Jesus? What is so good about Jesus?
by Mark Napier
As we have Easter upon us, we are hit left and right with the imagery
of the Christian lie. Jesus this and Jesus that. We see people all
over the world portraying the last days of this "man's"
life. The morbid procession of people dressed as Jesus and carrying
a cross on the way to be nailed to it. How one can glorify a tortuous
way to die, and think it was grand and great, I will never know.
Thinking about all these things over the holiday brought me to thinking
about the person of Jesus. Was he a swell guy? Was he as great and
kind as the preachers and ministers will have you believe? Was he
"perfect" in every way? In this essay I will attempt to
show you gentle reader that Jesus was far from "perfect"
and not very "kind". I will use the bible alone to show
you these things. For the most part I will be using the King James
Version of the bible, as the majority of Christendom uses this book.
Regardless of the merits or problems within. If you read this essay
with an open mind not clouded by the church or religion you may
very well come to the conclusion that I, and many others, have.
That Jesus was not the "bees knees".
Red Lettering: The words
of the "perfect" Jesus.
Green Lettering: The words of the "perfect"
(Please note that I do
not believe in god or Jesus, for this essay I will assume that they
It seems as of late that Christians
are moaning about lack of family values and moral decency today.
The ethics of the world are not godly and therefore of the devil,
and a lack of Jesus and god is the reason for the moral decay. The
bible supposedly holds all the answers for morals and "family
values". Sure. Please show me once in the bible where "family
values" appears. Or "family", for that matter. According
to the bible, and many Christian apologists, Jesus never raised
a family, was never married, nor did he father any children. By
the very words of Jesus we something other than "family values".
Let us have a look see gentle reader:
35 For I am come to set a man at variance
against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the
daughter in law against her mother in law.
36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own
Pretty cut and dry
gentle reader. And very moral I should say. But, to add to this
godly moral we have another decree from Jesus:
26 If any man come to me, and hate not
his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and
sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Another example of the "family values"
taught by Jesus. Not to mention the peaceful savior he was:
51 Suppose ye that I am come to give
peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five
in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the
son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter,
and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her
daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Why should we listen to Jesus then? I mean
does this sound like the morals put forth by your church today?
I should hope not. But then again Jesus offered these people reward
for their hatred:
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses,
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children,
or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and
shall inherit everlasting life.
I would call this a bribe, how about you
gentle reader? But lets look at Jesus and his view on marriage,
since we are to pattern ours after Jesus, okay?
34 And Jesus answering said unto them,
The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
35 But they which shall be accounted worthy
to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither
marry, nor are given in marriage:
36 Neither can they die any more: for they
are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the
children of the resurrection.
The so-called morality of Jesus teaches
hate, and abstinence against members of the family and advises against
marriage. If everyone on earth followed the virgin Jesus' life to
a tee, not only would we have no families, but the entire human
species would become extinct within a generation gentle reader.
Anyone who wishes to hold the concept of a family as a moral imperative
must abandon Jesus' example. Or would you disagree?
Prince of Peace?
Many Christians hold to a doctrine of peace, and say Jesus epitomized
this doctrine. Jesus was the "Prince of Peace". Okay,
sure... if you would just read these verses gentle reader, and tell
me what you think:
34 Think not that I am come to send peace
on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
36 Then said he unto them, But now, he
that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and
he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
Seems to me like peace is a foreign concept to Jesus. Jesus was
supposed to be "god" right? So instead of stopping violence
and war outright we get his from Jesus:
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors
of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must
come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For
nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
Another tell tale sign that Jesus was not peaceful god-man is the
36 If my kingdom were of this world, then
would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews.
To kill or not to kill?
Popular belief held by the majority of Christians is that Jesus
is God. In weird Trinitarian way that no one really understands.
Fully man and fully god. Hmmm, well I know gentle reader, I do not
get it either. Looking at God in the Old Testament, we see that
he is far from the happy hippy love god that Jesus is said to be.
So, by default it would seem that Jesus is not the happy love god
all claim he is. Simple huh? Lets look at Jesus in action in the
OT, shall we?
29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all
the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh
that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was
in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places,
wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon
the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and
break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall
hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names
of them out of that place.
I Samuel 15:3
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly
destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man
and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.
Full of the love and non killing stance of the religion we
have today huh? This is the same God the is Jesus. But then again,
we can look at the New Testament and see more of the same God/Jesus
that we have here:
27 But those mine enemies, which would
not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before
(Note, that this is a parable of the nobleman, the point is that
killing is not unacceptable to Jesus)
23 And I will kill her children with death;
and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the
reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according
to your works.
Metaphor or not this is moral? The punishment of the mother by
the killing of the children? Praise Jesus! What did the children
do to deserve this "just" punishment? Thank you. Would
you admire this man? Or God?
Your future and planning your life
The Biblical Jesus taught to seek the kingdom of God and to ignore
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof.
Earthly money is of no importance.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal:
Encourage people to persecute you (Matthew 5:11). Give away anything
you own to every man who asks, and if he steals it, don't try to
get it back (Luke 6:30). Sell everything you have and give it to
the poor (Mark 10:21). If someone hits you, invite them to hit you
again (Matthew 5:39). Don't ever marry a divorced woman because
you'll commit adultery (Matthew 5:32). Don't even look at a women
in a sexual way because that also constitutes adultery (Matthew
5:28). And don't think about your life, what to eat, the health
of your body or about the clothes you wear (Luke 12:22).
If people took the advice of Jesus, and followed all of his teachings,
it would be a very different world today gentle reader. We will
continue to look at Jesus in the next piece of the essay coming
soon to the Island. Stay tuned gentle reader!