I was doing some light reading (not) and came upon today’s quote about Jesus. When we read the Bible we are reading third person accounts of Jesus, in other words, we are reading what others have written about Him. So what is written of Him is entirely dependent upon the perspective of the writer.
“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man.” – Bible or Not?
This description of Jesus sounds like one of those third-party references to Him we may find in the Bible, but is it from the Bible or Not?
As we raise children in the Christian faith, a common theme resounds in how we teach them about the love of God and their relationship with Jesus. One of the most popular children’s song heard in churches and homes is Jesus Loves Me (this I know for the Bible tells me so). As children, the world can be a scary place, and we work hard to reassure them that they are truly loved.
“Jesus loves the little children.” – Bible or Not?
While this popular church phrase is based upon Biblical principles, it is not in the Bible – it’s a children’s song. Here are the full lyrics to the song, and below is some history about its origins and of course a Bible reference…
I was watching TV, the show Criminal Minds to be exact, and as they do each episode they quoted a famous, or maybe not so famous, quote relevant to the story. In this particular episode a serial killer was acting out what he believed to be normal because he had been abused as a child. And then the quote:
Those to whom evil is done do evil in return. – W. H. Auden – American Poet
This tends to be human nature. Have you ever been hurt or betrayed by someone? If someone pushes you, isn’t your knee jerk response to push back? But is this the Christian way? Or in other words, is this the way of the cross?
Here is what Jesus did…