The Life and Times of Jesus: The Messiah Behind Enemy Lines (Part II) [Kindle Edition] nd describe the freebie
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The Life and Times of Jesus: The Messiah Behind Enemy Lines (Part II) [Kindle Edition] nd describe the freebie

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Jesus was a Messiah behind enemy lines – God come into a sinful world ruled by evil. He was on a secret mission to save humanity. To Jesus’ first-century Jewish contemporaries, whatever the Nazarene might be, he was not simply ‘another good rabbi.’ Jesus was a polarizing figure. One believed either that this powerful preacher and wonderworker was uniquely of God or that he was an agent of the Evil One. As he said in Luke’s Gospel, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Lk. 11:23).

We often speak of the love, mercy, and compassion of Jesus, but Malachi also prophesied of him, “Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire” (Mal. 3:1-2). That is indeed how he came. Jesus was always moved by love of God and neighbor, but he was not always ‘nice.’ He was “meek and humble of heart” (Mt. 11:29) but never tame. Innocent though he was, it is little wonder that his boldness and zeal for righteousness provoked such powerful enemies; he knew it would be so. Jesus walked the earth at a time when human life had become cheapened, and prompt and brutal execution was a matter not so much of justice as of expedience. Ultimately, Jesus’ paradoxical roles as fiery prophet and meek Lamb of God would intersect on the wood of the cross.

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This is actually a pretty good read. I'm not remotely religious, but found it nice to put those stories from the Gospels into a 'proper' historical timeline.

he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy

Banned

Do you have to read Part I (£1.99) first?

prowla

Do you have to read Part I (£1.99) first?



I did (it was free a couple of weeks ago), but it's not vital. Part 1 covers from birth to the Sermon on the Mount, and part 2 covers the stuff in the Gospels.

Put it on my reading list. Not a believer, but always read such texts. It is important to be educated in both what we hold to be true and what we hold to be false. Anything less would be hypocritical and just plain stupid.

ratsdomino

he's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy



Huh?.

Can I ask that does it provide sources for the material? Seems a interesting read

EN1GMA

Can I ask that does it provide sources for the material? Seems a … Can I ask that does it provide sources for the material? Seems a interesting read



Most are cited, though there are some that are pretty vague, though you can work out more or less where it came from if you feel like it.

God come into a sinful world ruled by evil. He was on a secret mission to … God come into a sinful world ruled by evil. He was on a secret mission to save humanity



That worked well then

ratsdomino says it all

books like this really do turn so many people off from the subject. it's actually quite an interesting story really.

graham221

That worked well then



haha

god came into a sinful world... created by himself... so he could save the world, with his son, who is him

all this fighting in the world over god but if there is a god and you posted a letter to him no matter what religion you believe in same letter box it would go in.
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