Jesus Christ

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  • Jesus Christ
    • Liberator
      • Liberator of the Poor and Marginalised
        • The Marginalised
          • Jesus had women followers, one was a prostitute (not sexist)
          • Tax collector as follower
          • Helped sick and needy
          • Jesus: 'Not the healthy that need help but the sick'
          • Parable of Lost Son, Good Samaritan
        • Liberation Theologists
          • Gustavo Gutierrez: South American, Lived with Poor, Worked to End Poverty,  Inspired By Jesus!
          • Leonardo Both, Camilo Torres.
          • Preferential option for the poor
          • Underside of History
          • S.G.F Brandon: Saw Jesus as a Zealot (Terrorist), Willing to use violence to liberate.
        • Non Violence
          • Told followers to put swords away
          • Give to Ceasor what is Ceasors.
      • Strengths
        • Anyone can inspire others or be a liberator
        • Encourages us to challenge unjust world
      • Weakness
        • Doesnt do justice to Miracles or Resurrection
        • Go's against teachings of Jesus as divine or Gods son
    • Son of God
      • Miracles
        • Water into Wine
        • Raised Lazarus from Dead
        • Walked on Water
        • Calmed the storm
        • Resurrection
        • Shows he is divine with power over earth
        • Although could have been;  natural causes, magician, hallucinations,metaphorical
      • Strengths
        • Weakness
          • False claims > Fabricated gospel (NT)
            • Metaphorical rather than literal (e.g story of blind men)
              • David Hume: Resurrection and miracles, lack of evidence
                • E.P Sanders: Cannot prove Jesus historically
        • Performing miracles means he has powers
          • Women found body first
        • Offers people a route to salvation
          • People to die for their faith
          • Over 500 witnessed Jesus Resurrection
      • Fulfilment of prophesies in old testament
        • 'I am the way, the truth and the life, No one comes to the father accept through me
        • Never said he was son of God
          • Describes Kingfom as not of this earth
        • Birthplace and death
          • Over 5000 people saw Jesus, and he was willing to die to save us from sin.
          • Could have been; Religious experience, metaphorical, natural explanation, Matter of faith (cant prove it happened)
    • Teacher of Wisdom
      • Bible > Sermon on the mount. Preached rules like Turn the other cheek.
        • Provided a difference to Pharisees legislation (Rules and Laws)
        • Jesus teachings on repentance and forgiveness
      • Radical Revisionist
        • Dont look at other woman lustfully
        • Do not commit adultary
          • Love your enemies
      • Jesus Parables; Lost Son, Sheep and Goats, Good Samaritan
      • Strengths
        • John Hick: Jesus is a gift to the world
        • Jesus as a teacher is accessible to all (even non Christians)
        • Weakness
          • Jesus looses value
            • Jesus and his teachings lose authority
              • Counter to Biblical teachings

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