ukcanuck wrote:RoyalDude wrote:So, in other words...Jesus died on the cross for nothing. These are the facts, the Christians of today simply do not practice what Jesus was preaching. If Jesus the extreme socialist came back today, I don't think the Arab Jew would be very happy with his so-called apparent followers who are nothing more than a violent, racist, greedy bunch of pornographic, snuff-film sado-masochists.
No one can practice what Jesus preached, thats the whole point dude. you need his help to live it, so you better start praying
I disagree. The early Christians went the full nine yards, practiced non-violence, no earthly possessions, the whole shebang. It was only after Paul hi-jacked this tiny Jewish sect, turned everything on its head and made it the most successful McReligion of all time that people got the notion that they could call themselves Christians while ignoring everything Jesus said, and once it became the official religion of the Roman empire, it got even worse.
Jesus always sided with the outsiders, the little guy. The church has pretty much always sided with the powerful.
Jesus was vehemently opposed to violence, the church has started a zillion wars in his name.
Yet there are those that have tried to stay true to his teachings even in relatively modern times, like eg the Quakers and to some extent the Jesuites. The liberation theology of Latin America (which started with the Jesuites) also comes pretty close to what Jesus taught. But the mainstream church basically goes against what Jesus taught.