One of the more appalling aspects of Christianity in the past half century is the growth of viewing Jesus as some sort of insipid forgiveness machine, a pal Jesus who will ever give us a thumbs up, no matter how wretched our behavior. The Gospels give us a very different portrait of Jesus. The above reading is typical: a Jesus who expects much of us and who will punish those of us who fail to match His expectations. In many ways the above is a terrifying passage because it is so at odds as to common perceptions of Jesus. The prime mission of the Church is to convey the Truth of Christ, and if popular perceptions of the Second Person is any guide, the Church is failing appallingly, currently, at that task.
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