Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jesus of Nazareth - encyclopedia style

I have taken a quick look at the encyclopedia articles about "Jesus of Nazareth / Jesus Christ". I hope you find it as funny as I do.

If I was to write about Jesus of Nazareth I would start my writing something like this:

Jesus of Nazareth is a fictional character in the anthology called "The Bible" or "The Holy Bible" (same shit). He first appeared in the letters from Paul which is in the newest part of the anthology called the New Testament where he becomes the main character.

I just love the article about Jesus of Nazareth in Wikipedia. From the top it writs:

Jesus of Nazareth (7–2 BC/BCE to 26–36 AD/CE), also known as Jesus Christ, is the central figure of Christianity and is revered by most Christians as the incarnation of God. Muslims consider Jesus a prophet, and several other religions also consider him an important figure.

The name "Jesus" is an Anglicization of the Greek Ίησους (Iēsous), itself a Hellenization of the Hebrew יהושע (Yehoshua) or Hebrew-Aramaic ישוע (Yeshua), meaning "YHWH rescues". "Christ" is a title derived from the Greek Χριστός (Christós), meaning the "Anointed One," which corresponds to the Hebrew-derived "Messiah".

Jesus of Nazareth

I understand why Christians don't like Wikipedia and have made their own Conservapedia. In Conservapedia the article about Jesus Christ starts like this:

Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and prophesied Messiah who, at the appropriate time, was sent by his Father and became a man to be the satisfaction for the anger of God toward us because of our sin, and to reveal to us the nature of God through his human person (1 John 4:10; 2 Corinthians 5:19).

Jesus' major goal is to reveal his Father to those who will repent and trust in him as their only way of salvation from his Father's anger at them for their sin.

You may also read the Jesus Christ article in Iron Chariots.

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