Things Jesus Would Never Say…

The Jesus I worship would never say anything to judge someone.

The Father judges no one but gives judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. . . As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” -John 5:22-23, 30

The Jesus I worship would love everyone.

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” -Luke 14:26-27

The Jesus I worship would never turn someone away because they disagreed with him.

I am the way, and the truth, and the life, and nobody comes to the father except through me.” -John 14:6

The Jesus I worship would never let anyone go to Hell.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.‘” —Matthew 7:20-22

Also see most of Matthew 13

The Jesus I know is not concerned with following rules, but with loving others.

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. . .Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me . . .If anyone loves me, he will keep my word . . .Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. . .If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. . .You are my friends if you do what I command you.” —John 14:15, 21, 23, 24; John 15:10, 14

The Jesus I worship wouldn’t call someone out or judge the sincerity of their faith.

[The Father’s] voice you have never heard, and his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. . . But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.” —John 5:38-42

The Jesus I worship never says anything against two men getting married.

From the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, don’t let man separate.” -Mark 10:6-9; Matthew 19:4-6

The Jesus I worship would never deal with people in anger.

“He looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart and [proceeded to heal a man].” -Mark 3:5

The Jesus I worship doesn’t wouldn’t ever ask for your money. That’s just the church being greedy.

You lack one thing [to prevent you entering the Kingdom]. Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven.” -Mark 10:21

The Jesus I worship was concerned with grace, not condemnation

But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Woe to you, blind guides. . .

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

— Matthew 23:13, 15, 16, 23, 25, 27, 29

The Jesus I worship was friendly, kind and loving to set an example to us, to help our relationships and make us more likable.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” —John 14:18

The Jesus I worship wants to give you blessings; becoming a Christian will make your life so much easier.

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” —Luke 9:23-24

The Jesus I worship was a unifier.

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. ” -Matthew 10:35-36

Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” -Luke 12:51-53

To those who claim that if people would just read Jesus’ words, the world would be more harmonious,

To those “Red Letter Christians” who make statements like the ones above,

To those who worship a Jesus who—not surprisingly—condones what you are okay with, and condemns whatever you don’t struggle with,

To those who think the entire message of Christianity is “God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever beleives in him will have eternal life.” But leaves off the words of John 3:18, “whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God, . . .”

To those who worship a “Jesus” that is really just a deified version of yourself,

I challenge you to read his words. Read the Red Letters.

All of them.

In them is life.

What the world offers is ultimately death.

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