Ex-Christians.net Exposed – 10 things I dislike about Jesus

A website called exchristian.net is dedicated to ridiculing God, and they use every little misinformation they can get to mislead people into thinking Christianity is fiction and the bible is contradictory. As it is the case with websites that publish misleading information, they censor everybody who post comments that refute their claims. I have unfortunately been one of those censored. As such I would be writing a series of articles called ‘ExChristian.net Exposed’, to respond to the claims published on that website, and try to help some of the Ex-Christians who had real concerns and questions that lead to their rejection of Christianity and God.

David wrote about the Ten (or eleven if you can count properly) things he dislikes about Jesus. He’s allowed to dislike Jesus, but not at the expense of twisting the truth, which is the reason I felt the need to respond to him. (http://new.exchristian.net/2010/09/10-things-i-dislike-about-jesus.html)

1.        Jesus lies.

David says Jesus lied, and I find this hypocritical. Firstly, how many lies has David told in his life? Zero? One? Hundred? Thousands? If the answer is not zero, then I think David is trying to justify his own righteousness at the expense of Jesus. However if David has never lied, then he is a god and deserves worship and all the honour gods deserve. But facts tell me that every human has lied, so it seems that David has no problem with his own lies but he can see lies in other people. Have you apologized for your lies and repented from them, David?

Did Jesus lie? The bible says Jesus “was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), which means He never lied. In John 7, Jesus never said He wasn’t going to the Feast, but rather it wasn’t yet time for Him to go hence He went later. Had Jesus went to the Feast at the same time as the disciples, after He said it wasn’t yet time for Him, then He would have lied. But He went to the feast at a different time, when the time was right. So where is the lie, David?

2. John The Baptist is the greatest

Was John the Baptist greater than Jesus? John himself said this about Jesus: “after me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie” (Mark 1:7). So there’s no question that John himself know that Jesus was greater than he was. Indeed Jesus did say John was the greatest of those who were born of women, and John was after all he was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit from birth. Jesus said that because He himself wasn’t born of the flesh, but He was born of the Spirit (see Matthew 1:20). Jesus wasn’t human like John was, but rather He was God in a human flesh.

Does Jesus expect us to call others to repentance? Jesus Himself called people to repentance, in fact in His first sermon He said “repent for the kingdom of heaven is near”. One of His last words was to preach the gospel. So you can never be pleasing to Jesus if there are better things to do than to call people to repentance. Of course you don’t like calling people to repentance, because you yourself have been running away from your need of repentance.

3. Jesus claims to be God

Jesus knew that He was God. He said “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He called Himself the light (see John 3:19), He was crucified because He called Himself the Son of Man who will sit in God’s throne (see Mark 14:62). And of course Jesus said “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). Those who saw Him called Him “the savior of the world” (John 4:42). So Jesus never had an identity crisis, He knew that He was God.

Humility doesn’t mean you have to lie about your credentials, and no person can be humble if they lie their way to humility. Jesus told the truth about who He was and what He came to do on earth, and He couldn’t lie so He can be considered humble. The truth is that you and I are condemned if we don’t believe in Jesus and repent from our sins, and Jesus was humble enough to tell us the truth. It’s your turn to be humble enough to recognize that you are indeed condemned if you fail to believe in Jesus.

4. Jesus preaches fear

I preach fear to my kids about touching a hot heater, because they will get hurt if they don’t listen to me. I guess you don’t (won’t) tell your kids (if you have any) that a heater will burn them if they touch it, and that proves that you loves them. If you warn your children about the dangers of life, then why wasn’t Jesus supposed to warn us about the dangers of hell when He’s our Father?

5. Jesus teaches falsely about the end times

Jesus never said his hearers will be alive during the end times. He said “this generation will certainly not pass away until these things have happened” (Matthew 24:34). He was referring to the generation that will see all the prophecies He mentioned being fulfilled, not necessarily the generation that was listening to Him. Jesus told them plainly that “no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 13:32), so He could have never told them that He was coming back before they die when He earlier told them that He didn’t know. Jesus never set a date for His return, and it’s a lie to suggest that He did.

