October 17, 2010

Who is Jesus Talking To In The Gospels?

In my opinion, alot of confusion has been caused within Christianity because Christians believe that Jesus' words in the Gospels are directed at ALL people, both Jews and Gentiles, back then and for the last 2,000 years. But this is not the case... 

Consider these verses:

Matthew 15:24

He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."

Matthew 10:5-7

 5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'

If Jesus says He was sent only to the "Lost sheep" of Israel and likewise tells His disciples to stay away from the Gentiles, but rather to only go to the "lost sheep" of Israel, it's a pretty safe bet that the good majority of what Jesus said, was in fact, intended to be just for the Old Covenant Jews of that time. 

This is very important as much of what Jesus talks about has to do with the Old Covenant that the Jews were in & the Mosaic Law they were under! 
Note: The Gentiles / non-Jews were NOT included in the Old Covenant, nor were they obligated to the Mosaic Law!

So when preachers apply everything that Jesus said as having to do with us directly, they are actually placing Christians under that Old Covenant mindset, which is one huge reason (imo) that Christians have the "us versus them" mindset with unbelievers and also the reason why so many Christians are very judgmental, instead of being loving and compassionate unconditionally as Jesus was. 

No I don't blame anyone for this happening... it's a result of people listening to human teachers instead of seeking the Lord and being taught directly by Him. 

Perhaps there is hope for the younger generation who are much more likely not to attend church on a regular basis if at all... Perhaps the younger generation will seek the heart of the Lord and not be brainwashed by the doctrines & traditions of "man". 

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