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How incredibly different some churches are from what Jesus taught

How incredibly different some churches are from what Jesus taught

by Glen on 2001-08-26 00:05:59

If you look at the current Poll on the web page, the question posed is

Which did Jesus teach most about?

  • The wrong behavior of notable religious leaders
  • Tithing
  • Being charitable towards others
  • The local temple’s new building program
  • How easy it is to get to Heaven
  • Loving God
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • How beliefs of the Jews were better than Gentiles
  • That wealth and faith go hand in hand
  • How God is really just a glorified man

    Quickly scanning through the book of Matthew, I was impressed to see that Jesus didn’t spend most of his time teaching on any of the proposed solutions to the Poll.

  • Instead of teaching about tithing, he told his disciples “You received without paying, give without pay.” To rich people, he said “sell all you have and give to the poor”.
  • More than telling us to love God, he focused much more on showing us how God loves us!
  • Jesus demonstrated with his own life how faith and selflessness go hand in hand. He rarely touched money.
  • Jesus never boasted about his gifts – the power given to him by God. He exhausted himself in their proper use.

    In fact, Jesus spent the most time teaching mankind how to live life correctly, so we would be in the good grace of God and man, when possible.