Christian False Advertising

Allow me to rant about my biggest pet peeve when it comes to Christianity. I’m talking about how mainstream Christianity has photoshopped Jesus into a marketable brand.

Mr. Christ is not a product.

Yet in this era of commercialism, our Lord and Saviour has been reduced to something of a commodity.

When marketers want to sell something what do they do? They doll it up and advertise. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not bashing the Christian responsibility of sharing of the gospel.

I’m referring to all advertisements of Jesus as a blue-eyed Anglo Saxon.

I mean really. He was born in human form as a Middle Eastern man. In an era without toothpaste and running clean water. And He was a carpenter.

Yet, He looks like a movie star in all the pictures. I feel like I’m being friggin’ catfished.

If me and Jesus were Facebook friends and met up for coffee, I imagine I’d awkwardly say something like, “You look different than you did in your profile pic.”

Based on the popular images of Jesus, He could very likely cross my path and I wouldn’t even know.

His appearance is not important. What is important is that we, as Christians, have realistic expectations. (Yes, I do appreciate the irony of that statement lol).

Read the Bible, pray, and let our understanding of Christ come from sacred sources.

Don’t even get me started on popular Christian notions like, “when we die we float up to Heaven as angels.” >.< (Revelation 20:5)

I’m done ranting. Now tell me what your biggest pet peeves are when it come to your faith 🙂

*Rae

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86 thoughts on “Christian False Advertising

  1. I agree with what you are saying about pictures of Jesus.
    I think my biggest pet peeve is when people say they are a Christian, go to church on a Sunday, but then I see them outside of church and they are swearing or their actions are not follow God’s Word. Now I’m not saying I’m perfect, but it hurts my heart to see them representing Christ with those kind of actions. And I believe that is why so many people crush Christianity today, because they see people like that and say ‘there’s nothing different about them!’ We need to be a light to this dark world!
    Sorry for ranting in your comments! ❤ Mandie

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  2. LOL I’ve thought the same thing, yet keep in mind he was a Jew or Hebrew, whatever and I’ve met and seen many a blue eyed fair haired Jew. You are however are correct in saying it really doesn’t matter. From Adam came all colors and all nations and beauty is in the eye of the beholder so what he looks like is not as important.

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  3. My pet peeves are when we major on minors – a lot of that, I think, is a distraction from what really matters when it comes to our faith.
    I agree with the statement you made: ‘His appearance is not important. What is important is that we, as Christians, have realistic expectations.’

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  4. All I know is Jesus is good news, the gospel is good news , Jesus said I have come that you may have life and life more abundant .I agree with what you said and I believe the answer is to think more on the good news. Life is what it is, some good and some not so good, but when I think of God its all good , Praise His Holy Name !

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  5. You are soooo right on. Following Him is not just a “like” on fb. My pet peeve is inclusion, except for…..(you fill in the blank). Tolerance is not acceptance. When WILL people learn? Rant on sister! You do it well!

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  6. My biggest pet peeves in my side of the country is that we make Christian look like James Bond. Like we are the all perfect humans with no trials. Making it difficult for us to share.
    By the way, I loved your rant.

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  7. My latest pet peeve (and has been for a few years) is when people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” as if they are quoting Scripture. The Bible never says that. And if God never gave me more than I can handle, I would not need God.

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  8. Jeff, Right! That’s my most dispised misquote. Because of the victims of suicide. They were given more than they could endure. And my heart breaks for them. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. David W. Lawrence says:

    You nailed it. Scripture says He had no form of comeliness that we might desire Him meaning there was nothing attractive about His physical appearance. We would love Him for who He is, as we should.
    In a world so caught up in appearances, He would be an outcast. Maybe that is why we were told to be in the world but not of the world and to come out from among them?
    Great post, Rae, with a vibrant soulful touch that only you can give.
    Keep thinking, writing, and sharing, Ma’am. Your posts are beautiful.

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  10. I think the “quote” of God will not put on you more than you can bear is an interpretation of 1 Corinthians 10:13 https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/1%20Corinthians%2010%3A13
    And while I get your point, it does give solice to many that because of Christ dwelling in them, they can endure.
    As for my biggest concern in the misrepresentation of Christianity, we tend to focus on and emphasize the law instead of grace. This leads to a life of bondage (for ourselves and those affected by our actions) that Christ died to free us from. As you mentioned we are a faith, living by the law is religion.
    Be well, Beloved!
    http://www.behealedandwhole.com

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  11. waterandfire34 says:

    Picking verses to justify themselves. For example John 3:16, people love to hear it, but if you read the following verses there’s a condemnation for those who don’t believe.

