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The Lost God of Jesus V

FINAL THOUGHTS

Cry out with joy, O daughter of Zion!
Shout jubilantly, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Look—your King is coming;
He is righteous and able to save.
He comes seated humbly on a donkey,
on a colt, a foal of a donkey.
I will dismantle Ephraim’s chariots,
retire the warhorses from Jerusalem,
send home the archers to their families in peace.
He will make peace with the nations;
His sovereignty will extend from coast to coast,
from the Euphrates River to the limits of the earth.

Zechariah 9

Over the last four posts, we have considered the lost God of Jesus. In these we have struggled to understand the representations and actions attributed to the Father God of Jesus in the New Testament which conflict with the way he is portrayed both in the Old Testament and today when many, who take the name ‘Christian’, still see this God as a violent being who supports war, slaughter and genocide. I need present no further evidence in this regard in 2024 than the overwhelming support for the indiscriminate slaughter of thousands of innocent men, women, children and babies by many in the ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Charismatic’ movements – especially in the United States of America – allegedly the most ‘Christinaised’ nation in the world today. I cannot begin to contemplate how such people can claim to follow and serve The Prince of Peace revealed in the Christian scriptures. Continue Reading

Thoughts

The Lost God of Jesus IV

THE CHRISTIAN BETRAYAL OF JESUS

Within 300 years of his death and resurrection – upon which the Christian world had founded its faith, Jesus and the God of grace, peace and nonviolence which he represented, were betrayed afresh. Once more, The Compassionate One became engulfed by the violent concepts of the god we see in the Old Testament. As a result, Jesus was rejected by a Christianity which claimed to represent him. Not only so, but as can be seen clearly from history, even down to more recent times, people began to view this god as one who required bloodshed – even human sacrifice, in order to stay the hand of his terror and judgement.

Growing from the mustard seed, sociologists estimate that by the end of the first century, there were less than ten thousand Christians in the Roman Empire. We know from the letters of the Apostle Paul that most churches in his day still met in homes (Romans 16 for example – c AD 57). By the year 200, the number appears to have increased to a little more than two hundred thousand – still well under one per cent of the total population. However, two generations later, by the year 300, Christians are said to have made up some 10 per cent of the population – approximately 6 million. Some estimate that by AD 350, there were as many as 34 million Christians in the known world! Continue Reading