What did Jesus come to do? Is modern Christianity off the mark?

When John and James wanted to call fire down on the Samaritans' heads because they did not believe Jesus was the Son of God, who did Jesus condemn, His disciples or the Samaritans for not believing the gospel directly from the apostles' own mouth? "But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." And they went on to another village." (Luke 9:55, 56) Dear Christian, think! These Samaritans, who knew the Law of Moses, rejected disciples who personally knew Jesus AND rejected Jesus Himself. Why didn't Jesus do what the typical modern evangelist do, condemn them to Hell because they didn't "decide to follow Jesus," they "didn't give their hearts to the Lord." According to the modern traditional gospel, these Samaritans were given the chance to go to heaven but they rejected the way. Yet Jesus didn't condemn them - He condemned His own disciples for behaving the way the typical Christian behaves today.

Asked By: techilikey - 2/2/2009
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Yes, modern christianity is off the mark... More
Answered By: welltraveledprog - 2/2/2009
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I totally agree with you. I have a huge problem with Evangelicals and Christian fundamentalists. They lack any compassion at all, and are so arrogant and dogmatic. I fear they are in for a very rude awakening. They are not leading people to Christ, they are driving them away.
Answered By: Lady Lulu ~Pray for Gaza~ - 2/2/2009
all we have to do is tell them then our job is done, it's up to each person to accept or reject Christ, If the spirit moves them they will accept if they have hardened their hearts they will reject... More
Answered By: korban - 2/2/2009
Yes, way off, Jesus wasn't even a Christian he was a Jew.
Answered By: Gluon - 2/2/2009
Jesus came to teach and provide the ransom, not curse or harm... More
Answered By: debbiepittman - 2/2/2009
We are not condemning people to hell... More
Answered By: Follows Jesus - 2/2/2009
jesus came to reform certain errors in judaism... primarily, putting tradition ahead of god's commands; which was often expressed as pious, yes callus, disregard of those not living up to the religious leaders false standards. in many way's jesus' teachings are similar to a later jewish sage, hillel... More
Answered By: Crazy Pirate - 2/2/2009
Good question. Yes, Jesus rebuked two of his apostles for their ungodly attitude ! Jesus even tells us to "Love your enemies... More
Answered By: Brother Dave - 2/2/2009
The Disciples were members of their society of 2000 years ago, and they heard, saw, and interpreted *everything* though the lens and filters of that society. While they recognized Jesus as a charismatic individual bringing the message of God's kingdom, the fact of the Kingdom of God coexisting with the kingdoms of man... More
Answered By: Miz T - 2/2/2009
I don't believe that modern Christianity is off the mark, but I certainly believe that people living today are off the mark. Yes, Jesus preached love and forgiveness; as a matter of fact, it's the cornerstone of Christianity. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all... More
Answered By: Troy M - 2/2/2009
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