Redeeming the Redeemer

"Jesus is in trouble. When people worship him today – or even speak his name – the object of their devotion is unlikely to be who they think he is.

A mythical Jesus has grown up over time. He has served to divide peoples and nations. He has led to destructive wars in the name of religious fantasies.

The legacy of love found in the New Testament has been tainted with the worst sort of intolerance and prejudice that would have appalled Jesus in life. Most troubling of all, his teachings have been hijacked by people who hate in the name of love."

– First paragraph/Chapter 1 of "The Third Jesus" by Deepak Chopra
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5 thoughts on “Redeeming the Redeemer

  1. Thank you for starting a chain of thought…:)

    I agree that people do NOT think on Jesus as He really is, and they make him to be something smaller than he really is. But hmmm….I am thinking…

    How does this make Jesus “in trouble”?

  2. good question: i guess that i would equate it to saying our founding fathers are in trouble if a religious monarchy were to be creeping its head into our government… you know… i think he says this automatically disturbing sentence to catch the attention to the reality of Jesus’ original vision being missed and disregarded.

    of course, this sentence would be upsetting to the mindset that sees Jesus in complete and utter control of all things like i have been so inclined to think over the years, but is he? OR, has he chosen to empower us with his vision and hope for the world? Is that in the realms of possibility? When I open up myself to these questions I find them to be ever so fascinating.

    What if Jesus truly is in trouble? The question then comes up what could Jesus be in trouble of? Being misunderstood? Being misinterpreted? I think that he very well could be in trouble in these regards.

  3. I’m seeing where you are coming from, because yes, Jesus is definately misunderstood and misinterpreted. That has always been the case and will continue to be.
    Jesus often chose to reveal himself and leave people in darkness: “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing, they may see and not percieve, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven” Mark 4:11-12. Matt 13:11 “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but them it has not been granted”.
    Jesus being twisted, or ignored, or misunderstood, “in trouble” is the result of His sovereignty OVER revealing himself in those circumstances. So, a lack of faith on the part of a person doesn’t show a lack of control or power that God has given over to us, but complete control and sovereignty.
    I guess the point i am making is that it wasn’t the will of Christ to be understood by everyone in the gospels. If he is in “trouble” its because Christ put himself in the position on purpose. His teaching was not meant to be plain or understood by all people.

  4. I also see where you are coming from. I don’t think the sovereignty of God is what is meant to be addressed in the statement of “Jesus is in trouble.” It is more of a statement regarding human responsibility. I think we totally would agree with each other, but we are focusing on different topics here. 🙂

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