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Letter: Jesus, the epitome of humanity

Jesus Christ was not just a noisy little Jew with impossible demands. I think, when reading the Bible, a person must always keep common sense in mind. To me He was the epitome of a man. Physically strong, compassionate, great honesty and understa...

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Jesus Christ was not just a noisy little Jew with impossible demands. I think, when reading the Bible, a person must always keep common sense in mind.

To me He was the epitome of a man. Physically strong, compassionate, great honesty and understanding of our vulnerability and weaknesses.

I think the words “not to judge” are misunderstood and often used as a cop-out for not taking responsibility.

What about the money changers? Do you think He just ambled into the temple and said, “Hi, guys, how’s business, need any help?” He was rip-roaring mad! He overturned the tables, scattering the coin and drove them out.

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We judge every day because it is a form of protection. You must make judgments or your whole life can be destroyed in a heartbeat.

Then there is this business of turning the other cheek.

Yes, I think there are many occasions when this is a civilized necessity but there are others when you must defend yourself or another.

Anything else is cowardly. Before the night of His capture, He told His disciples to arm themselves. It wasn’t for His protection it was for theirs.

When He comes again I think He will speak the way we do.

For instance, when He and His mother were at the wedding at Cana, they ran out of wine. Mary told Him to make more but He said that He couldn’t because the time wasn’t right to do such a thing.

Now in today’s speak Mary would say, “Listen here, kid, you make that wine and I mean now. I’m not having the whole neighborhood criticizing us for being cheap.” He hopped to it. Sounds more normal, doesn’t it? It’s called respecting your elders.

Just some thoughts, right or wrong, on a chilly March evening.

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Patricia Carter Harding

Willmar

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