The Central Teaching of Jesus

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The Central Teaching of Jesus After reading the chapter on Luke and knowing what I already know about Jesus and his teachings, pinpointing what I believe to be Jesus’ central teaching was much easier than I imagined. Frankly I was dreading trying to come up with one broad enough statement to encompass all that I thought Jesus tried to teach his followers. Add to this the fact that I am having an extremely hard time staying focused in the belief system that I comfortably grew up in, and it is obvious the kind of torment this paper could cause. I finally managed to sit down and really clear my mind and re-read the chapter in What Can We Know About Jesus and had a sudden realization. Amidst my notes and scribblings in the book, I truly GOT something that I could write about and believe in. (My problem up to this point was finding a topic I could write about and not feel like I was betraying my true thoughts- I found that I could come up with a ton of great ideas that I knew weren’t true to my thoughts at this point.) This is my final realization: Jesus’ main teaching was to seek him out and find him to be true as an individual. I feel that I can explain and believe this because it is one thing that I find true in many divisions of the Christian religion. There is almost no dispute in the fact that Jesus wanted his followers to seek him as the truth. Evidence to my idea of Jesus’ central teaching is partially given in the book of Matthew, “Blessed are the poor in spirit... Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” (Mt 5:3-6) (98). This states that even though an individual may be poor, they are blessed in spirit as long as they hunger for and seek the righteousness that Jesus taught. Also stated was that “The ultimate fate of every member of the human race is said by Matthew to turn on their response to the “little ones” who are Jesus’ messengers and agents to call the nations of the world to repentance and lead them to an understanding of God’s purpose” (104). I take this to mean that Jesus sent people out to teach his word so that all people in all parts of the world could hear his words and decide if they held true. If his messengers could lead

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