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What Would Jesus Do?

For many mainstream Christians (usually not the fundamentalists), religion isn’t about divine truth. In fact, to these particular Christians, their religion isn’t even about the Bible. Instead, religion basically boils down to one simple question, what would Jesus do?

When I say this however, I don’t mean that these mainstream Christians think that their religion is about the answer to that question, but rather the question itself. It seems that for the average mainstream Christian, Jesus is more of a role model than the only begotten son of God.

This position is both good and bad. For starters, in order to hold this view one need not even believe that Jesus really existed. In fact, one need not even believe in a god. There is no logical problem with using a fictional character as a role model. We do it all the time. Lots of kids look up to and admire Harry Potter. Harry is a great role model. The fact that we all know that Harry Potter is a fictional character does not diminish our ability to ask ourselves, “What would Harry Potter do?” In fact, we can put any character real or imagined into that role model position. Personally, I use Yoda or Batman (depending on the situation).

That’s all well and good, but can this really be called Christianity? Almost half the Christians in America seem to think it can and that makes arguing against Christianity a difficult job.

Another bad aspect of this position is that the only source material for Jesus is the Bible and while there are certainly some positive things that the character of Jesus says, he also says and does some pretty horrible things. It seems that many of these mainstream Christians have just not read their own holy book.

They seem to forget that the character of Jesus says that we own to cut off our hands and poke out our eyes if thus parts of our body tempt us. Sure the mainstreamers with claim it is a metaphor, but what is it a metaphor for, exactly?

The character of Jesus also states specifically that he did not come to bring peace, but rather that he came with a sword. Obviously he did not come literally with a sword, but typically a sword is a symbol of violence which seems to follow from the first part that he didn’t come to bring peace.

In the Bible, Jesus also states that in order to follow him, one must hate their entire family. Is this the family values guy? It just seems like he is a narcissistic asshole to me. I wouldn’t pick him as my role model. Even Eric Cartman would be a better role model than this ass-clown. I’m just say’n.

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  • Jon

    lets not for get he is also an idoit who thinks trees should bare fruit out of season at his command, then kills the tree for not doing as he says. so with that in mind. If i was a bully and told a kid to give me his lunch money, and he says no. Should i ask myself what would jesus do? I doubt he would turn the other cheek more likely strike him dead for not giving him what he wants.

  • existential blues

    Gary Wills wrote a book that explained the people aren’t Jesus, so trying to do what (fundies think) Jesus would do is the wrong tack if you want to be a good Christian. As Jon said, Jesus killed trees for not doing miraculous things, and he made pigs run into the ocean and drown just to show what a hot sh*t he was. Jesus was a classic bully *ssh*le.

  • John

    Wow where to start. The biggest difficulty you’ll find arguing against Christianity is that you’re wrong Staks. You can lie and misrepresent all you like as that is your modus opperandi, but it does not change reality. You might as well try to argue that the World in Flat. Your statements are disingenuous from the start “For many mainstream Christians…” you offer no example of such people, no evidence. We are to simply take you at your word.
    The What Would Jesus do movement is based on people whom having accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior seek guidance in how seek his favor by emulating him. Personally I think it does present some dangerous potential for exposing the believer to the temptation of Pride, but you and I both know that the only people who actually even start to ask What Would Jesus Do? Are those whom having already accepted him, now seek to earn his favor by being like him.
    If you’d bother to do even a little research, you’d learn the Koine Greek word Occulos, which is commonly translated “eye” from the original Greek Gospels also means “Point of View.” It is metaphor for changing the way you look at things to prevent you from sinning. For example you could change your hateful disingenuous outlook that everything Christian is evil and dangerous.
    Jesus also said that those whom live by the sword die by the sword, and to love your enemies. If you see him as a narcissistic anus it is only because of your own perverse psychological projection of your own twisted motives on his image.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      John, I didn’t think I actually needed to prove that there are mainstream Christians living in America. I kind of thought that was self-evident. You want examples? Sure, Bob down my street. Seriously though, our current President is a good example of this. He is not alone either. Fundamentalist Christians use the term “Sunday Christian” to describe what I call mainstream Christianity. This is very common in this country. I am surprised quite frankly that you would question such an obvious fact.

      Second, I never said that the Bible or Jesus was ALL bad. Of course Jesus said some great things in the Bible, like your quote about loving one’s enemies. However, Jesus also said many really horrible things like those I quoted. Your attempt to preform verbal gymnastics with the plucking out the eye quote is laughable since Jesus also said in that same section that if one’s hand causes one to sin, cut it off. Don’t tell me, by hand Jesus meant point of view too. So Jesus wants you to pluck out and cut off your point of view? Really? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

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  • http://www.doc-haynes.com doc haynes

    What would Obi Wan Kenobi do?
    Well if he were confronting fundamental Christians who blindly follow what some preacher tells them, then I am sure he would ask, “Who is more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?”
    Most of the Christians (both mainstream and fundies) that I have encountered, which have been numerous, don’t really know what their own “holy” book actually says, they only know the parts that are spoon fed to them by their preacher (pastor, priest or whatever).

    doc