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What Would You Ask Jesus?

posted by Joan Ball

My husband Martin, son Ian and friend Andrea sat tonight drinking coffee and discussing outlandish dreams. What power, ability or experience we would love to have if there were no limits. It was an impractical exercise that broke down like this…

Martin said he would 1) go back in time and mentor his younger self and 2) clone himself and hang out out with four or five Martins (how’s that for healthy self-esteem!).
Andrea said she’d like to fly.
I said I would like to be able to teleport from place to place and through history.
Ian, who is 11, said 1) he would like to live in an anime cartoon and 2) he’d like to go back in time and meet Jesus face-to-face. When I asked him what he would say to Him, Ian said, “I would ask for some tips on how to know the right thing to do.”
How about you? What would you ask Jesus?     


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Colleen

posted July 27, 2009 at 10:57 pm


How much longer do i have to wait till we meet face to face!



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GERRI TSCHAENN

posted July 27, 2009 at 11:13 pm


I LOVE YOU JESUS CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AND ALL MY LOVE ONES AGAIN. ALSO I TRY SO HARD AS A CHRISTIAN TO HELP EVERYONE I CAN BUT WHY DO I KEEP GETTING MORE AND MORE UNCURABLE DISEASES I DO BELIEVE IN HEALING SO I WOULDASK JESUS TO PUT HIS HAND ON ME AND HEAL ME PLEASE.



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Your Name

posted July 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm


I WOUL ASK JESUS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO MY MAMAW IF I Wasnt here to help her. I WOULD ASK HIM WHY HASNT A CURE BEEN FOUND FOR HER. I LOVE HER VERY MUCH SHE HAS FULL CUSTODY OF ME AND SHE LOVES ME AND I NEED HER VERY MUCH. I AM 14 YEARS OLD. I LOVE YOU JESUS.



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Existential Punk

posted July 28, 2009 at 2:23 am


Joan,
First, i CANNOT wait to meet MArtin and Ian!
Second, Ian is a very wise, perceptive and intelligent 11 year old!
Third, i’d probably ask the same question as Ian. Also, ask him how to interpret scripture.
GREAT post!
EP/Adele



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Jewels

posted July 28, 2009 at 11:50 am


I had a dream 4 times that I am back in the days of Jesus. I am pushing through the crowd to get to him. I have such a sense of urgency, I call his name as I push through the crowd. I HAVE to get to him. When I finally get to the edge of the crowd he turns to me and says “Yes?” I stand there and stare and dont say a word. The first 3 times I woke up puzzled by the meaning of the dream. Also spent alot of time pondering what I would of/ should of said. The 4th time when he turned to me, I knew all I needed in the whole world was just for him to see me. Thats all, just see me.



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Kristy

posted July 29, 2009 at 1:37 am


I would ask Jesus to help me remember that He has already accomplished the work in us and that we do not need to strive as Christians. What we do need to do is call on His holy name, and trust only in Him through the faith that has been given to us that are His.



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maria poblete

posted July 29, 2009 at 3:30 am


I would ask the HEAVENLY FATHER to touch and heal my beloved mother.



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Your Name

posted July 29, 2009 at 3:40 am


I would ask Jesus alot of WHY’s and have him teach me the reason behind them all. I don’t understand the Bible nor do I understand what it tries to tell me. I went to several classes on the teachings and got me more confused then ever as everyone interpets differently. So I would have the Great Teacher of all teach me the Why’s and What If’s that I have within me. That is if HE (Jesus ) has the time.



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Bill

posted July 29, 2009 at 3:48 am


Hmmm… I would simply ask Jesus what he would have me do for him.
I would be blessed indeed if I could wash his feet and anoint him with oil. I would feed him a very good meal with family and friends all gathered ’round.
What a wondrous and glorious day that would be.



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Larry Earnhardt

posted July 29, 2009 at 7:01 am


I would thank him for giving me understanding of what’s happening today, tomorrow, and all that will happen till he comes.
It is what he will say to us that’s important, I want to hear “well done my good and faithful servant”



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Barbara

posted July 29, 2009 at 7:23 am


I would ask him to help me to walk up right and do what is pleasing and acceptable in his sight daily.



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Jakebreaker

posted July 29, 2009 at 7:53 am


I’d ask Jesus 3 things:
1 – Why did he lose it and whip those temple money-changers with nails? He’s a role model. He should know better than that.
2 – How come he never just flat-out said that it’s wrong to own another human being?
3 – Why would I follow the teachings of a God who threatens infinite punishment for finite crimes when he hates you, and who mutilates infant genitalia without anesthetic when he *likes* you?



