Surely this is the most excellent story I've ever said. Jesus, the Son of Christ, the Son of God, came to earth and sacrificed himself to become mortal for eternal life. Yeah, it's an extra story, really? Egyptian fiction? One of the overwhelming evidence strongly suggests that it is indeed a fact. Even so, you will never hear of mentioning in a church!
Tell me you've examined an old manuscript and wanted to tell if the story was a fact or a fiction, what are you doing? Scientists focus on the hero. If you get the best light in all conditions, it's probably a fiction. Because this is the sort of thing that legends do for the heroes.
Real stories about real people, more ambiguous. Heroes are not so clean, clean and orderly. In fact they often pose minor problems. With this in mind, let us see that the gospels are truly portraits of Jesus.
Family and Friends Lack of Faith in Jesus
The closest to Jesus seems to have the least faith in him. Thomas did not have the only doubt in Jesus. hand-picked apostles. They all express skepticism. They did not believe Jesus when he said he would come back from the grave. And they did not believe others when they said they got up.
Jesus & # 39; their family did not believe it either. According to the Gospel of John, "Even his own brothers did not believe in him." (John 7: 5) And once, the family of Jesus went to Capernaum to look after Jesus, saying, "He is gone." (Mark 3:21) Why would writers write such negative statements in their narratives as Jesus? Certainly, these events were reported, simply because it happened.
Racial or ethnic decline
Is Jesus really a dog for the Canaan woman? Matthew Tells the Following Story: The Canadian woman asked Jesus to drive a daemon out of her daughter. He replied, "They were sent to Israel's lost sheep only."
The woman kneeled and begged, "Lord, help me!"
Jesus questioned, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw them to their dogs."
He replied, "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."
Jesus gave his request, and his daughter got healed. (Matthew 15: 21-28)
Whatever you look, Jesus seems to compare cananites with the dogs. Racial or ethnic failure. In order for the statement to have a full impact, think of Pat Robertson, who makes similar comments about blacks, Indians, or Spaniards. In this highly charged, politically correct environment, its name will be "Mud" when the six-hour news rumbled.
Inclusive or Exclusive Mission?
There's something else here. Is Jesus just the mission of the Jews, or for all? According to his first reply, Jesus makes it clear: "They were sent to the lost sheep of Israel only." Likewise, when Jesus sent the twelve apostles to their first test-drive, he told them to go to Israel's lost sheep. In particular, he said, "Do not go away with any kind of nation and do not enter the city of Samaria." (Matthew 10: 5-6)
In line with this policy, Jesus traveled almost exclusively to Jewish settlements. But we see it on the other side. Remember Simeon from Jerusalem? He lifted up the infant Jesus and said, "the light of cruelty to the Gentiles." (Lk 2:32)
On this line, we find Jesus in the place who handles the Roman centurion servant without referring to the race. (Matthew 8: 5-13) He also spoke with the Samaritan women at the well, and after two days disciple the Samaritans from a nearby city. (John 4: 7-41) And of course, as the Canaanite prayed, Jesus went and healed his daughter. Finally, we see the resurrected Jesus, saying to his disciples, "Enter into the whole world and proclaim the good news of the whole creation." (Mark 16:15) "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." (Matthew 28:19)
We wonder whether Jesus understood his mission to be inclusive: Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles – or Exclusive: Only Jews? Why is ambivalence? It is possible that the mission has changed sometime. The gospels do not say.
Mysterious Speeches and Parables
Some of Jesus' sayings are difficult to understand. For example, "Nobody grew up among women as John the Baptist, but who is the least in heaven's kingdom is greater than he is." (Matthew 11:11) What does Jesus mean by this? They did not tell us.
Here is another text: "The law and the prophets are proclaimed only to John, and since then they have preached the good news of the kingdom of God, and everyone is compelled to go." (Luke 16:16) What did Jesus mean by saying, "Everyone is forcing the way?" Do not explain it again.
Then that strange statement to Peter. Peter only condemned the great confession: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus replies: "I will give you the keys of the heavenly kingdom, all bound upon the earth, and you will be bound in heaven, and you will shine on the earth in heaven." It sounds like Peter was the heaven and earth dictator. But surely Jesus does not mean that.
