I tell you the truth, Jesus is not our mom

Note: I first wrote and published this a few years ago. I occasionally revise and republish it.

Two thousand years ago, a carpenter lived a conventional life for 30 years in a tiny village in the Middle East. Then he somehow became as they might say today, “radicalized.”

Historians agree that Jesus did exist. There are reliable ancient records of him. But most of what we know are opaque and contradictory accounts written decades after his death in what we now call the Gospel of the New Testament.

In one sense, those Gospel accounts are profoundly simple. They say Jesus was the Messiah prophesized in the Hebrew Bible. As such, he performed miracles to save those needing saving. He came back from the dead. That’s the word.

But in a personal sense, the Gospels present a more complicated man than the one presented in Sunday School or even adult church services.

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The Left Finds Jesus, Sort Of

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“What would Jesus do?”

From issues of so-called wealth inequality to global warming to nukes in Iran, the Left is suddenly atwitter with that question.

Notably, however, many on the Left asking this question don’t even believe Jesus existed. (On that point, their position is contrary to the conclusions of most historians.)

So why are they asking what a person whom they think never existed would do two millennia after the end of his life that they believe didn’t happen, about issues in a country that hadn’t been created at the time he didn’t live?

Because they think the question helps them win certain political arguments, that’s why. They don’t believe in Jesus, but, on certain issues, they think he’s on their side.

The latest example is a law in Indiana allowing persons of religion to practice their faith.

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