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Your Name

posted July 29, 2009 at 8:12 am


how is my granmother helen pocreva and aunt joan pocreva and my grandfather ?
kathleen



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Jeanine

posted July 29, 2009 at 8:30 am


If I was granted the previlage of being face to face with Jesus on earth I would simply ask,” am I living my life the way you planned and hoped?”



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Kim

posted July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am


If I had the honor of being in the presence of Jesus I would ask him to show me the way to lead others to understand that lying in any manner is wrong and that truth is the only acceptable way to love life. I would also ask that he provide my father in law with the biggest catfish River so he can spend eternity catching all the biggest catfish that one could imagine. God please take care of this man who has taken care of so many in his lifetime and given so much joy to those around him and never asking anything in return. I love you Pop!!!



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Your Name

posted July 29, 2009 at 9:44 am


I would ask him how did we come to be and where did this thing called existence come from? I am just fascinated by how existence came into existence?



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TRS

posted July 29, 2009 at 10:16 am


I would ask Jesus nothing for his infinite wisdom is all around us.
What happens to us is all up to us. He will welcome you to Heaven
if you just do the right things that he has taught in the bible.
Be kind,helpful,understanding of each other. God Bless us all it
is up to you.



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mark

posted July 29, 2009 at 11:47 am


As with the 11 yr old, I would want to go back in time and meet my Jesus face to face. Get a big hug from him, be held by him, Sit and talk with him about how I am living my life and all my shortcomings and how I can trully get closer to him and serve him and be the man he intended for me to be. Then maybe go get a quick look at some of the big fallen empires such as babylon, rome maybe see about alexander the great. But before any of that I would need to see Jesus first. He must always be first.



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GOD'S Servant

posted July 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm


It would be a huge blessing to have a chance to meet my SAVIOR face to face. Although I gave him my life, I still feel that I would not be purified enough to face his glory. If I do have that chance, I will ask HIM to allow me to stay next to HIM at all time.



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Pam

posted July 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm


I would have so many questions about the state of this world, but I would be selfish and ask about me. As a cancer survivor, I feel that I am wasting this life, I have had no great epiphany. I would ask Jesus what is it he would have me do with the rest of my life. I have been given a second chance and absolutely nothing has changed.



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JAN

posted July 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm


The Bible says that when I see HIM I will be like HIM and as HE knows everything, so will I, so I will have all the answers also….I, like the song “I can only imagine” don’t know what I will do…..



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jerry garcia

posted July 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm


I was in a car accident 15-20 yrs ago. Nothing serious, no one hurt badly. But I had to go to a chiropractor for a few nmonths. In his office one day I saw a Children’s Bible and started to read it. In that book where it was explaining that Adam was able to speak directly to the Lord they asked a question that has bugged me for all these years. How do you get white milk out of a red cow that eats green grass. I think that’s what I’d like to ask the Lord if I get a chance.



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Bradford Rosenquist

posted July 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm


To whom it may concern:
If I had a chance to ask Jesus in person a direct question I might
choose this one:
“Why do Christians think that when death comes in this
physical life, one goes directly to heaven, even though
Paul tells that our change to immortality occurs at the
second-coming of Jesus, in a moment and twinkling of an
eye.?



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Krystal

posted July 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm


I’m with Pam on this one . . . I would have to ask what my purpose in life really is. I fear that I’m missing my true purpose or intent while here on earth. While my search continues, I’ve never really felt a strong “ah-ha … I see” moment. Yes, I’ve read a Purpose-Driven Life, but I still don’t feel like I’ve secured (or know, for that matter) my God-given purpose. I would ask Jesus, “What is my specific purpose in life? . . . Why am I here?” Very selfish, but definitely the missing link for me.



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David

posted July 30, 2009 at 3:34 am


I would ask Jesus what he thought of all the different religions.
I would also ask Jesus what God is like.



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Heretic_for_Christ

posted July 30, 2009 at 6:03 am


My question to Jesus:
“Which was worse? Being crucified by Pilate? Or having your marvelous spiritual teachings ignored or mangled into vile gibberish by the churches that have made up a religion about you?



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TERESA

posted July 30, 2009 at 6:56 am


I would ask Jesus why we have to go through this painful life….why can’t we just be with Him and not suffer the hardships and heartbreaks in this life. I would ask him to please ask God to allow Him to come get us.



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Deb

posted July 30, 2009 at 7:07 am


I would thank him for loving me enough to give his life for me on the cross. I don’t need to ask him anything because everything he wanted to me know is already in the Bible.



