First off let me say that I am a christian, but not evangelist.
We can agree (if you’re christian) that Jesus redeemed the collective when he took on our collective debt. But don’t you think that one must redeem himself/herself by taking on our own crosses so to speak?
Do you honestly believe that only believing in Jesus will redeem you? Is not ‘belief’ nothing more than thought structure? Do you believe that believing in an image is good enough for redemption? What happened to christian mysicism, and why don’t protestants and evangelicals have mysticism?
Do you honestly believe that changing laws, being political, and singing songs is what Christ died for? Don’t you think there is something more to his sacrifice?
I fear that most christians are using Jesus for ego identification and personal gain, rather than redemption and spiritual transformation. I’m afraid that Jesus’ message is being wasted by zealots and politicians for personal gain. For things of this world.
Big, Could it be that “it” was meant that he ushered in a new consciousness? As in the Christ-consciousness of accepting what is? I think Jesus died to show us that through surrender, there is redemtion. Christians do not accept what is, they fight against life itself. No wonder we’ve become so materialistic. Not to mention while Jesus accepted suffering, most of our country is on anti-depressants, shopoholics, and over-eaters. Not very Christ-like.
Venus, did Jesus not say “take no thought for the morrow”? Why are christians concerned with the furute when Jesus himself instructs us not to?