Many people will say things like, “Jesus was a great teacher, but . . .” Here are comments that typify this theme from a previous post on this blog:
“there’s plenty in the Bible that I disagree with. However, none of it is directly attributed to Jesus in the New Testament-his teachings seem entirely reasonable and well-founded.”
In short, I admire the teachings of Jesus, but can’t accept other sections of the Bible as reasonable or rational guidance. And, when I consider Jesus’s teachings on love, compassion and non-judgement, I find it far likelier that he would not have condemned homosexuality the way the Old Testament does.
But are they really considering all of Jesus’ teachings? Among other things that offend our 21st century pluralistic sensibilities, many of his lessons included:
John 8:58-59 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
The authority of the Old Testament
Matthew 5:17-18 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Matthew 23:33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Also see the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
His prudishness – He was not only against adultery and divorce, but lust as well
Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
His judgmental nature and intolerance
Matthew 5:29-30 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
John 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son
John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.
Good works won’t earn you salvation. You need to trust in him.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
Also see the Liar, Lunatic or Lord “trilemma” posed by C.S. Lewis
You can shut him [Jesus] up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
When people make the “good teacher” claim I take it at face value. I encourage them to read all of what Jesus taught and offer to answer any questions they may have. I also encourage them to read along on the Bible Study Blog or get involved with a study of their own. I trust that if they get involved with the Word then God will take care of it from there.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hat tip: Bubba