posted on Jan, 28 2016 @ 10:21 AM
a reply to: Sigismundus
Textl. His stance on money - apparently he advocated people selling ALL of their belongings and giving the proceeds over to the Evionim ('the poor
ones') in order to take up the yoke of the kingdom and follow him. The vast majority of 'Christians' in modern day America (and in the West generally)
do not live without any material possessions and have clearly NOT given away all they have to the Poor (Matt 19:21) in order to enter into the
I do not understand this in the same manner as you have postulated your reading.
Jesus was not not teaching by commandment or by inference that all Jews must do as he instructed this young man in Matthew 19:21. The Jews already had
a national tithing law and to command this as a pertaining to all Jews is not the case at all. Jesus Himself had a bag man so that would also show
that it was not the case as you demonstrate.
In fact this man wanted to be perfect (without blame in the judgment) and asked Jesus how he could attain perfection In this life. The man was
another rich person who loved his money and power and when told to get rid of that life style he turned away from the advise of Jesus.
In lite of this it was not addressed to a group of people or even several people but was addressed to this one particular rich man. Jesus did not
seek this example out but instead it came to Him and was a command to anyone.
2, His stance on Divorce - his reactionary & ultra conservative statements on this subject is covered in another thread ('Can a True Follower of Jesus
be Divorced/Remarried and still call himself a 'Christian'?)
Jesus had no so called stance on divorce. His Father God made the rule book long before His being flesh and in fact was part and parcel of the
creation of Adam and Eve in the garden. All Jesus explained was that by choice we marry and also divorce and that in divorce one breaks a vow to the
Father God. Divorce is not the perfect will of God but is His permissive will. The only thing left before judgment in this matter is to repent. All
Jesus did was to remind the people that marriage was in the commands of God and that through choice of sin we practice divorce. Nothing here to
suggest anything contrary.
3. His demands that his disciples avoid the goyim (i.e. Gentiles, non-Jews) and preach only to the Elect of the Lost Sheep of the House of Yisro'el,
and his name calling in Matthew chapter 15 to a poor gentile (SyroPhoenecian) woman who had come to him for help. This smacks of the lowest form of
xenophobia if not overt racism.
Jesus did come to His own first and by your standards of political correctness He was guilty of your understanding. But you make the same error as
almost all liberal moderns of today. Jesus was testing her faith and her faith did not waver. She was an example of faith in God and this was shown
for that purpose. My opinion of course.
If a man has one child or perhaps no child is that man not responsible to his spouse or children? Would it be proper for that man to feed his
neighbor and starve his charge? The man who would starve his own house and feed another is not worthy to draw breath. But if that man has enough to
feed his house and his neighbor then that man has been blessed with abundance has he not? There is food for the souls and there is food for the
spirits. Both are needed at one time but only one is needed for eternity.
1Corinthians_12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all
made to drink into one Spirit.
Race? Nothing could be further from the truth. The woman's needs were met by her faith and shown to the Jews as an example of the perfect will of
God. My opinions of course.
5. Culpability for thought crimes : 'But I say to you, even when a man looks at a woman with lust for her, he has already committed adultery with her
in his heart...'
This is truth. And what is the penalty for doing so? Repent and Jesus will erase that sin where no one can find it again.
We simply do see the glass as half filled or half empty.