15 Things Jesus Didn’t Say

Now that we’ve made it past Easter and find ourselves in the middle of Eastertide, it’s a good time to reassess our own faith and our relationship with Jesus.

Eastertide is a “decision-making time” for Christians. We have walked with Jesus all over the Holy Land; we have accompanied him to Jerusalem; we have seen what the world’s authorities have done to him; and we have experienced the Christ who rose from the dead.

Before we travel down this path any longer, let’s be sure to dispel any false doctrine or teachings that we may be clinging to that aren’t true to who Jesus really is.

For example: Below are “15 things Jesus Didn’t Say” but many people live as if he did. Look over this list, and when you’re done; 1) think about which ones hit home for you, and why, and 2) add your own to the list – things you had been taught to believe Jesus said, things others have claimed Jesus said, or things you just assumed Jesus said. I’d love to hear what you come up with!

Jesus did NOT say:

  • “For God was so disgusted with the world and you that he gave his one and only Son.”
  • “I have come to bring you a new religion.”
  • “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have correct theology.”
  • “If anyone would come after me, let him disparage all other religions and their followers.”
  • “If you love me, you will regularly attend a church of your choice… within reason.”
  • “Blessed are the tithers for they shall be called the children of God.”
  • “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in Heaven after the earth goes up in flames and is destroyed.”
  • “You have heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor,’ which means the people with whom you attend church and relate to in your Christian sub-culture.”
  • “In my Father’s house there are a limited number of rooms. But no worries, there is plenty of room in Hell.”
  • “The kingdom of God has come!… Well, not exactly. I mean, not completely. Let’s face it, the really-real kingdom comes after we die. Hang in there. It won’t be long.”
  • “And you will know the truth and the truth will make you superior to all the other simpletons who never learned Greek or Hebrew.”
  • “You are the light of the world… well… in a sinful-filthy-scum kind of way.”
  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you a checklist of things to do and not do in order to remain in God’s favor.”
  • “For God so loved the world… you know like theoretically… as in, God loves the big ‘W’-world. But when it come to you specifically, there are quite a few things that would need to change for God to actually and specifically love… or even like… YOU.”
  • “He appeared to his disciples over a period of 40 days and spoke about how to incorporate his life and teaching as a 501(c)3, and go into all the earth to build mega-churches in his name.” 

(Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering)

Discovering Jesus as he really is …

Pastor Bob <><