Holiday Challenge

Hung on a WallSince we coming up on the Christmas season, I thought I’d toss out an idea that just might work.

I’m looking for a few people out there who are willing to share their opinion and aren’t afraid of the rest of us debating it. I’m looking for your input on one very tough issue…

Why do you think Jesus doesn’t have what it takes to be important in your life?

That’s it. Plain and simple. It’s really not that hard. Everyone reads that and has a response. I know you have some feelings about it, probably even strong feelings. But, are you brave enough to jump in the mix? Are you strong enough to deal with a bit of critique?

All I’m looking for is that you read that question and take a few minutes to think hard about your response. Then comment on this post. However, if you’re already a blogger, why not put a bit more effort into it and blog it at your blog. Then, just make sure that you link back to this post and I’ll make sure that we all share in the exchange.

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Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

15 thoughts on “Holiday Challenge”

  1. @peppylady: I have no doubt that you are genuine in what you say. However, I have no idea what you are talking about. I don’t normally connect the Humanist religion of “Father Sky” and “Mother Earth” with the one true God of the Bible. I am sorry, I just don’t understand.

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  2. Jesus and others conviction has it but we as human with faults and outside influence of organize dogma religion and I’m not saying to remove the local churches out.
    But we should except individual loving relationship to be build so we have a better relationship with Father Sky and Mother Earth in heart felt personal way

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  3. Wow! The participate for this post was amazing! I can’t believe how many varied people are in my social network. I love it!

    Let me clear something up. I DO believe that Jesus Christ is important in my life. His life on earth is a model for living none can compare to. His sinless experience leaves me yearning for his mentorship. His death and resurrection leaves me without word, grateful for forgiveness.

    I love Jesus.

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  4. This is quite a challenge. I’m not going to be able to come up with one response. My initial, partial response is that if Jesus were important in our lives, then we would not have problems in the world or in our personal lives. But I am sure that many people more involved in theology can argue that one.

    I have posted this on my blog. I hope the religious right doesn’t attack me. But hey, I’m ready.

    I never knew you had this blog. Drew Bennett pointed me to it in one of his posts about your December portrait challenge. I’m still just trying to take pics let alone portraits, so I’m going to pass on that challenge!

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  5. Hi Trevor,

    Is it okay with you that I reflect Jesus’ “importance” in my life by living in a way that honors the values purported to have been dear to him or do I need to worship him and believe he was the Son of God who “died for my sins”?

    Do you really believe that there is only one path to finding “meaning” or “value” in Life?

    I’m just trying to find out where exactly your question comes from before attempting to answer it.

    Thanks,
    Mia

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  6. In response to Jordan:

    Unless I misunderstand your post, you contradict yourself on stating your distrust for any one source, since you refer to the four gospels. And while yes, the books are all in one Bible, you do get slightly differing views from different authors, though not a critical analysis of the doctrine/teachings. Still, the Bible is just that, books. It’s a compilation, even if from one ‘side’ (for lack of a better term).

    Religions generally focus on areas other than producing hard evidence for their divine origins for nonbelievers. This is because faith for Christianity isn’t about that kind of evidence. That goes for most other believe systems, too, I think.

    To elaborate, the term ‘believer’ describes religious people so well because they care little for undeniable scientific proof to show correctness. It’s of little importance to know without a doubt the nitty-gritty details surrounding events like Christ’s coming into the world (virgin birth), or the healing of leprosy (by touch alone).

    Evidence for the religious instead comes from sources such as testimony, and witness of and for a person’s religion.

    Now.. having said all that, I had better respond to Trevor.

    I think we tend to drift because .. well, pretty much what Barnts said. Stuff comes up and we give it more attention than ‘stuff’ deserves. When trivialities fester and become priority, the big-picture aspects of our lives (in this case, religion) fade off for a while. In my experience, something usually comes up that jars my narrowed focus, and trivial turns petty again.

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  7. Jesus may very well have been a living, breathing human being who lived 2000 years ago and spoke against the Roman occupiers and the Jewish pharisees. But that is probably all he was. His followers certainly admired him, and wrote the four gospels (albeit long after he is thought to have been resurrected), but people who greatly admire someone tend to exaggerate things about them, particularly at a time when most people did not have much knowledge in critical thinking. There is no evidence outside the Bible that Jesus was divine, and one of the most important things I learned in high school is to never rely entirely on one source.

    As a result, for this and other reasons, I cannot be a Christian. But whether Jesus existed or not, his story sets a good example for all of us. Love your neighbor. Turn the other cheek. Give everything you own to the poor. I’m just not going to start worshiping Jesus just because a book tells me to.

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  8. Heidi Cool

    If your understanding of Jesus as a historical figure rests on the link you provided then your understanding is incomplete. Claims on diety aside, christian and secular scholars all pretty much agree that Jesus was a historic figure that existed in first century Palestine. Your weblink makes the assumption that the gospels are lies without ever suggesting a motive to why the gospel writers would lie. For the fame and fortune that they received? Hardly! It certainly wasn’t for the death that awaiting all of them as martyrs.

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  9. Charity pal, I’m not suggesting that Jesus DOESN’T have what it takes. I’m just wanting to see what others think, like you.

    In fact, I believe that Jesus Christ is more than important in a person’s life. I believe that without Jesus, life is pointless and without value. No joy is found outside of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You may find a tiny bit of happiness, but it’s fleeting.

    I plan to write a response post in the coming days/weeks to this post. I just want to see an increased amount of interaction here in the comments before I close it down.

    Thanks for sharing, however. Your personal response is exactly what I’m seeking.

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  10. Why do you think Jesus doesn’t have what it takes to be important in your life?

    Well……I hate to be the selfish person in this bunch, but I’ve got my own dealings in life. I’ve been told on several occassions that you are only given what you can handle in life. But when does it end? When have you truely had enough?

    This past January, our son was diagnosed with Autism. Not a bid deal, I can roll with it. He is briallant & just has a few quirks that are ok in my book.

    But what about all the time before this???? Did I deserve the hardship & tough love lessons that I learned? Possibly. I may be repenting for my sins.

    But where is this Jesus guy? (or girl, to be politically correct) He suffered for our sins…ok . I get it. But don’t you think people suffer for their own sins? Their own choices?

    ….And even if Jesus came back RIGHT NOW…… you think you would accept it in today’s day in age?

    This is indeeed a hard question. But I think that we are all accountable for our own decisions. Why do you need religion to pillow that????

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  11. I don’t know that my response is what you are looking for, but as you asked for comments on Pownce, here goes.

    While the stories attributed to Christ offer lessons in kindness and morality that are worth imbuing, Jesus is not important in my life because I don’t consider him to be either a historic personage or a deity. If such belief enhances the lives of others, I have no problem with that, but it is not a part of my world view.

    http://www.atheists.org/christianity/didjesusexist.html

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  12. I’m not sure if anyone would admit that Jesus doesn’t have what it takes to be important in their lives. However, if Jesus was not important, it would probably have something to do with distractions–work, family, entertainment, the Internet–or laziness. I doubt anyone would say, “The reason Jesus is not important to me is that He doesn’t have what it takes.” Most people would blame themselves.

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  13. I know that there are those of you who follow my blog and are passionate about topics of religion, philosophy, and world-view.

    Being a Christian, I firmly believe that the acceptance of Jesus, as the Bible describes it, is paramount to any and all value in this life and the hereafter. As such, the implication is that the non-acceptance of Jesus is an actual rejection, with real lasting results. So, my desire is first and foremost to see this dialogue produce longterm results.

    I appreciate any contribution.

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