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Misrepresentation of Jesus, imho
on April 4, 2016
Writing a fictitious account of Jesus, told from his point of view, no less, is an aspiring feat to be sure. As much as I can appreciate the attempt, I couldn't help being disillusioned.
If this was a life of Jesus, then the focus was all wrong. There was no emphasis on Jesus' innate Godhood, until the book was almost finished. Apparently, all the time before, Jesus "had chosen not to know it" (that he was God). But that contradicts the biblical account in Luke 2:49, when Jesus as a child told his parents, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?" Because Jesus was God, is God, and forever will be, he knew from the beginning, his purpose in life. And he wouldn't have allowed himself to get sidetracked from his ultimate purpose in coming to earth, which was to die.
To suggest the idea of a sacred and holy God as having romantic inclinations, is ludicrous, and brings dishonour and desecration to His Name, imo. I understand this is fiction. However, when it comes to taking liberties with Jesus, I think we should tread most cautiously in how we represent him. Also, I can't fathom the author's implication that Jesus wasn't perfect. The author has him praying, "I am longing for You in Your perfection with this heart that is imperfection!"
No, this wasn't a life of Jesus, like I was led to believe by the front insert description and the title. Rather, this book was based on the lives of other fictitious characters in the town of Nazareth, with Jesus' supposed impressions of them scattered throughout. Besides the discrepancies aforementioned, this was a drawn out, dreary tome, that I never did figure out the point or premise.