Originally Posted by Rainbow
I know what you mean, the sermon on the mount is utterly beautiful. If he actually lived, he taught compassion for sure.
I definately agree with you that his life "theme" if you will was a beautiful one, but there are some aspects I think are non-liberal. If you accept the trinity, that Jesus and God are distinct yet one you have to accept that he has non-liberal aspects to him. Including exclusiveness. Liberalism is all about inclusiveness. I mean the entire base of Christianity is on an exclusive God to the Israelites by birth.
Ookay this is going to be crude but I am typing fast and can't cite anything for you...
See, God creates adam and eve, right? They are the first and only race--the human race. They, their children, their children's children, and so on--all have the freedom to trust and lvoe God or not. Period. Those that followed God were termed Israelites. Israel means God. Those that didn't became gentiles.
Man and society created races and division. The Bible later addresses that in many old and new testament stories.
Okay, I gotta go. My time is up, IYKWIM. DIAPER time. I hope this makes some sense.
Oh, I have been burned by Christians so awfully you'd cry. Thank God that Jesus is not defined by his followers. There have been times where I haven't been able to step near a church. There have been times where I have gone b/c I want to worship God despite my anger at people. And there are rare times where I exprience deep fellowship with people. I am thankful for those times. I never know what each week will bring, though. Only God is faithful.