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What Did Jesus Really Say-How Christianity Went Astray: [What to Say to a Born Again Christian Fundamentalist, But Never Had the Information] Paperback – Jan 6 2005


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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Iuniverse Inc (Jan. 6 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595326730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595326730
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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I really enjoyed reading this book!

Now more than ever (the way politics is in the USA) this book is very important. Christianity can actually become a dangerous force when it gets involved in the political process. Just look at the Inquisition. In fact, the United States today is heading for an "inquisition-like" type of Christianity. We might not be burning people at the stake, but we are being politically pressured to keep brain-dead people alive (i.e., Terri Schiavo, etc.) and overturn abortion rights.

The Christian right wing of the Republican Party is even voting for people who they feel will best perpetuate these conservative beliefs by changing the laws that would force all Americans to accept their ideology.

This book is also a must-read for those who are tired of Christian Fundamentalists who quote the New Testament on issues of morality. In fact, Jesus' message is often different from the religion named after him. Modern Christianity is more about the Apostle Paul than it is about Jesus.
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I really enjoyed reading this book!

Now more than ever (the way politics is in the USA) this book is very important. Christianity can actually become a dangerous force when it gets involved in the political process. Just look at the Inquisition. In fact, the United States today is heading for an "inquisition-like" type of Christianity. We might not be burning people at the stake, but we are being politically pressured to keep brain-dead people alive (i.e., Terri Schiavo, etc.) and overturn abortion rights.

The Christian right wing of the Republican Party is even voting for people who they feel will best perpetuate these conservative beliefs by changing the laws that would force all Americans to accept their ideology.

This book is also a must-read for those who are tired of Christian Fundamentalists who quote the New Testament on issues of morality. In fact, Jesus' message is often different from the religion named after him. Modern Christianity is more about the Apostle Paul than it is about Jesus.
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Christians will undoubtedly dislike and even hate this book. Although the author is respectful of Jesus and tries not to insult Christians, there will be some of the Christian persuasion who will probably feel slighted and insulted by this book.

In other words, some Christians will simply not like this book since it diplomatically points out the flaws of their belief structure and may even shake the foundation of their faith a bit. Well, that is, until they put their faithful heads back into the proverbial Christian sand again. Hear no evil. See no evil. When in doubt, "...cast your uncertainties aside and have blind faith!" Alas, the eternal mantra of Christianity.

Nevertheless, this book has the potential of opening the eyes of the spiritually blind and the spiritually hard of seeing. It answers questions without being boring, overly scholarly, pompous or derogatory. The book basically tells the simple truth.

A terrific book and a must read if you're open to the fact that Christianity has gone off-course from the original message of Jesus. But if you are a devout Christian of any kind, you will probably want to skip this book, even if you are most in need of reading it.
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This is a very good introduction to this subject. Whereas Jesus is treated with a good deal of respect, the author basically shows how Christianity is different from what Jesus Christ apparently taught.

The author also touches on various seemingly "unrelated" subjects, but then effectively integrates them into a well written presentation. The main focus of the book, however, is on some of the flaws of Fundamentalist Christianity and how the Apostle Paul and the Disciple John have misconstrued the message of Jesus. Subsequently, the author's primary argument appears to be that Christianity should be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and not on the teachings of the church.

I must say that I agree wholeheartedly. Christianity should be about what Jesus Christ taught. Not what Paul, John, and other well-meaning Christians have taught over the last 20 centuries. It should be based on the teachings of Jesus, just as Buddhism (for example) should be based on the teachings of the Buddha.

I also found it interesting that there are some very completely different stories in the New Testament. For example, I always thought that Judas had committed suicide after betraying Jesus. Even Mel Gibson portrays Judas hanging himself in the "Passion of Christ." I was surprised to learn that there is another very different story in the New Testament where Judas does not commit suicide at all.

Therefore when Fundamentalist Christians claim that the Bible is flawless, that it is God's Holy Word (without error), then how can one accept this when the New Testament is quite clearly flawed.

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This is an extremely interesting and highly enjoyable book to read.

I also really love the way Mr. Cayce simplifies a very complicated subject. There's something to be said about focusing on Jesus' words first, since the various Christian churches around the world can't even agree on basic tenets of Christianity.

In fact, Christianity has been arguing with itself and other denominations of Christianity for over 2,000 years.

Perhaps it's time to simply get down to the basics and focus on Jesus' words first and foremost. After all, even the disciples of Jesus didn't always agree with each other. And Paul and John tell such a different story about Jesus that you really can't take them seriously. Mr. Cayce, therefore, focuses instead on Jesus' words in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

I also like how the "Meaning of Life" is explained in the last chapter and Epilogue. Could he be right? Very interesting!

I therefore really recommend this book. This is a great introduction for anyone interested in this subject.
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