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  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    I am glad when pastor’s ignore Jesus’ teachings,
    especially when it is the teachings like:

    — Hell Fires for those who sin !! (many verses)
    — great to be poor and hungry, bad to be rich– Luke 6
    — I bring division and fire to earth –Luke 12:51
    — Beat your servants with only a few blows — Luke 12: 48
    — Hate your family (or Matt 19:29) — Luke 14:26

    Jesus was and always has been a sock-puppet. People use him for their favorite message. How funny it is to worship and idealize a sock-puppet

  2. Caryn LeMur says:

    I do agree that everyone uses any philosophy for their favorite message.

    That is being human.

    The words attributed to Jesus span an enormous area. If our mental filter is ‘to find the dangerous ideas’, then we will find them in the words of Jesus.

    If our mental filter is to ‘correct and control others’, then we will find support in the words of Jesus (and in Paul’s letters, of course).

    If our mental filter is to ‘come alongside’ someone that is over-burdened, and stand with them, restore what we can, then we will find support in the words of Jesus, and again, in the words of Paul in Galatians.

    And I worship the person. I recognize the human tendency, even in me, to ‘cherry pick’ what fits my philosophy. Hopefully, I do not worship the ‘sock puppet’… but I admit, we shall never humanly escape the tendency to see only what we wish to see in the Bible..

  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    @ Caryn,
    Lots of people admire (or worship) cherry-picked versions of reality. People do it with Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Donald Trump and Jesus. If it serves them and others well, then what-the-heck, but ….