There is hardly any subject that causes people to be pushed more out of shape than religion. The subject of religion is considered a taboo subject because of the passions that are ignited when discussing a person’s belief system. Too many times a person’s personal prejudices are woven into a religious theme.http://www.ask.com/wiki/Taboo?o=2800&qsrc=999&ad=doubleDown&an=apn&ap=ask.com
The gospels of the Bible give a panoramic view of the life of Christ from a perspective of a Jewish tax collector, a young scholar who was tutored by Paul, an intellectual physician, and a disciple of Jesus’ inner circle. Jesus’ life was chronicled by four different points of view that gave a clear representation of who Christ was.
The Bible discloses that Jesus was the fleshly representation of God who was heralded by the major prophet Isaiah and others who fulfilled the lofty promise a being a child born and Son given, the government being upon His shoulders, and having the monikers of Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. There is none other person now or then that could even begin to qualify for distinctions aforementioned.
Who Jesus is and what He represented still brings theological, philosophical, and social debate. It seems strange that one would object to anyone who would bring hope, salvation, and a message of peace to a world in turmoil.
The message of Christ is a revolutionary approach to fulfill the Scriptures, introduce a dispensation of grace, and as Jesus declared “all the law of the prophets hangs on these two new commandments I give you; to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength…and to love your neighbor as yourself.”
There are obviously other attributes that Christ disclosed would show you are a true follower as “to show love for one another”, however nothing revealed by Jesus should make one necessary to hate and to loath with suspicion. Just what is the problem with what Christ said would show you are His follower and would make you a severe threat?
Atheists, secular humanists, and others hating on Christianity attempt to discredit Christianity by showing you the worst examples possible of hypocrisy, immorality, and criminal activity. However all these poor examples demonstrate are the moral failures of those pretending to have the attributes of Christ.
Mother Teresa’s example was a bulls-eye for following Jesus’ example and teaching but the atheists, secular humanists, and others avoid her example.
Condemning others, judging others, and hating others are not things instructed by Christ, in fact Jesus specifically addresses not to do those things mentioned. Judgment is reserved only for the Righteous Judge which is on Judgment Day. Jesus represents God’s desire is that none perish, a standard that redemption is for anyone coming into repentance.
Following what Jesus taught does not represent a threat, except to those with hateful desires and those hating for anything God represents. The world follows the law of the jungle where the survival of the fittest rules and having nobody in authority over them.
Jesus’ example of sacrificial love and putting the needs of others first is in direct conflict to a world value system based on me, myself, and I.