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Your Name

posted July 30, 2009 at 7:57 am


If i am able to overcome my awe and speak at all in His presence, I would ask Jesus to bless me with a small portion of His wisdom and understanding so that I may be able live this short life in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Then…i would ask Him to hug me and never let go.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:17 am


Deb: I respect your reply, particularly your conviction regarding the Bible. But, speaking for myself, the differences in interpretation of scriptures among people who I believe to be lovers of Christ with a desire to follow and serve can sometimes raise questions. Is there ever anything in there that you might want Jesus to help clarify in your understanding?



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:23 am


Hi Heretic-for-Christ: Based upon Jesus’ teachings, I wonder how Jesus would actually respond to that question? I often wonder if he would be as disappointed in the people who leave his church rather than stay with it and fight for it as he would in those who “ignore and mangle” it.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:24 am


David: Great point about the different religions. I’ve asked (when I did not believe in God) and been asked (since I came to faith) the go-to question: “what about Gandhi?” This might be and interesting question to pose straight to Jesus…



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:30 am


Hi Bradford Rosenquist: I’ve not thought a lot about those logistics. Are you coming from a purgatory perspective, or is this just a confusing theological point? I would love to hear your thinking on this.



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Debbie

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:31 am


I would ask Jesus why it was necessary that there be so much suffering in the world. This is a question that my youth group often ask of me, but I just don’t have the answer for them. I would then ask him to show me how to guide the young people in my group so that they will become strong, mature Christians.



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Your Name

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:34 am


I would ask Him why it was necessary for there to be so much suffering in this world. This is a question that my youth group often ask of me, but I just don’t have the answere for them. I would then ask him to show me how to guide my group of young people so that they would become strong, mature Christians.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:36 am


Hi Jerry Garcia: For some reason I think that Jesus might love that question most of all – especially coming from an adult. It is one of the most perfect coming-as-a-little-child-how-does-all-this-work questions I’ve heard. Thanks.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:38 am


Jan: I like that song as well…



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:41 am


Thanks for stopping by “God’s servant”. I wonder what it would be like to “be next to Him” all the time. Unimaginable, really.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:42 am


Thanks Mark. I’m with you about seeing the fallen empires. I am sure it was both more glamorous and, at the same time, far less glamourous, than we make it out to be.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:43 am


Thanks TRS.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:45 am


Kim: I love the nod to honesty. Seems so simple, but it is a practice that requires great diligence and sometimes sacrifice. I am rooting for you and your “pop” re: the catfish river!



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Heretic_for_Christ

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:45 am


Joan Ball,
You wonder if Jesus would be disappointed in the people who leave his church. But that thought presupposes that the church IS his church and also presupposes that he DID establish a church. Such presuppositions are usually substantiated by prooftexting from the Greek scriptures, but my faith is in God, not the Bible. I went to quite a number of churches many years ago, and all of them preached Bible-based doctrines that I found blasphemous and alien to Jesus’ teachings.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:46 am


Kathleen: Thank you for stopping by and sharing your question about your loved ones. That was brave…



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:49 am


Hi Jakebreaker: I’ve never considered straight talk on slaves and infant genitalia, but I have often wondered myself about the temple money-changers – especially because I have encountered more than one Christian who have used that scripture as anger justification. I think I might ask that one as well…



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:52 am


Thanks Bill. That is a lovely image.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:55 am


Hi “Your Name” (the one who would as a lot of “whys”: I think Jesus would appreciate the whys. So much written about us becoming smaller, more childlike and full of wonder. What do little kids do? They ask lots and lots of questions. Don’t give up on understanding the Bible. Take it one day – and one line- at a time. My husband actually finds it much simpler to listen to it than to read it. In the first days that’s how those words were shared. You might want to give it a shot…



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:57 am


Re: Existence: I too am fascinated by existence and this notion that God breathed the world into existence. It’s mind-blowing concepts like that which assure me that my little brain will never wrap itself around all the ins and outs of this faith. The best I can do is wake up every day with a here-I-am-what-do-you-want-me-to-do attitude and follow.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 8:59 am


Maria: I am sorry to hear that your mother is ill. I lost my mother last year and know how painful it can be to watch the people we love suffer with illness. My thoughts are with you and your family.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 9:03 am


Gerri: Thank you for stopping by. I do not know what you are suffering, but I am glad you are here.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 9:07 am


14 year old girl: You are a gift to your mamaw and a gift to me as you share your questions about her illness. I wish I could give you a big hug and tell you that everything will be alright, but I know that things are not always that simple. I hope that you do get on your knees and ask Jesus that question and that the Holy Spirit comes around you and comforts you as you face your uncertainty. I am sending your post to some friends who I know will be praying for you and your mamaw. Send me more information about the two of you at flirtingwithfaith@gmail.com and I will share it with them.



