Thought Provokers for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

jesus rejection nazareth

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If Jesus Christ were to come today,
people would not even crucify him.
They would ask him to dinner,
and hear what he had to say,
and make fun of it.

Thomas Carlyle
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To this day the fact remains that when a man is brought face to face with Jesus Christ,
he must either hate him or love him;
he must either submit to him, or desire to destroy him.
No man who realizes what Jesus Christ demands can possibly be neutral.
He must either be his lover or his foe.

William Barclay
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The only real Jesus is one who is larger than life, who escapes our categories,
who eludes our attempts to reduce him to manageable proportions so that we can claim him for our cause.
Any Jesus who has been made to fit our formula ceases to be appealing
precisely because he is no longer wondrous, mysterious, surprising.
We may reduce him to a right-wing Republican conservative or a gun-toting Marxist revolutionary
and thus rationalize and justify our own political ideology.
But having done so, we are dismayed to discover that whoever we have signed on as an ally is not Jesus.
Categorize Jesus and he isn’t Jesus anymore.

Andrew Greeley’s introduction to Lloyd C. Douglas’s The Robe
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Our society has taken Jesus and recreated him in our own cultural image.
When I hear Jesus being proclaimed from the television stations across our country, from pulpits hither and yon,
he comes across not as the biblical Jesus, not as the Jesus described in the Bible,
but as a white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Republican or Democrat….
God created us in his image,
but we have decided to return the favor and create a God who is in our image.

Tony Campolo
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A man who really thought of nothing but getting safe to heaven
would be as bad as a man in a shipwreck who thought of nothing but getting himself safe into a boat.

Bernard Bosanquet
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I have three English walnuts, and both my sons want two of them.
In every realm, that’s the major problem in the world today.

Abraham Lincoln
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About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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