Which was He ?
The series of points below each feature a brief introduction to a linked article (which opens in a separate tab), show why so-called "Christian conservative" preachers, politicians, writers, radio or TV pundits, and the like, who don't teach what Jesus taught, and/or don't act the way Jesus instructed his followers to act, should not to be believed when they claim to represent Jesus Christ!
We don't claim that Jesus Christ was a liberal in every sense of the word.
Although many people use the terms "liberal" versus "conservative", I have yet to find anyone who could tell me precisely what they mean, when they use them. There are many terms that we all use quite regularly, but with only a fuzzy idea of what they mean, often-times because the terms don't have clear, fixed and established meanings. These terms are very good examples of that phenomenon.
So when we say "Jesus was a liberal", you shouldn't assume that we are using the word "liberal" exactly the way you would. But, we don't want you to have a vague idea of what we mean either, so we define exactly what we mean on a quite lengthy, but very insightful, webpage called "LiberalvsConservative.org". We didn't define these terms arbitrarily, but since the dictionary definitions were rather vague, we tried to see if there was any "common sense" in the way most people used these terms, and we think we found some. Whether you agree or disagree, we would love to hear from you, as we never want to stop improving our work. This webpage could very well change your life because – regardless of your religious beliefs, or lack thereof – it might persuade you to rethink whether you want to spend the rest of your life being a liberal versus a conservative.
Now, once you realize what a wonderful thing it is to be a liberal, we invite you to look at Jesus with fresh eyes in order to recognize how very liberal he was in that sense of the word. What we do at our WhatWouldJesusThink.info webpage is show you, in his own words, and in the Gospels' description of his lifestyle, how very liberal Jesus of Nazareth was (as we define that term).
Most of the efforts of conservative Christian leaders is to persuade their followers to view this life as a relatively short test that needs to be lived in such a way as to eventually be rewarded with eternal happiness in the next life. Such a view not only allows for a great amount of tolerance for pain and suffering in this life, but in some instances, even their promotion under the guise of "sacrifice" which pleases God.
The very different view of Liberal Christians is that this life is what is important for now. Unlike Christian conservatives who view the relieving of the earthly needs and suffering of people as the business of government "social workers", rather than the business of religion, Liberal Christians share the view of their leader and model, Jesus of Nazareth who defined his whole mission in this life in the graphic to the left.
The panel below is an illustration of the way we believe that Christians live, when they are moved by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ to strive to improve the earthly lives of needy people in their own time and place the way Jesus tried to do in his time and place.
"Social Creed" of 1908
For all kinds of Christian conservatives, "salvation" is what their Christian faith is all about, and that usually means "salvation by faith alone". However, Jesus didn't teach "salvation by faith alone". It's Paul of Tarsus who taught that, NOT Jesus of Nazareth!
"I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues (or "churches"). Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them." This is such an important matter that we devote an entire webpage to it|.
For Christian conservatives of all stripes, it is what people believe (in their minds) that is all important.
However, as we show in his own words, that isn't what was important to Jesus Christ.
Although Conservatives claim to be very concerned about "family values", their preference for the Republican over the Democratic Party is terribly misplaced, as we show at FamilyValuesParty.html.
Just as "white supremacy" is an issue with many white people in America, our Women&Jesus. page shows that Christian men didn't get their "male supremacy" issue from Jesus of Nazareth.
Here's an excellent article by a pastor in Tennessee making many of the same points we make here, called "Wasn't Jesus a Liberal?".
And here's another excellent article by a lay writer making many of the same points we make here, called "Jesus vs. the Christians".
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