Isn’t Jesus Intolerant?

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“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Jesus)

When Jesus talks about some people not entering heaven, some of us feel repulsed. We are tired of intolerance of any kind, but especially intolerance done in God’s name. Jesus just sounds like one more bigoted religious figure power hungry to create barriers between persons. Too many of us have known this kind of pain. And yet, have you ever noticed that if someone comes to your house . . . Continue reading “Isn’t Jesus Intolerant?”

Is Jesus Arrogant? Musings on Exclusivity

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“I am the way, and the truth and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jesus)

Jesus sounds narrow minded and arrogant. He suggests that we locate God through no other way but His. This kind of exclusive claim disgusts many of us. We are wore out with the mean dismissal of human beings on the basis of our believing differently from one another. No wonder we feel this way. So many have claimed that they alone possess what is true, that a great deal of harm and hurt has resulted over the years. And yet, despite this terrible harm that arrogance in the name of God has caused us human beings, it startles us, doesn’t it, to admit how important it is on some occasions to give thanks for what is exclusive?  Continue reading “Is Jesus Arrogant? Musings on Exclusivity”