Focusing on Jesus

Some Christians tend to give too much attention to areas in life that do not deserve the attention. What was the main message that Jesus sent us? I believe it was summarized in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), where Jesus emphasized on being merciful so that we can receive mercy. And if this is the case, why bother in engaging in useless discussions about doctrines and morality? I think that the most important thing is to simply serve those in need to be able to glorify God, and not condemn those who we consider sinners. How much did Jesus emphasize on homosexuality, for instance? Out of 31,103 Bible verses, only seven frequently quoted verses speak directly of same-sex behavior, and none of them were spoken by Jesus. On the other hand, there are 2,100 verses about poverty, and Jesus mentioned some of them. Am I saying that homosexuality is not wrong? That is not what I am trying to say. What I am saying is that taking our focus away from what Jesus wanted us to concentrate on is wrong. The next time you engage in a philosophical or religious debate with someone, stop and think if you are doing it to genuinely lead the other person towards the Kingdom of Heaven or simply to prove a point and win an argument, which is a selfish behavior. To lead someone into the Kingdom of Heaven requires giving to the poor, visiting the sick, being a peacemaker, being meek, having poor and clean heart, fighting for justice, and admitting our weaknesses. We have to be careful in our walk with God, and make sure we are not acting our of self righteousness.  If we ask Jesus today, what is the most important thing about life?  He would answer the same way he answered in Matthew 22:36-40 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

One response to “Focusing on Jesus

  • Cindy Holman

    Our pastor just ended a series on the Beatitudes and said a very similar thought to yours – Mercy is way more important to Jesus than all our religious and political ‘rights and wrongs’. We are way harder on people than Jesus EVER was – or will be. He is gracious – He is a gentleman and will never force His way in our lives – and I believe he cares and loves us way more than we ever could imagine.

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