May Jesus rightly be deemed intolerant of the original and actual sin and propensities of fallen mankind? Could it be said that he practiced a form of ‘spiritual conversion therapy’? Should he be considered one who attempted to force his own spiritual morality upon the people?
“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
By today’s standards, Jesus would most probably be deemed an intolerant radical, irregardless of the mercy and kindness he bestowed upon the multitude. The PC police of our day would swiftly label Jesus a bigoted hate speaker for promoting himself as the only true source of redemption and for expounding on the consequence of sinful rebellion.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
During his brief earthly ministry, Jesus acted with little regard for the religious establishment. Jesus was the truth incarnate and could never deny himself. There would be no appeasement.
“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”
Jesus is the source of all that is righteous and good. He is a complete and utter offense to the strong and the proud.
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
His was a message that was totally unacceptable to the religious and political powers of His day. Even most of the common folk would come to reject this bold messenger, despite the amazing works and miracles He wrought upon the people.
“He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth”
It would be the same today. If Jesus walked among us, he would be completely rejected. Sin, in particular, has become a foreign concept deemed too offensive for public consideration in mainstream, secular society (and even many churches of today.)
“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
We could very well be headed toward a society where a young lady past puberty would be free to smoke pot and engage in prostitution as per secular and educational standards (despite any parental objections.) At what point does the so-called ‘forcing morality upon your neighbor’ argument run its course? Should our moral standard be fixed or perpetually progressing?
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
When we take a moment to consider those who were truly impacted by the man responsible for turning the cultural order and spiritual establishment upside down, it is clear that the proud and haughty were often passed by due to their own resistance.
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