upon the tribe they were born into for their survival than getting pay, food and clothe directly relative to their constructive/productive energy expended. As long as money is the form of exchange determining the quality of each person’s health, education, destiny and potential realized the good (Matthew 7:12) will be controlled by the evil who do to others before others can do to them. Mankind is a human “race” where each member is forced to compete with one another. The God of Father, Son and Holy Spirit shares equally and according to each child’s need as each can bear according to the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 and 22:37-40). 100% of what I am responsible to, legally in my name, was graced to me by God. All carnal valuables in my name can be stolen by evil. All heavenly valuables in my name will grow, with interest, eternally. The cross I carry is not a 10% tithe tax to God, but a 100% burden of love for mankind directed by my Father’s will.

  • Herm

    Filling in the blanks with LOVE regardless of name, as spoken of in Matthew 7:12 and 22:37-40 is eternally fulfilling for all receptive. All of God, including all born of the Spirit, are bound with and in one another as one by love that never fails.

  • rationalobservations?

    Many questions are raised in this op.
    All are meaningless until these questions are answered:
    Why is there absolutely no historical trace of the existence of Jesus from within the whole first century?

    Why believe in someone who first appeared in bibles written in the late 4th century that are very different from bibles in circulation today?

  • swbarnes2

    The love of money, Jesus told us, is the root of all evil.

    I’m pretty sure that’s false.

    Paul wrote that. 1 Timothy 6:10