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Weasel Books BS: What did Jesus look like? (258* d) RE: BS: What did Jesus look like? 08 Feb 05

"But what better role model of a person of color could these children have but Jesus!

A guy that showed his displeasure with money lenders by taking a stick to them?

A guy that withered a fig tree because the fruit wasn't to his liking?

A guy that took family men away from their wives and children?

A guy that burnt Egyptian children for looking cross-eyed at him?"

Eh? Where did you get the bit about burning Egyptian children? Whenever Jesus and children are mentioned he is telling people to love and respect them. He also says that anyone who abuses them would be better if they hanged a millstone around their necks.

The fig tree was used to illustrate some points of doctrine and teaching.

When he chased the moneylenders and businessmen out of the Temple, it was not because they were moneylenders, etc., but because they plied their trade inside the most sacred of places, turning it into nothing more than a market. Even when expelling them forcibly, Jesus took great care not to harm the caged birds. Note that these are the only two occasions in which he used force (and mild at that). Indeed, was there any other way to stop it?

He was not gone all the time, they were home enough (and presumably still fished), and in the meantime the community cared for the families of the Apostles, as they would for any in need.

Why is someone who encourages people to be tolerant, obedient, kind, and good a bad example for children to follow?

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