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  12. Good rant, and good comments. I guess my biggest pet peeve is when people lay a guilt trip on people dealing with sickness or sorrow, and say they don’t have enough faith. That, plus taking scripture out of context.

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  13. You make a good point. Currently my complaint is the way Christians are attacking each other and belittling each other–especially online. Instead of building the kingdom, I see them tearing it to pieces. J.

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  14. RGB Rao says:

    I thought I had no pet peeves so I walked off, but then I realized later… hey wait a minute I do have a couple …
    One is when you hear from the pulpit “Ok. Please take a moment to say hello to the person sitting next to you and shake hands, etc.” And I am like “Groan! Do I have to? Oieey.” I just have this introverted streak so…
    Another is events and activities of a certain sort.
    I don’t like being invited to gaming night … or softball or volleyball… or ___?___ball. Anything with a ball in it. And yet it happens again and again and again. And you know, you can’t really say no cuz. you know – its fellowship. (Altho I do say no.) Again I guess its that intro streak plus being athletically challenged, I suppose. No can hit the ball. No can shoot the hoop. No can ping to your pong. Sorry. Its a schlemiel, schlimazel thingy… Yes. Haha. The L&S song is running in my head.
    So those two and the problem lies more with me, not really the church. I am WIP.

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  15. Good words here that we should not just read athen delete. I totally agree. How many of our churches that sell merchandise are selling some questionable items and Christian ” trinkets”? Don’t even get me started on the church preaching the ” prosperity gospel”….. There is not enough room here to address the issue but I pray everyone research it and determine if your church is involved! Thank you for sharing your walk of faith.

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  16. A friend of mine who does school assemblies in primary schools has a great technique: when acting out bible stories nobody ever plays Jesus. They will point to somewhere that can’t be seen and say things like “wow did you hear Jesus said..”. It means the children aren’t fed an image of Jesus, nor do they always hear a certain persons voice and tone as God’s.
    It’s an important issue for all ages to be aware of 🙂 thanks for writing this! God bless.

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  17. I like your style Rae, that shows you have an open mind that has not yet been captured by, as you call it, “mainstream Christianity”. While the mind is open, truth can enter as well as evil deceit, so beware and keep the faith that your infinite Creator Jehovah (or whoever you call Him) will guide you to the truth. BTW… truth is not free… you must earn it. (wow, I am expecting an avalanche of criticism for this) Just a few things first…
    1/ Sylvester… correct. To know the true one, know his fruits. If he asks for money he is an adversary and needs to be avoided at all cost, but if he gives freely… listen to him.
    2/ Joliesattic, No dear one, you have not met any Jews, because there is not one single pure Jew on this earth for over 1900 years. Jesus was pure and very likely dark skin and brown eyed is my guess/opinion.
    3/ Rick, well said sir. Selling merchandise is the opposite what we should do… instead give it away as your Lord advised you.
    Now, my pet hates? Wow, you want a book? No, but just a couple will do for now.
    I despise the “Dead Jesus on a cross” IMAGE that so many have. Firstly you do not need these things that do not talk and will soon disappear… you need everlasting things, of which “Truth” is the most valuable. Secondly if you believe the bible, these things are banned by the Creator God who made you. Thirdly, my Christ is ALIVE inside me mingling with my spirit and at the right hand of the Father… not a carcass on a dead tree.
    I am against those proudly displaying their God on a bumper sticker and then not respecting it. They do this every time they show bad driving manners. Yes, they show the world they love God, but they also show their hypocrisy to the world when they drive badly. This can turn many away… not to God.
    The last of my peeves is those who want to argue their life away trying to show every man and his dog, how versed they are in the bible and know more about God their Creator than anyone else. The irony is they only know a book, but mostly do not know their Creator at all.
    Sorry for the long post… its a bad habit I must control.

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  18. Amen! I relate to your frustration! The Bible verse Isaiah 50:2 comes to mind.
    “For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
    he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.”

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  19. Jesus is often portrayed as skinny. A carpenter in biblical times would be hard, manual labour. I think Jesus might have been a well built, muscled man, tanned from working in the sun, not pale skinned.

