Haven't blogged for awhile because Matthew ditched his Mac and got an iPad, which he says is great, but I can barely type on the thing. (So NOT a replacement for a laptop.) I'm a carpenter. I build stuff. I'm not a super-typist.
Anyway: MAN, this planet is off-kilter. Seriously.
For example, these religious leaders today. They decided to stone a woman to death, because they caught her in adultery. (Where's the guy she was with? Don't ask. Double-standard.)
Anyway, they're all the "good", Bible-reading, law-keeping sort, and take "stands" against sin - other people's, anyway. So I pointed out that they could go ahead and do that, provided none of them have sinned.
That ticked them off (surprise!) and they left.
And I told the lady that I didn't condemn her, and to go and sin no more.
This made her VERY happy.
Posted today at 4:32 p.m.
Well, Jesus, I'm sure your well intended, but once again, your not really teaching her a lesson. She DID sin, and sin is serious. Those were some of our top Bible teachers there today, and you certainly came off like you think its OK to do adultery.
Again, I know you're well intended, but you can't let people think its OK to sin.
Ya, I agree with Liz up there. It's one thing to be for "grace", because we ALL are for that, of course, but its another thing to just let her walk away after what she did. You probably had some kids watching, too, who now think God is just fine with sexual immorality.
Grace is great, BUT... we can't be all "grace, grace, grace..."
Jesus, you're throwing the baby out with the bathwater, again. There's a whole movement of people like you who are just trying to be "cool", and aren't taking a stand against adultery. I'm sure it earns you friends, but at what cost? You can take the grace thing TOO FAR.
I've been reading your blog for awhile, Jesus, and I'm afraid I'm going to have to switch blogs.
I know you're God and so forth, and I go to church multiple times a week to be on your good side, along with my kids. But they read this blog, too, and they are going to get the idea that, when they grow up, it's okay to have adulterous sex. That's not something I want them to be doing.
I like the stuff you said about how we need to be a GOOD person. Maybe stick to that. I'm switching to a blog that's safer for my family.
-- concerned mom
Well, I like the "sin no more" part, but in our culture, so many people just ignore that.
Wait: Are you guys serious?
You honestly think this woman's life wasn't totally changed by this? You honestly think the law changes people, deep-down?
You'd seriously RATHER they kept their law and killed her?
You guys genuinely don't think you're just as guilty as she is?
You think if people are afraid of the law, their hearts will be right with God, and they'll stop sinning?
UH... obvious question here, but... have YOU?
You actually say, "Grace, BUT..."? Like you really, truly WANT a "but" when it comes to the grace God is showing YOU?
You're worried about the example for everyone ELSE, when you, yourselves have sinful hearts, and you're fully aware of the law?
You WANT to be under the law?
You'd RATHER have big-shot religious leaders pretend they've got their moral acts together, so your kids learn to be THAT way?
You think, "I don't condemn you, go and sin no more," doesn't take sin seriously enough? Do you think what Jesus does on the cross takes sin "seriously enough" to cover this woman's sin?
Or, let's be honest here, you'd actually rather it didn't. That way you can keep your, "Grace, BUT..."
You know what? It's sad, really. Apparently, you haven't experienced grace at all, like this woman just did, or you'd never have this reaction.
-- Paul of Tarsus
Yeah, Jesus, I'm with most of the people here. Grace is great and all, but you can over-do it.
I *know* you've got a good heart, and love how you've healed some people, etc.
But just telling someone to "sin no more" after taking away the consequences isn't going to work.
She'll just go do it again, since now she doesn't have to worry about the consequences because you got involved.
-- Ed H.
Yeah, I'm confused, Jesus. I thought you came to teach us how to stop sinning. If that was your point, then why would you do this?
I mean, if you're whole point is "Stop sinning NOW!" it doesn't make any sense that you would do something like this.
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Well, Jesus, I happen to know several of the men you TRIED to embarrass today. And they are EXCELLENT men of God. So for you to side with a KNOWN adulteress, in front of everyone, when THEY were just doing what God's law calls for, well, that's terrible.
I can see why they are really made at you. And you claim to be a Christian!
jesus i am so glad u rescued me, to.