Hi all! I am Rusty and live in Cape Town. I am Christian in that I understand Jesus' teachings and live accordingly, but when I see what religions have made of them I have many reservations. Maybe you can help me here.....
For instance, His teachings on our dependence on materialism - Render unto Caesar, the loaves and fish, his instruction to Zebedee, the moneylenders at the Temple and most significantly the camel passing through the eye of a needle. These are all well-known but it seems to me that they are ignored. I'll tell you why I get that impression. There is no denying that Christ's teachings have been the root of our spiritual lives over the last two thousand years and that even though that spiritual guardian, religion, was at our side we have become the world Jesus spoke against. It would seem that the churches do not take this message to heart. The Vatican especially with all its pomp and glory and rich treasures.
As Jesus spoke out so often on that theme, I would think that this message is of particular significance. It is as if saw the world we would, and did, create with the concept of money. Money is not 'of God', it is man's invention and as we were going astray under its influence - making wars, dividing people into haves and have-nots. Creating an oppressive cynicism that led to the exploitation of have-nots to labour for those who have, Jesus felt an urgent need to speak out. Through the ages Christian officialdom has negated it. Today it is more urgent than ever.
This is a conundrum that prevents me from casting my lot in with religions, there is much more, but this will do for now. Am I wrong? Have I missed something?