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 9:08 am


Hi Adele: Thanks for stopping by. The scripture question is a great one. Hoping we will all meet this summer – we are going cross country!



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Irene. Pagan

posted July 30, 2009 at 10:37 am


I would humble myself before the Christ in awe and ask him,”Why did our father,who art in heaven,give us free will?!



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Joan Ball

posted July 30, 2009 at 10:40 am


Hi Irene: That is an interesting question. I would love to know more about where you are coming from.



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Tina

posted July 30, 2009 at 11:55 am


I would ask Jesus how he could love us so much,as to endure such pain…so that man could be forgiven and be reconciled to Father God.



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Blanca Siria

posted July 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm


I would ask Jesus What Religion has the real truth and what is the difference between Christians protestants and Christians Catholics since both belive in Jesus Christ.



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Your Name

posted July 30, 2009 at 1:08 pm


I would ask Jesus what I could do to help His people. I would ask Him to help me serve Him better in everything I do.



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Karen

posted July 30, 2009 at 1:10 pm


What is taking so L O N G



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Racegirl801

posted July 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm


I would Ask Jesus “”why is it so hard to believe his truth and so easy to believe the lies of other? and why does chocolate have to be so fattening?



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Tim Vincent

posted July 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm


I would ask him to heal and restore Tiffany.



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Dave

posted July 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm


Welome home my KING. Forgive me for my sins, and may you have mercy on use.
Thank you for your taking on the sins of the world. Can you teach me to be like you.
I LOVE YOU
DAVE



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Gail McKinney

posted July 30, 2009 at 11:15 pm


I would ask Him what took Him so long to come back….



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Your Name

posted July 31, 2009 at 1:21 am


I agree with alot of the questions asked. Alot of why’s would follow with me. I am supreme question asker. One would definetly be why have me in so much pain from someone hitting me in a car accident when I do feel I have so much potiential and compassion to help but now do not have the mobility or stamina now that I realize I could have done this? Also, why did they have to make scripture so confusing for some of us? I have alot more but most of all would love to just sit down and discuss anything that popped into our heads to talk about, after lots of hugs and kisses of course!!!!
God bless you all.



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Mike

posted July 31, 2009 at 1:45 am


If the Father, Son, Holy Ghost are one in the same then how is there a Son if Man, and if God and Jesus are one in the same then how can Jesus not know when he is coming. And why can I not find the words to speak when people confront me as to why I believe in God and Jesus.
Struggling in Faith



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tanya

posted July 31, 2009 at 5:14 am


I would like to know why did he chose my life to be in the proverty line,instead of the rich and famous stars that just messed up the talent and great gifts you gave the.And all they did was do curruption ,dog fighting and kill people.The dont even help the poor,with they riches.



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Joanie

posted August 1, 2009 at 12:14 am


First and foremost, I would thank Jesus for my beautiful 9-year-old daughter Sara and then ask why my first born daughter Amber had to die from SIDS at 4 months of age.
God bless everyone,
Joanie



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Chris

posted August 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm


In response to Mike – that is why The Father , the Son & the Holy Ghost are really – God, his son Jesus & the spirit of God – 3 different items – easier to understand now?



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Shontay

posted June 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm


I would ask Jesus Can he carry me and my daughter with him, in the palm of his hand, because to me he is so big and so great and so strong. This is a vision I always have , him carring me and my daughter through a beautiful garden. I would ask him can I see how outerspace started,how the earth was created, the sun , stars, planets and why he chose earth as the planet for humans to dwell and everything else!If I lived other lifes before I want to ask him can I go back in time watch it all!



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x

posted September 18, 2011 at 12:02 am


I would ask Jesus why he was so hateful, talked from both sides of his mouth and why he did not like women as in the following that is in the New Testament….
“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.” (Luke 14:26)
Matthew 10:34. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.35 “For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law';36 “and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.
And why did Jesus got angry at his critics?(Mark 3:5), and attacked merchants with a whip (John 2:15). And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
And said later “Ye have the poor with you always.” (Mark 14:3-7)
And why would Jesus encourage the beating of slaves: “And that servant [slave], which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.” (Luke 12:47)
And why would Jesus say to his own mother?”Woman, what have I to do with thee?” (John 2:4)
And why do the believers in Jesus in the New Testament say “Let the women learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (I Timothy 2:11-14



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