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  20. Love your passion Rae and respect your courage to speak out!
    I spent eighteen years as a missionary in the fields, seeking to harvest the fruit of His Spirit. Six of those years were spent as a minister in prisons.
    I learned so many things in my lifetime and experience has led me to love and accept my fellow humans, all of them, warts “n all. I discovered that as a young missionary I knew everything, but today, whilst I accede to having some opinions, I know nothing, but my beloved Jesus and Him crucified.
    I have this opinion; ‘We can know about Jesus and behave foolishly, but we cannot know him and continue behaving foolishly’.
    Jesus said, ‘Eternal life is, KNOWING (the Greek root word here is akin to the human sexual relationship between husband and wife) the one true God…..
    Take courage Rae and His blessings continue to shower upon you

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  21. If me and Jesus were Facebook friends and met up for coffee, I imagine I’d awkwardly say something like, “You look different than you did in your profile pic.” Love it! So true!

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  22. Ed says:

    My biggest peeve about Christianity is those who are offended by a Christian who preaches hell’s fire and brimstone…like that’s not what Jesus would preach. Yes He would!

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  23. christianforkids says:

    My biggest pet peeve is that when people say they are a christian and do things unchristian-like. It drives me crazy, because they just want people to think they are a good, kind person, but really they aren’t. I see people like that every now and then. I just wish it would stop!

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  24. Joy & Passion says:

    Wow, this is so true, thanks for sharing your heart on Commercialized Christianity. Yeah its not good, Jesus isn’t some brand.

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  25. Well I dont really have a pet peeve about my faith, as such. But there are a few things the church may or may not represent that I dont totally agree with. Some have been previously mentioned. Oh course there are different places of worship like there are different types of people and different levels of faith. But first I feel like people walk in hopelessness because they forget what Christ did for them. He desires that we have abundant life. And secondly it seems that the fear of the Lord has been replaced with being politically correct.

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  26. Hi Rae! Beautiful post as usual. 😉
    My biggest pet peeve is misinterpretation of scripture. With people coming up with “new gospels”.Christianity is a Historical faith. There’s nothing “new” about the gospel. Still the same Old rugged cross. Still the Gospel of salvation through Christ. Still the power of God unto salvation -That gospel.
    I really pray people understand the gospel, and stop chasing after shadows. Oh yeah! That’s another pet peeve… Chasing after shadows. Especially in my part of the world. People tend to think all miracle-working is a so-called church is God.
    It is well!

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  27. Loved your post! I just had similar thought as I was reading a well-done post that had the picture you described in the middle of it…and wondered if the writer had any idea what a barrier it could be to someone reading his words…some people simply will not stop to read, to them just the picture bring there tells a story as well…

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  28. Daniel Peterson says:

    I think you’re right. Money talks more than faith, even in Christianity. My belief, when in doubt, exercise faith. The world does not revolve around money, but personal mantras that pull us through dark moments. No amount of money can buy courage, not of the david v. goliath type. the lord does not save by sword or spear (or, careers and titles.)

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  29. I really can’t stand how people think because you may participate in secular activities that you are less Christian than they are. And in all honesty, the people who feel that way are the ones who are still fooled into believing that by works we are saved. This is why its so important for us not to just read the bible and to not just hear how others feel but to stidy and get to know God for ourselves. The bible specifically says to study and show ourselves approved. This means you can’t just follow Christ and not know how to follow. It’s like if you don’t know whete you’re going…would you get in the car with no GPS hoping to get there? So why go to cburch every Sunday and praise and worship and listen to a sermon knowing absolutely nothing? Let me stop preaching…great post😊 lol

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  30. Your Daddy says, “Seek and ye shall find……” and I discern that you are finding the way to your Fathers heart. It is surely not a matter of what others are doing or saying, it is a matter of, do you KNOW HIM. Never give up Sasha. Shalom

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  31. I was a victim of a different sort of Christian false advertising. A church claimed to have an anointed teacher who had “advanced” revelations. Nobody discipled me so I never knew any different. God eventually got me out of that errant and false church. I now know how to read scriptures in context and I understand the heavenly Father for who he really is.
    I also oppose the notion that Christians should be healthy and wealthy. The phony prosperity gospel, which is no gospel at all, is robbing so many gullible people of their money and eventually their faith. The judgement on those proclaiming this bull poop will be extreme and horrendous.
    And souls don’t float up to heaven but people are instantly in the presence of Christ, as Paul pointed out. Neither do souls sit on clouds with harps. Furthermore, I’m writing a book on who goes to heaven. So many Christians will be shocked spitless when they find out they believed a lie all their lives.

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  32. Thank you, Rae, for reading my Reflections on Life blog. I merely desire to honor the Lord in all I do, say, and think. Not being perfect does not stop me from doing my best to honor Him. And I encourage you to keep presenting Jesus to the world in the best way you know how. May the Lord bless you, my friend.