In addition to some inexplicable sentences, Jesus offers an immaculate parable – the cunning manager's parable. Read the story for yourself. (Luke 16: 1-9)
Here is the essence of the tale: there was a wealthy man who believed his manager was unfair. So he calls the co-worker and says, "Look at your books, if you've cheated, you fired."
Did the manager think what I'm going to do? Here, your boss will shoot me. I'm not strong enough to dig and I'm ashamed to beg. Okay, here is what I can do to get some friends to do. The one who lends my employer eight hundred gallon of olive oil, I offer you to clarify the books if you pay four hundred gallons. And the man who is from a thousand wheat, I'll settle for eight hundred pounds.
A wealthy employer learned what his unfair leader was and congratulated him on doing sly. "Because people in this world understand better how they deal with their own kind than light people." Luke 16: 8) Jesus finishes this parable, saying, "I tell you, use the secular wealth to make friends for yourself, that when you go you will receive eternal dwellings." (Luke 16: 9)
Does this make any sense? Here is a defective manager who is ready. He tries to attract and influence people by wiping his employer (even more than he has done), giving big concessions to his debtors. He thinks that such people will have good grace.
Well, your boss is listening to the con game and tells his boss: "Well, how smart you are." He then concludes that "Greedy, dishonest, materialistic people know how to escape and deceive the way in life that deals with other greedy, dishonest, materialistic people, while people who try to follow the teachings of Christ (such as: they would do it for you.) They probably lose their shirts. "
Undoubtedly this is true. But what is morality? You do not really think that Christ recommends that we join the "people of the world", grasping and deceiving, right?
Well, if it's not quite disturbing, now grace comes. Jesus tells us that we use our money to buy our friends, and when we run out of money (presumably when we buy our friends we can afford) we will somehow welcome to heaven.
Think about it. If you were one of the debtors who saw this cheat cheating your employer for the good part of it, would you be willing to hire the thief to lead your own affairs? And really buy her friends? What kind of friendship would it be?
It is undoubtedly a strange parable. Interestingly, what does Jesus think. Of course, you will not find much sermon on it. Preachers have as much difficulty as anyone else. But here's the essence: This stunning story is one of the realistic bumps we run in the gospels. We would not expect such things if Luke had made the tale. The only reason the writer included this mysterious parable was because one or more sources claimed that Jesus said this.
Jesus & # 39; Prophecies
Jesus made many prophecies and affirmed them. He predicted that an apostle would betray him. He was. He indicated which apostle would do the act. She indicated what she did. He predicted that his disciples would leave him. They did it. He predicted that Peter would deny him three times. Peter did this thing.
He predicted that the high priest and law educators would condemn him to death. And they did it. He predicted that the Jews would pass over to the Gentiles. That's what they did. He predicted that the heathen would mock, choke, and strain him. The Roman soldiers are all three. He predicted he would rise on the third day. He did it. He predicted the complete destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. The Romans were ravaged in the 70's.
Jesus also said so many words that Peter was crucified. Eusebius, a church historian and the scientist of the third century, says that Peter really crucified.
Jesus was so many times and so many things do not even question him when he says he is the Son of God. And when he tells us to come back to judge the world, we accept him because he is a small ways to know what you are talking about. He says something will happen; It happens. That's simple. But is that always the case?
Matthew is another member of Jesus. prophecies: "The Son of Man will come to the glory of his father in the angels, and reward all men what he has done, not taste the death before they see the son of man, his kingdom." (Matthew 16: 27-28)
What do you do about it ? Does it sound like Jesus says that the people who stand there listen to his voice, are still alive when he comes back to the world's judgment? If you think it comes from this context, read it to yourself. Mark and Luke also carry this quote. (Mark 8: 38-9: 1) (Luke 9: 26-27)
In another prophecy, Jesus tells us that when he returns, everyone will know. It will not be a secret. It will be as obvious as a lightning strike in the sky. Jesus says that the Son of Man comes with the clouds of heaven with His power and glory. He will send a strong trumpet call and pick up his choices from one end of the sky to the other.
