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Where are the Christians? (Part Two)

Christians of today aren’t where we might think. Unlike a century ago when two-thirds of the world’s Christians lived in Europe, there is a different story-line today.

Good news? For the first time in human history, the gospel is reaching into every nook and cranny of the globe – in fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Bad news? The cradle of Christianity has been left behind and former centers of Christianity as in Europe are increasingly nominal in their faith and practice.

Three possible reasons are advanced for this conundrum:

  • Christianity is a religion of the poor
  • God intentionally wills the action to keep shifting
  • The Church has misunderstood the Commission, making Christianity unsustainable wherever it has taken root

Where does the truth lie? Check out our current featured article on the jesustheheresy blog.

Bethlehem’s Church of the Shepherds Field: Designed by Barluzzi, an Italian Franciscan monk and architect. Light penetrates the concrete and glass dome, evoking the divine brightness that so startled nomadic shepherds of two millenia ago.

dung gate

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At this website, we invite you to explore new perspectives on Jesus the god-man. Layered into this site are multiple levels of heresies that challenged then shaped Christianity, varied canonical and non-canonical views on multiple aspects of Christian faith and practice, and God's approach of messy vitality to building a written Word.

We at jesustheheresy.com are committed to rediscover the
Jesus of history. A Jesus stripped of dogma, unfettered by preconceptions of the right and the left.

If that's not enough, go further and pursue God's kingdom economy, reconsider the question of eternal damnation, the sometimes kindred and often contentious spirit of Islam and Christianity, and the case to re-boot Christianity.

Jerusalem's Dung Gate - at the entrance to the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Today as well as historically, a symbol of the political, social and economic conflicts facing not just Israelis and Palestinians, but prospects for peace and good will among men and women - all set within this divine experiment around this small globe.

What would Jesus make of it all?

 


Twelve Heresies of Christianity
This is the tale of one dozen advocates of a gospel outside the mainstream of their time – extending from the apostle Matthew to reformation leader Martin Luther and then back to Jesus the Christ. From this assemblage, rediscover their views of a god-man who even today rattles our bones.

Contrasting Accounts of Jesus
Compare the diverse portrayals of Jesus on 24 different topics from the often conflicting perspectives of four gospel writers, the early church leaders James and Paul – plus Thomas and other writers of gospel accounts not contained within the New Testament canon.


Building the Bible
What we know today as the Old and New Testaments did not just happen. Most of us have our own opinions as to what the Bible represents. But do we when or why these books were written, or how this compilation of disparate works was assembled and accepted as the authoritative source for current and future generations?

Kingdom Economy

Hell Re-Considered

Islam & Christianity

Re-Booting Christianity

Where to from Here?
How is our understanding of the historical Jesus to affect how our lives along The Way today -- whether individually or collectively?

Four topics explore the relevance to a 21st century world. We consider the economy of God's kingdom, suggest a reconsideration of how "hell" may be most appropriately viewed, introduce Islam from a Christian perspective, and end with
seven theses integral to re-booting Christianity.

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