posted on Nov, 24 2009 @ 02:19 PM
The short answer is, no, he wasn't a religious bigot". Jesus originally sought to address the failings of the Jewish "religious right" of that
time. These arrogant priests where taking advantage of ordinary Jews, forcing them to pay burdensome fees for the various rituals, imposing severe
penances, and otherwise abusing these people.
Jesus widened his ministry to include non-Jewish people as well. This is not the behafvior of a bigot. The Canaanite woman may have been called an
insulting name, but re4member that it was Matthew who used the word, not Jesus.
In fact, in one of Jesus's parables, he speaks of the "Good Samaritan". Samaritans were regarded as scum, the dregs of society. This parable
tells of "righteous" people ignoring a wounded person, but this "Samaritan" - this scumbag - stops to help him. Jesus is saying, in effect, that
all these fine, upstanding citizens weren't as righteous as the person everyone looked down on. Again, not the behavior of a bigot.