This reading was again a lot shorter than the last one but it still had a lot of meaning and main points that really make you think. Who is Jesus and is he God? Why are people afraid to believe? Two great similar questions and one different question that there will never be a real answer for. When going through this reading and analyzing almost every detail, it puts you in a state of pushing forward almost all your knowledge. This will help so you can focus in on every single interesting question or point that stands out; which would intern make you more curious to research the answers or create your own.
There is no greater question than who is Jesus and is he God? Cause to be honest no one knows, all we can say is what we believe he is but not what we know he is. Its impossible for someone now to have lived then so how do we really know who he is? We go off what the bible and what our priests teach us but that isn’t always enough for us as curious humans to really express our knowledge of who he is when we don’t have physical proof of what or who he was back then and still is now. Paul the Apostle spoke: “You know for yourselves that I worked with my own hands to support myself and my companions. In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” In this reading Jesus is spoken of as “the Lord Jesus” so if he is the lord then does that make him God? No i don’t think so because Jesus is seen as the son of God therefore he can’t be God when he is the son. Jesus is the Lord of the people but he is still the son of God not God himself.
Why are people afraid to believe? One of the reasons that people are afraid is simply because of fear. They are scared of what Jesus is capable of. Bertrand Russell had some great points in his opinion on this reason. He said “Religion is based primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.” Another reason why could be that we as people are afraid to be loved or to love. We are scared of what the outcome could be or if we give ourselves to who we love then we would become vulnerable and an “easy target” almost. When we love someone or believe in something\someone that means that we love them and if we are given a reason why not to love then we would be heartbroken; so we are scared to love and believe because of this. The last reason almost goes with the reason of fear and its that we are afraid of what we find out and believe to be true ends up not being true. If we believe in God all our lives and then simply someone comes along and proves his non-existence then what do we believe then?
Should we forgive sins too? We are not sure because Jesus was human and so are we which means that if he did, shouldn’t we also? Jesus may have forgive people for their sins but now the sins of people are far worse so can we? I think so. There are certain sins that we can forgive because they are not as malicious but some are not forgivable in any way. No one will be able to forgive every single person that has hurt them in their lives but we also can’t hate everyone for what they have done because some of these people that hurt us have taught us lessons on how we should act towards them and that we aren’t perfect either. It’s not that difficult to commit a sin and most of us commit them on a daily basis without even knowing it so how is fair that we can hate others for hurting us and not forgive their sins when we do the same things all the time. Most of the time we don’t realize that we are committing the same sins that we cannot forgive others for, but in different ways and that’s what is really the difference in why we can’t we forgive them and why we can. We don’t know it so really we can and should forgive sins too but most of us choose not to.
Throughout this very intriguing reading those three paragraphs explain exactly what I thought was some of the more interesting questions. We will still never know the answer to one or maybe all of these questions but that doesn’t mean we give up. This means we do more research, spend more time and figure it out; seeing what others opinions are. I definitely loved reading this and will probably continue to think about some of these questions in the near or far future.