"Truly I tell you, this generation will surely pass away until all these things happen." (Matthew 24: 27-34)
This is important. Look at your own Bible. Does it sound like Jesus would say that some of the people living at the beginning of the first century will still live when he returns to elect his elect? This seems to be a simple reading of this section. Luke also includes this quotation. (Luke 21: 25-36)
It is no wonder that early Christians believed that Jesus would return in his own life. They were directly from the Son of God.
However, the situation is not entirely clear. Jesus quickly adds: "No one knows the day and the hour, even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." (Matthew 24:36) Luke adds, "… but the end will not come immediately." (Luke 21: 9)
We are composing all the pieces, here we find: Jesus returns to the judgment of the earth and rewards us for everything we did. His angels gather all those who are faithful to him. This will not happen, and only the Father knows exactly when it will happen. But some of those who lived in Jesus' day are still alive when they return. Is there any other explanation? See my article: "Jesus was wrong?"
The two prophecies did not materialize. Matthew and Luke both recorded; Mark only mentions the first one. The writers of the gospel have not tried to hide, alter or "refresh" these statements. And he notes that the early Christian editors did not crush these passages, even after all the original disciples died, and the whole generation died.
This is about some things about Máté, Mark and Luke. First of all, it is quite appropriate that these accounts are written before "the whole generation has died". It is inconceivable that a later generations of writers would deliberately be under Jesus; with false forecasts.
What's more, Matthew, Mark and Luke are reliable writers. Surely, the only reason why these potentially harmful prophecies are recorded is simply because Jesus said this. As far as early Christian editors are concerned, they never exist. If they were there, we would never have seen these predictions from Jesus.
Jesus was afraid of his trick
How does the gospel portray Jesus' portrait? No macho man; he is not stoic; he's a real man who knows what's in him. And I do not like you better than you or me. Matthew says that Jesus was "sad and confused" in the garden of Gecsemane. (Matthew 26:37) Jesus said to Peter, James, and John: "My soul overwhelms me with sorrow to death, and it will stay and watch." (Matthew 26:38)
Jesus really wanted to avoid the pain and suffering that he knew was his way. He prayed, "Father, if possible, leave this cup from me, and pray for the second time, Luke says," The anxiety that he prayed gloomily and his sweat was like drops of blood on the ground. "And for the third time he prayed, saying the same thing (Matt. 26: 39-44).
Again, we find reality, history and archeology, we know something of horrible horror, while on the cross Jesus said at three o'clock," God, my God, why did you forsake me? " (Matthew 27:46) Yes, we know that he fulfills prophecy, yet he is still curious
Does God really leave his only begotten Son in his most desperate hour? A cool thought: Anything else to say about this pitiful crying, we know that this is not inspirational, and not a confidence builder, and this does not help in selling Christianity, so why did Matthew and Mark repeat this quote? Indeed, the reason is simply because that is what Jesus said
the Eralogy of the Gospel  In my previous article, "Apostles: Legendary Heroes or Real People?", We examined how the gospels portrayed the apostles. When we examine the portrait of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Jesus, we discover an extraordinary preacher who has teachers with authority and whose signs and wonders and its wonders are realized. He preaches the highest form of morality, lives a sinless life and dies a terrible death, sacrificing himself for our sins. And they say that he is our only hope for salvation.
These are, of course, the basic statements of Christianity. But when we look at the details in the gospels, we find that writers contain a number of oddities about this God-man. Jesus & # 39; family and friends have never believed it throughout her life. At least once did the kanaanites with dogs.
It seemed to him astonished that the pagans and the Samaritans were present in his mission. Sometimes the message is unclear and sometimes even confusing. Obviously, some of his prophecies just did not materialize. And as we approach the end of the story, we find that Jesus feels fear and pain like anyone else. Finally, we hear the pitiful crying to help the cross.
All these curiosities are difficult to fit into our idea of what the perfect savior is. But Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are not interested in our taste. They say an unusual story and say. They do not decorate; not covered. They are not trying to build a character – not even the Son of God. These gospel writers only report what they know or what other eyewitnesses have told them.
Jesus was a real man, and the story of the Gospel, the most amazing story he has ever said, strongly supports the literary integrity of his writers. And this is good news for all of us.
Note: All written references are from New International Version.
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