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What Would Jesus Do?

November 6th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 5 Comments

Do you know what Jesus would not be doing? He would not be asking “What Would Jesus Do?” As soon as you ask yourself that question, you are already not doing what Jesus would do. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing or a good thing, I’m just pointing out something I find rather curious.

So, what would Jesus do? He would use his brain, he would think for himself. He would know his Bible inside-out, know of the contradictions, know of the multiple contrasting voices speaking throughout the Bible, but use those contrasts and conflicts as inspiration to help determine, based on reason, love and compassion, what the right course of action is.

If your method of thinking about things involves prayer and Bible study, that’s fine! Just please don’t think that you are required to turn off your brain. Use it. I cannot imagine why God would give you a brain and then expect you not to use it, wouldn’t that be an evil thing to do?

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  • 1 Steve // Nov 6, 2007 at 8:29 am

    “God” “gave” you a penis, but many Christians maintain He doesn’t want you to use it all the time, only when appropriate ;) And in an appropriate way.

    And, they might add, questioning the revelation of God with our puny, imperfect brain might not be appropriate.

  • 2 Hugo // Nov 6, 2007 at 8:50 am

    ;)

    Wow Steve, you were quick!

    So, the question is then becomes, when is it appropriate and when is it inappropriate to use your brain? What is the appropriate way to use your (imperfect) brain?

    About questioning the revelation of God… I think if you know the Bible as well as Jesus did, you realise you don’t have to question the Bible: I think it questions itself. ;)

    It takes a lifetime to get to know the Bible that well, and we cannot all specialise in everything, which is why I suggest people make use of the knowledge the scholars provide. They have dedicated their lives to the study of the Bible, so that you don’t have to (so that you can make other contributions to The Kingdom)… This is why you hopefully have a preacher on the pulpit that has spent years (or a lifetime rather) studying the stuff he is talking about.

    My recommendation at the moment, is Marcus Borg’s “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time” (amazon, kalahari).

  • 3 gerhard // Nov 6, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    ‘So, what would Jesus do? He would use his brain, he would think for himself. ‘
    ehm, this is a contradiction in itself, he was supposedly teaching a way to follow …
    the message being , follow or go to hell..

    ‘He would know his Bible inside-out, know of the contradictions, know of the multiple contrasting voices speaking throughout the Bible, but use those contrasts and conflicts as inspiration to help determine, based on reason, love and compassion, what the right course of action is.’

    is this what the ‘scholars’ tell you? hehe
    too bad this doesnt actually ever get said … in the one and only place u know of jesus … the bible …

    so you actually believe that you should take whatever you want from the bible.

  • 4 Hugo // Nov 6, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    gerhard, I’m afraid I have to disagree. Try showing me one place where Jesus said “follow, or go to hell”…

    And no, the scholars can’t say what Jesus would think, of course. The scholars do point out the contrasting voices in the Bible though. Without a doubt, Jesus, like any Rabbi, would have been aware of it? Jesus challenged the purity code, taught that compassion/love comes first, and also challenged “conventional wisdom”. There are numerous places in the Bible where you see “conventional wisdom”, and “contrasting or subversive wisdom”.

    I’ve not got the perfect word choice here, but anyway.

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