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Don't buy the Jesus the world is trying to sell you

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Bill O'Reilly sells a Jesus who couldn't possibly have cried 'Eloi, Eloi, Llama Sabachthani' from His Cross. Progressive Catholic politicians, such as Nancy Pelosi, sell a Jesus who couldn't possibly have been against gay marriage and abortion. Elton John sells an enlightened, and gay, Jesus. Militant (revisionist) atheists, and agnostics, such as Bart Ehrman, sell a Jesus concocted by a greedy patriarchal Church. Gospel of Prosperity preachers such as Joel Osteen preach the Jesus of 'the lifestyles of the rich and famous.' Cafeteria Catholics across the nation pick and choose the Jesus of their secularist, buffet style.

Truly, the problem is that Jesus represents the whole Truth. And the merchandisers, and salespersons, of the Jesus industry know fully well that the whole Truth is not palatable to such a 'perverse generation.'

"Jesus the Nazarene was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
" Acts 2:14, 22-33

Heresies which try to pit Jesus' humanity against any possibility of His divinity are not new to Christianity. The Arians were a very powerful movement (both ecclesially and politically) during the early centuries of Church History. A human Jesus is very marketable to a faithless generation. Solely human, Jesus of Nazareth is palatable as a pop-psych guru, prophet of social justice, and all around nice guy, or, even, to increase sales, as a political dissident and radical. Heck, a purely human Jesus could be a steamy 'Harlequin' lover of Mary Magdelane, a gay boyfriend to St. John, or a space alien bringing 'out of this world' wisdom.

The bottom line is, selling a purely human Jesus makes the seller into a Divine authority on his, or her, puppet Jesus.

"Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
" Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11

Furthermore, a purely human Jesus demythologizes the Body and Bride of Christ, the Church, making objective morality a fallacy, while pushing religious faith behind closed doors. Selling a purely human Jesus not only makes authors, and pundits, rich, but it allows the selling of secularism, hedonism, and ideologies which benefit a certain, select portion of the population.

When Jesus is but a man, the Church is but another social organization amongst many.

"He was known before the foundation of the world
but revealed in the final time for you,
who through him believe in God
who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,
so that your faith and hope are in God.
" 1 Peter 1:17-21

Thankfully, the O'Reilly's and Ehrman's of the world are revealed for the shoddy historians they really are. Portraying New Testament Truths, hoping nobody actually reads the New Testament, portraying Church history, hoping nobody actually reads the Church Fathers, or the results of Ecumenical Councils, they are revealed as charlatans and amateurs. Against their eisegesis, or self-imposed 'truths,' real, provable, available, Christian History reveals an Apostolic Tradition, Scriptural consistency, and Liturgical and prayer life, which always understood Jesus as both human and divine.

And this makes all the difference in the world.

"And he said to them, 'Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?'
” Luke 24:13-35

The problem is that people want to believe what they want to believe. This always was, and it always will be. To believe in a suffering Jesus, who embraced His suffering, therefore transforming inevitable suffering into salvation, this is just unpalatable to a generation set on success and pleasure first. This always was, and it always will be.

And, never forget, the salespersons and charlatans of the various Jesus' know this all too well!

Thoughts? tranz4mation@comcast.net

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