Ah, 'tis the season to celebrate Jesus and I figured it would be fun to lay out the reasons why the founder of Christianity was a radical liberal figure in a time of conservative, orthodoxy.
Jesus was against formal prayer in school. "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men." and "when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray"[Matthew 6:5-6].
Jesus was accepting of all lifestyles and people. He did not approve of everything but he accepted and loved everyone. He taught after all that God is the only one who is allowed final judgement. So who are some of these conservatives who judge homosexuals as being "immoral" and "going to hell?"
1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.2. For with that judgment ye judged, so shall ye be judged: and with that measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.3. and why beholdest thou mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam in thy own eye?4. Or how wilt thy say to thy brother, let me pull out the mote of thine eye; and, behold a beam is in thine own eye? [Matthew 7:1-4]
Or if you don't like that verse, let's try another: 1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? [Romans 2-1-3]
This is advice that we should all take.
Jesus was for separation between church and state. Jesus said, "render unto Ceaser[the government]what is Ceaser's and render unto God what is God's" [Matthew 22:21].
The following information is shamelessly pulled from the Jesus Is a Liberal website:
Peacemaking, not War Making: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9] Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39] I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44].
The Death Penalty: Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21] Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39] I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44] Then there is [John 7:52-John 8:12] where Jesus freed the adulterous woman whom others wanted to stone to death.
Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7] Do not judge, lest you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]
Justice: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [Matthew 5:6] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy [Matthew 5:7] But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [Matthew 6:15]
Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth: Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.] Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]
Community: Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39] So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.[Matthew 7:12.] If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. [Matthew 19:21]
Equality & Social Programs: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]
Paying Taxes: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. [Matthew 22:21]
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