Jesus Failed

Written by Timothy


According to every denomination Jesus failed.

According to every Christian news outlet this is newsworthy talk.

According to every current Christian book Jesus got the plot wrong.

According to every Bible study group this requires more discussion.

According to every “discernment” groupie sounds like the makings of a cult.

According to every entertaining Christian movie and cartoon Jesus utterly failed.

According to the current “tough” preachers and non-denominational churches Jesus completely failed because this sounds unloving.

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’ “

“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.

Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” (Luke 18:18-26)

According to the American wide-road-sold-as-narrow-road gospel Jesus should have replied.

“Just believe on me and you are saved.”

“Have conservative values and heaven’s yours.”

“Pray to my mother Mary and you will be blessed.”

“Cut in line as a Presbyterian and you will be first.”

“Just ask me into your heart, and you will be saved.”

“Say this little prayer and you are always assured of heaven.”

“You are a ruler and rich. Go be an Elder in your local church.”

“Tithe and be a good steward believing on me and you are good to go.”

“You know. Join a club. Sign the card. Get a trinket. Watch the telethon. Your in.”

“Oh, you have to count the cost. Yeah, that 10 cent count-the-cost is enough to consider.”

“Go find a pool of water and have someone baptize you – then you will be all set to inherit Eternal Life.”

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