10 Things About the Teaching of Jesus

Here’s a list of 10 things we should know about the teaching of Jesus:

  1. He spoke in stories, parables and riddles.
  2. He usually answered questions with questions.
  3. Even his most intimate disciples didn’t understand him.
  4. He was frequently frustrated by our inability to comprehend him.
  5. Those in authority who did understand him silenced him.
  6. The rest who understood were marginal and are mostly forgotten.
  7. He didn’t have a scribe write down what he said when he said them.
  8. It wasn’t until years later that Paul et al tried to systematize him.
  9. However, Paul et al didn’t systematize what he said, but his significance.
  10. Church authorities rejected tons of Jesus material according to their theological perspective.

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22 Responses

  1. 11. I reject tons of Jesus material according to my own perspective.

    The religious authorities crucified him because he made them uncomfortable. Who among us can say that Jesus’ words have never made them uncomfortable? Not me. But I love him ’cause he is god/man enough to not let me fit him into my little box.

  2. Pat Pope says:

    Hi David. On #7, you said no one wrote down what He said, but what about the Gospels?

  3. Pat Pope says:

    But yeah, as you read the cartoon, we have to think that some of the things we say and think about others, do NOT sound like Jesus. Even if there are things that we don’t approve of, we certainly don’t have to espouse those views in unloving ways.

  4. nakedpastor says:

    thanks pat. i wasn’t clear. i hope i’ve fixed it. i meant to mean that he didn’t have a scribe writing down what he said when he said them.

  5. Pat Pope says:

    Okay, I kinda wondered if that’s what you meant. Thanks. Guess that goes to the heart of people not really knowing who He was. Had they, I wonder if they would have run behind Him like modern-day paparazzi writing like mad?

  6. Church sayeth, not the Lord! 🙂

  7. Mark Heiss says:

    You nailed it. One of my favorites!

  8. Rev. Jeff Radcliff says:

    Pat, most Biblical scholars agree that the books we know as the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) were not written by the guys whose names are on the books. These books were written 75 to 100+ years after Jesus’s time. Bishop Carlton Pearson has said that it needs to be remembered that the Bible is a series of books written by ancient Jews for ancient Jews using ancient Jewish idioms and stories. Those don’t translate very well to 21st Century Western culture. I have to say, though, that David’s cartoon certainly captures the true essence of what passes for Jesus’s teachings these days.

  9. Pat Pope says:

    He Jeff. Yes, I’m well aware the Gospels after Jesus’ time (I went to seminary).

  10. "Rev" Jeff says:

    MOST biblical scholars do not agree with that, SOME do. I hate it when people try to legitimize their asinine comment by saying something like that. How arrogant.

  11. Pat Pope says:

    Jeff, if your comment is directed at me, I apologize for the snarkiness of my response. Just came out of a bad church situation in which I was disrespected as an educated woman, so that was a knee-jerk reaction on my part. Again, I apologize.

  12. Pat Pope says:

    Thanks, David. But I kinda knew when I sent the response that I shouldn’t have. Got to work on keeping my past experiences out of the way.

  13. Steve Martin says:

    We want what we want and we don’t really care about any Commandments or what Jesus said, anyway.

    He might as well have said to the woman caught in adultery… “Go..and sin to your hearts content. Who am I to tell anyone what they can and cannot do with their own body.”

  14. Brigitte says:

    There are different schools of scholarship. There are plenty of scholars who disagree with David Hayward and with Ref. Jeff. There are plenty who do not suppose late dating, propose “sources”, etc.

    We document everything we cook and eat on Facebook now, more information that anyone had ever wanted, and those guys supposedly cooked up Jesus so much after the fact. It does not convince me.

    Jesus spoke in parables and sometimes was obscure so people would think for themselves and examine themselves. Yet, the meanings are pretty clear. You are not free to interpret stuff to your preferences. When I listen to Jesus, I am awed at the insight he had into our nature, as well as the care and compassion which moved him. I put my hope in his compassion. These are not stories made up by man. Man makes up different stories.

  15. Robin says:

    I think if you believe … Then you must except the bible as the Devine word of God … That God is the Arthur and man is the instrument in reviling his glory and salvation. God is and has been in complete control of all powers that be… Man continues to try to twist, manipulate and tante the word and be god… but Gods sovereignty is assured in his word ….anyone who what to cast doubt or muddy the word will be dealt with most assuredly Matthew 7:15
    A Tree and Its Fruit
    15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

    Matthew 24:11-14
    11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
    Read Gods word and stand by it do not distort it or create doubt, we have enough of that from the world….

  16. sam scoville says:

    My Fundamentalism

    Homo-phobic, sure. Xenophobic. Misanthropic. Misogynist. Racist. Solipsist. Narcissist: some redundancy in all these ics and ists & it amounts to fundamental Fear & Hate & welcome to
    the First Church of the Crippled & any one can join once outed & the cover-up’s no longer adequate: leaking limp and lame shall enter first; no talk of golf or coming out parties of the debutante kind; potluck suppers and holy smoking prayer meetings possibly, with plenty of coffee

    Hello, I’m Sam: hate-ist addicted to fear,
    sealed into my bubble-self for sure—box,
    cave, culture, custom, convention, closet —
    bad listener enthralled by my pond-image
    man in the mirror convinced it’s all you &
    you & you & not me I see. .

    We can talk.
    I’m out, damnit.
    I’d pretend if I could get
    away with it some more time
    after time longer covering up
    my cripple creek & make nice if
    it weren’t obvious how much I fear
    and so, of course: hate.

    My bad as they used to say.

    You got a problem with that too?
    Ya’ll come back, you hear? crippled,
    cracked & crazed, stunned & stunning,
    pre-requisite for Stupid Club: My
    Church of the Hobble-de-Hoy.

    Not for every body and you may not be for
    every body either I don’t blame you See:
    right there—Homo- Phobic.

    xxxooo, Young Goodman Brown

  17. fishon says:

    Rev. Jeff Radcliff
    October 11, 2011 | 8:37 pm

    Pat, most Biblical scholars agree that the books we know as the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) were not written by the guys whose names are on the books. These books were written 75 to 100+ years after Jesus’s time.
    ——–Really. Give me some names.

    Bishop Carlton Pearson
    ——-Wait, don’t waste your time giving names. You blew it with Pearson. What a joke.

  18. halavana says:

    the not so great commission:
    go ye into all the world and conquer territory,
    forcing the indigenous population to convert
    and be dunked in a pool of stagnant water
    browbeating them into observing all the nit picky
    legalistic habits you hauled with you from Europe

  19. sam scoville says:

    Ya’ll welcome to attend my First Church of the Crippled & The Poor We Have With Us All Ways. No scholarship needed. Just have to have worn out your denial and cover up and maybe your sense of victimization. Washed in the blood of the spam.

  20. The Correction says:

    @Pat Pope

    Just so you know mate, the gospels were not written until YEARS after Jesus’ death. They were an “oral” tradition up until then.

    Have you ever played chineses whispers? Just keep that in mind when your reading these books. The facts died with Jesus and the generation he taught. All we have is a game of chinese whispers and individual interpretations hence why personally I can’t how “The Bible” is a credible source of information….

  21. Stephanie Butcher says:

    Robin – “God is the Arthur” hehehe! Sorry, but it just hit my funny bone, lolol!

  22. Yisraela says:

    BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!