The disciples sold their houses and goods so they can advance the preaching of the Gospel, otherwise they could have bought themselves a land outside of Jerusalem so they can await Jesus’ return, like David Koresh did, but they went to all the Roman world preaching the Gospel. Early Christians knew what Jesus said about the end times, and they had this to say:

Peter: the day of the Lord will come like a thief (2 Peter 3:10)

Paul: you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

So you are wrong to suggest that Jesus lied to His disciples about His return.

6. Jesus teaches non thrift

How could you think and plan ahead for tomorrow when you don’t even have a guarantee that you will see tomorrow? Do you know that 150000 are not going to see tomorrow regardless of how much they plan for it, so why do you think you will see tomorrow?

7. Jesus teaches to turn the other cheek when abused

Jesus preached against abuse of all people, so He never passed a blind eye on abuse. He taught people to love their neighbors as themselves, so how could He go back on His word by telling people to retaliate? If abuse is bad against you, then why do you think it would be good to repay someone with it? Jesus wasn’t Mohamed, He was the embodiment of love and righteousness, not a war monger who will go to all lengths to avenge and tell others to do so.

However He will one day be a Judge.

8. Unpardonable sin

You clearly don’t understand the doctrine of “Blaspheming against the Holy Spirit”, read this:

https://burden4souls.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/blaspheming-against-the-holy-spirit/

9. Jesus accepts and values the Old Testament law

The Law is perfect (see Psalm 19:7) and just and will always be perfect, so why would Jesus distance Himself from the same Law that is God’s eternal moral code? You have a problem with the Law because you break it. The Law embarrasses you because you can’t keep it. It is the Law that says “you shall not lie” (Exodus 20), and because you have lied then it’s proper that you should have an accusation against the Law. Jesus on the other hand never broke any of the Law, He fulfilled all of them, hence He magnified it and give it it’s proper due.

Jesus is clear that none of the Law is abolished, including the stoning of those who break it. And Jesus made it clear that only those without sin should do the stoning (see John 8:7). Are you without sin, and have you never lied? If yes, then you should do the stoning!

10. Jesus calls people names

Calling a person who steals a thief is not an attack on their character, but an honest view of them. That’s what Jesus did. He called people hypocrites who taught what they didn’t practice themselves; He called Herod an old fox for killing his brother and taking his wife for himself; He called Pharisees a brood of vipers for misleading the nation, and He called Satan a “father of lies” and a “murderer from the beginning” for lying to people and leading them to eternal death, as he’s doing to you this moment. Had He called them just and honest people then His character and moral compass would have been at stake, but He was God and He couldn’t lie.

11. Jesus applauds people who believe in things they haven’t seen

Humans believe in the existence of the mind even though none of us have ever seen it, so shouldn’t we believe in the existence of the mind even though we can’t see it with our own eyes? Jesus knew that there are things we can’t see with our eyes, yet we should believe in them, is that foolish? He said we have a spirit which lives forever, yet we can’t see it, so does it mean it doesn’t exist?

Perhaps you should ask Brent Russell if we should believe in the existence of the mind since we can’t see it with our own eyes.

Not believing in Jesus in a supernatural way doesn’t negate His Deity; it just means you are refusing to recognize Him in your life for whatever reasons you have. Reality is that you are living in the universe He created, and you will give account to Him whether you recognize Him or not. My children sometimes refuse to recognize the authority I have on them, even though they live in my house, yet I’m still their father and they are still accountable to me. It doesn’t take much for me to remind them that I’m in charge and not them. God on the other hand will remind you that He’s still in charge regardless of your lack of belief in Him by bringing you to your death so you can finally be accountable to Him. Brent Russell won’t help you then, as he/she will also give account to the same God.

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