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  33. I’m happy the Lord showed you the way and the truth before that false prophet led you down the wrong path. God bless and good luck on your book! *Rae

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  34. Sasha, I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 I agree 100% on your comment, too. I feel like a lot of religious Christians are equivalent to modern-day pharisees. I’ll just leave it at that. lol

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  35. This is a great post! First time for me to visit your blog, but I’ll be back. I have so many pet peeves I may turn those thoughts into my own post in future weeks.

    However, one that gets me every time is when someone says something like, “Do yourself/us a favor and ask the LORD what He would have you do.” I’m not opposed to asking the Lord what direction I should go, but this particular phrase has recently come as a response to me calling a person out when they wronged me in a business transaction.

    I also have a close relative who insists that if someone doesn’t allow her to pray over them, then God will withhold his blessing, or a healing, or whatever fills in the blanks. There’s no convincing her that God doesn’t need her copilot-ness to function well.

    Thanks for the thoughtful post!

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  36. In the latter case, it is not only pride but a narcissistic personality that no one has been willing to call out. Unfortunately, it’s my only sibling, and her cult-like “God only works through me” attitude lost me the relationship with my parents and my brother-in-law, who have enabled her for years. Consequently, when I hear someone say, “God told me to tell you _____,” I know it’s false because God is fully aware that I’ll never respond to that—and He uses other means to get my attention or to confirm what He’s already been telling me.

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  37. One pet peeve of mine is false pastors/prophets/churchs/ what have you that claim to be man of God! These sheeps in wolves clothing. I’m praying hard people are released from them, and their plans are made null and void ❤

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  38. C K Yap says:

    I was at a rundown mall store where they sold 3D posters of religious icons. One was [photoshopped] Jesus with his hands hugging the Earth. Another was Eloi in his glory with cherubs. You can guess which one I bought : )

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  39. I do not have a pet peeve. I simply try to focus on the Word and test everything against it. I am far from perfect. It was not long ago I was a whiskey bent hell bound biker. I learned riding a bike you do not focus on where you do not want to go. You keep your eyes on where you want the bike to go. Same with my faith. Seek first the kingdom of God. I try to remember Eph.2:4-9 when I deal with the world. It keeps me humble… most of the time.

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  40. Reblogged this on New Christianity and commented:
    Kathleen O’Sullivan tells of meeting Jesus as a tramp in a Fish & Chip shop. Where did you see him last?
    I suppose it depends where you are looking and for whom.

    Please read on…

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  41. I definitely agree with this. I think as Christians we need to stop focusing on the novelties of Christianity. We need to stop focusing on the length of his hair, the color of his eyes, and the verses we put in our social media bios. What the most important thing is the relationship you have with him. Just like with any relationship, looks aren’t everything. We shouldn’t base our faith off of what we want people to perceive it as. I think that’s what a lot of people struggle with. They outwardly want to look like good people, but inside they feel empty because they are trying too hard to put their Christianity on a stage for everyone to see. What is truly life changing is the one on one relationship with the Lord, without worrying about the appearance of your faith.

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  42. bamabreze says:

    The Christians who post Bible verses today & profanity tomorrow!!! I know none of us are perfect BUT please practice what you preach!!!!

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  43. Thank you for sharing.
    It’s powerful to find a few others who are fighting the same battle.
    You are making powerful moves in the kingdom of God, DONT STOP.
    You’re right, Jesus is not just another product we can take or leave, he transforms everything in a powerful way. If we can take him or leave him, really we never took him.
    Keep fighting
    Breakthrough Futures

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  44. This is like the verse where Jesus says “you have turned my fathers house into a den of thieves.” God is not a business, he is not something to be played with! He loves us, but we need to be for him and not against him.

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  45. The prophet described the Messiah as having no form that we should look at him, nor beauty that we should desire him. Very different than how Jesus is popularly depicted.

    Isaiah 53:1-3

    1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
    And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

    2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
    he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.

    3 He was despised and rejected by men,
    a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
    and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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  46. amyinthe2000s says:

    I can definitely appreciate that. What I mean is, it really struck me–your words about not recognizing Jesus. I have a question–merely out of curiosity. Do you think that the representation of Jesus in common media and advertising has an impact on people’s acceptance of Christ into their lives? (I don’t believe I know enough about this matter to assume what the answer could be.) Thank you.

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  47. I’d say, “no,” but then I come from a culture and region that accepts the common portrayal of the light skin, light haired, light eyed Jesus. To be honest, I really am not sure. I mean people receive others who they share commonalities with better.

