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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Diaz on Dec 9 2012
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If Born Again Christian Fundamentalists have tried to scare you into believing that Jesus died for your sins, then you've got to read this book! When all else fails, Christian Fundamentalists will try to frighten you with the concept of going to Hell. As kids, most of us who were brought up as Christians were "threatened" with going to Hell unless we believed that Jesus died for our sins. This psychological factor is ingrained somewhere in our subconscious. Even when we grow up, it's still there. More so for some of us then for others. So when Born Again Christians try to convert you, they will ultimately bring up Hell. They will say something like "Isn't it better to believe than go to Hell?" Don't let this influence you. God is a loving God. He doesn't send people to Hell just because you have doubts as to who Jesus is. God is not a hateful God.

Even if Jesus is the Son of God, and even if he really did die for our sins, God's not going to send you to Hell just because you're not sure about it. If "...God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son..." to save us, then just because you have an intelligent mind that seeks logical answers to questions, God is not going to condemn you for that. Didn't he give you that intellectual mind? That's like saying that God will only take you to heaven if you shut off your intellect and blindly follow the concepts of Christianity. It's OK to question the New Testament. It's OK to question Christianity. It's OK to doubt.

This book looks at Jesus with logic. It uses the New Testament as a source for answers to Born Again Christian Fundamentalism.
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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.

In addition, I like the way that Science and even Astrophysics (!
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