Why I Don’t Want Jesus as My Savior

One person’s honest opinion. I’m not in total agreement, but I can understand this reaction.

Civitas Humana

Here has always been one of my major distastes for the Jesus-savior concept. It’s like a person you aren’t interested in constantly asking you out on a date. If you aren’t attracted to or interested in that person, then they aren’t going to have anything to offer you, and repeated inquiries into the matter just gets irritable.

73551b7c6002671fb2353a283ed11409.pngI do not find the person or message of Jesus to be inspiring, particularly meaningful, or fulfilling for my life. I say this as someone who studies thehistorical Jesus in higher education. The historical Jesus was most likely a radical, apocalyptic prophet, predicting imminent cosmic intervention and a reordering of social hierarchy and religious customs. His manner of teaching and interacting with people, as depicted in the Gospels, is often inamicable and even brutish. He mostly wants to talk at people, and when people present counter-arguments, they are usually depicted as either…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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