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  48. First and foremost, I L💜VE Y❤U!!! I have so much to say that I may as well write a book. Everything you said and then some, a lot more, a whooooole lot more. And about “everybody floating up to Heaven upon death”, I’m sorry, I’m sorry NOT. I’ve been lurking around watching some conversations of secular people. Some of them are so dillusional until it’s supersized pathetic. I posted a meme on my blog some time back. It said that everybody wants to raise the devil on earth and go to Heaven when they die. No, no, no, no, no; and then you have those that lay on their death bed seeking repentance in exchange for instant admission into Heaven. Well, somebody done told them wrong. What folks need to understand is that if you labor NOT for God while you live you will NOT partake in the Kingdom of life when He pulls your time card. In other words you can’t expect to enjoy a place that you didn’t help to “build” or even try to persuade people to take that right turn off of Sin Hwy and head for Right Way Blvd. And Lord….no, don’t start me on these mega egos that televise those “warehouses” packed from door to wall. I sincerely believe that most, if not all of those, ahem, “clergymen / clergywomen” are seeking self graditudinal sensationalism and once they get that spotlight, most of the time if not all of the time (again) God really doesn’t matter anymore because it turns into a competition from mega mess to mega messy. See, I told you not to get me started. 😁 God bless you hun and continue to be blessed and blessing others.

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  49. Souled Out 2 Him, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love that you’re passionate about this topic. It’s refreshing and inspiring to see and read. Bless you and your comments are always welcome! *Rae

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  50. Reading all these comments, I am overcome with how so many Christians have such personal relationships with the Lord… how we can all be apart of one family, and yet be very distinct in where we come from. Some of us believe different things when it comes to the “minors” of the faith, and it has humbled me tonight to see all these Believers come together and share their opinions… hope that somehow makes sense! There is no room for errancy and false beliefs, that’s not what I am saying– Believers should be careful in discerning truth from error that abounds these days. But, we all have different relationships with Christ. Beautiful.

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  51. I agree with you, Rae. Thanks for posting this. Scripture plainly tells us: He was one who had “no form nor comeliness” … “no beauty that we should desire him” …”despised and rejected of men”, and “as one from whom men hide their face, he was despised and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53).

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  52. so may of us called christian should not be suprised if we didnt make it on the last day, we belive in what we know about christ instead of following what has been written about us, no wonder it is written….MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING. so many of us think we understand the word without accepting the Word which is Jesus christ
    not until you realise this you are an anti christ .

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  53. nugees, I hear ya bro. and believe me, not many I call brother. I believe Rae has a reasonable concept of the truth, and the best part of her concept is that she… hmmm, wait for it…. er…. SEEKS the truth! All most all say they seek the truth but they think the truth is in their pastor who receives a good weekly income to spread the good news as HE SEES IT. So in essence, no pussy footing around here friends… these teachers and ministers of the good news are actually in essence … wait for it… SELLING GOD. If you disagree, then you are not ready for the real good news because you would only say it was from the devil. Here it is my friends: All that is needed of you in this lifetime is to “love God as He loves you, and love the rest of the world as you would have them love you. No more and no less. BUT here is the kicker… How am I to love God? Just say the sinners prayer and its all a done deal right? No, if you indeed love your wife, and your wife likes sweet chocolate, will you give her a lemon? Haha, so why do you give God what He dont like? Does He like you praying in public? Does He like you using His mighty name in vain (now there’s a debate in itself), does He like for you to do as HE SAYS? I wont lecture you on what God likes and dislikes here, but to say… (from memory) … here is the patience of the saints, THOSE WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE FATHER AND ALSO THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.
    Meditate on that truth seekers for there is great benefit in the Word who said this. And I am not speaking of a book. nugees knows who I am speaking of. And Amen bro nugees to all you said. Glad to see some are on the right track as is this author Rae here. Remember this, which goes together with what nugees said earlier. “Many are called but FEW are chosen”, so yes brother, most follow Christ in vain. This is for one main reason, they follow their own hearts as well. You cant follow both.

    Grace and Peace to all Gods children…. Mikey

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  54. One last note on this… the best way to love is to serve. Serve your wife who needs you and serve even your enemy who might learn from you, and most of all… serve your one and only infinite Creator… I call Him Jehovah.

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  55. Word! That annoys me too. But my biggest pet peeve is “and you call yourself a Christian” like I ever said I was incapable of making mistakes because I am saved. The word saint – as in “I’m no saint” – also does not mean that I am a person who is better than you or error-proof. It does mean I have a stringent moral code to follow, but if I make a mistake because, let’s face it, I am a saint in a flesh bag, that isn’t the thing that characterizes my faith. It’s how I handle it that will show you why I call myself a Christian.

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