Wednesday, October 8, 2008

When Paul and others were un-Christlike (gasp Even Jesus!)

1 Cor 4:18-21
1 Cor 5:1-13 (especially vs.5,13)
2 Cor 13:2
Gal 1:8-9
Gal 2:11
Gal 3:1
Gal 4:20
Phil 3:2
2 Thess 3:14
3 John 9

Acts 15:36-41
John 2:12-25
John 2: 4 (he call his mom woman, so much for being an example)
Matt 23:1-39
Matt 16:23
Matt 3:7

Sometimes we have such a narrow understanding of being Christ-like that we make being a christian more like being wimps. These verses or passages paint another dimension for us to think about. Are Christians just nice or Like Jesus? Jesus was not nice. He was good. Jesus sometimes gave really strong rebuke, he made sarcastic stories, called people names, spit on the ground and used saliva and mud to heal, and to top it off really blew his head off throwing tables and livestock and money plus whipping the sellers in the temple! So much for example eh. So much for Jesus being meek eh.

The point is don't just settle for what we think Jesus has been in peoples mouths or tradition. Find out for yourselves. You could end up being offended by Jesus. But then again he is loving and all that. Try picturing how Jesus, his disciples, Paul and the other believers would look like with some of these passages.

I believe the bible, warts and all. Even the difficult passages. But sometimes they make me shudder and rethink a lot of things. Lets make God in his words teach us.

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