Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:14 AM
Now, some Liberal Theologians, Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics (etcÃ¢â‚¬Â¦) will purposefully misinterpret the historical Gospel writings (to discredit them, water them down, and or to twist them into what they are not) in order to cause chaos and turmoil in the Christian community, or to make their position look better. But, the fact is that Jesus taught: from the Old Testament scriptures (as if they had literal authority), by example (to show believers how they are to live) and by using Parables (to teach believers, and befuddle non-believers). Though, some will attempt to make everything He said or taught seem as if it was in the form of allegory, if you study the historical writings, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll soon see where they err. Also, EVERYTHING Jesus taught was applicable for His time as well as ours.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s misled, and misleading, would have you believe that Jesus was a rebel, BUT, the rebels were actually the Jewish leadership. There were members of that leadership that listened to the words of Jesus, and followed Him. So, Jesus didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t just gravitate toward the impoverished, politically incorrect and motley, but, he in fact gravitated toward ANYONE who would listen, obey and follow. He scolded the religious leaders because they should have listed, and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t! He told His followers to Ã¢â‚¬Å“listen to what they say, but not do as they doÃ¢â‚¬Â because they were in a leadership position over them. And He verbally held them (the religious leadership) to task.
So, no matter how you interpret (or misinterpret) the historical Gospels, Jesus wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a rebel, He IS the Ã¢â‚¬Å“AuthorityÃ¢â‚¬Â. He surrounded Himself with those who would listen (no matter their station in life), and taught those who obeyed (and continued to obey). He scolded those who refused to listen (and should have known better). And He hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t changedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