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Would Jesus honestly recgonize his Church today?

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Hi, it's been a while since I posted. I came back to this forum because I wanted to. There was something that came into my mind. Do you think Jesus would honestly recognize his own church today?

 

I don't think he would. He would see good things in all of the churches, but wonder why there are so many denominations. He might see the Catholic Church as being the church Peter was meant to run, but would probably drive out all of the child molesters in that place and see how the Church was used in War time. He might see the Evangelical Fundamentalists as worshiping him but would also be appalled at the mega churches built with businesses inside of them and the prosperity gospel.

 

I don't think most Christians would recognize him. Most of the Western art depicts him as a white guy with brown hair when in reality he would look Middle Eastern and would be mistaken for a terrorist by American Evangelicals.

 

These are just my thoughts, what do you guys think?

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The Christian religion is definitely a transmogrified version of what you see in the gospels. But it is - in my opinion - to ascribe pure motives to Jesus. Among other things, the Jesus of the gospels tells you that you go to eternal hell for the slightest of infractions of the rules he invented on the spot, he engages in the cult-like behavior of stealing young men from their families so that they can join his rogue group of followers, and he lives off the generosity of wealthy women. Even if the church were faithful to the Bible, it would be just as bad of a religion. Maybe worse.

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On 9/3/2019 at 9:15 PM, ShotoManhattan said:

 

These are just my thoughts, what do you guys think?

 

I don't entirely agree with Bhim.  I studied the life and teaching of Jesus, and one problem with speculating about Jesus is that, due to the Catholic church distorting and probably fabricating some information,  we don't know the whole story.  I think they made him into who they wanted him to be, if he in fact did exist.

 

After reading the Gnostic Gospels, which they tried to destroy, I decided he possibly existed.  When you look at the core of his reported teaching, the basic message was another version of the golden rule.  A simple and valid teaching in my way of thinking.  If you can believe the story about him, he likely believed he was the messiah because he was programed to think that way.  I believe he intended his "church" to carry a simple message.  Love god, and neighbor as self.  All the pomp, rituals, rules, etc were added by the church later.

 

Considering the context of his time and situation, if he existed, I came to respect the man.

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