Jesus said a lot of stuff about the Kingdom of God. Do Christian religious institutions support and emulate what he said and did? A quick(ish) survey of Jesus Gospel statements from the book of Mark (Young’s literal translation) compared to what this presby-metho-angli-costal hears in church and reads.
|2:5||Jesus forgives sins unconditionally (not even repentance required)||fail||We generally have a human judicial view of forgiveness|
|3:35||Jesus family are those who do Father’s will||fail||Our local family are those that trust and obey the pastor and have signed the membership agreement.|
|4:14-23||our fruit is to hear the word of God have it grow and manifest a harvest of the word of God||fail||our fruit is get new converts and bring them to our church|
|4:24-25||our role in the above process is to carefully discern (“measure”) what words are from God in what we hear and if we do otherwise we lose the word of God (we get detuned to it presumably)||fail||we are to trust what our hierarchy tells us and if we don’t like it we can go to a different institution with a different set of things to tell us|
|7:5-13||you worship God in vain if you put aside the the command of God for the tradition of men||fail||we are structured according to the traditions of men, we are taught the traditions of men: word of faith, open heaven, covering, tithing, hierarchical control – single pastors|
|7:14-23||evil comes from within the heart of man||fail||evil comes from the devil|
|8:34-38||to follow Jesus is to
in order to obtain Jesus’ life
|fail||to follow Jesus is to attend church, give to the church and receive material blessing|
|9:35||to be first in the body is to be servant to all||fail||to be first in the body is to be the top of a hierarchy that does not question you|
|10:1-2||divorce and remarriage is adultery||fail||I never heard this discussed from the pulpit|
|10:13-16||you can’t accept the reign of Father God except unless you become as a little child||fail||we don’t encourage the father/son relationship with God in my experience|
|10:17-18||no man is good but God||poor||I think we know this theologically but lack of humility in the hierarchies suggests we don’t really get it – but then hierarchies are like that|
|10:19-27||it is near impossible to be saved if you trust in riches||fair||the bretheren are told not to trust in riches but the institutions (CCC anyway) talk about giving more than anything else in my experience – the institutions need to be constantly saved by riches|
|10:28-31||when you give up your life you gain all things plus persecution plus eternal life||poor||the message is more that you give to get a prosperous life|
|10:35-45||Jesus does not grant positions in the kingdom of God. Leaders are not to rule or exercise authority but to be servants.||fail||church structure is all about positional authority and even revelation is from the “higher annointing”|
|11:17||My Father’s house is a house of prayer for the nations but you have made it a den of robbers||fail||Steve Munsey, Benny Hinn, CCC’s annual money for miracles offering – I rest my case|
|11:21-24||if you have God’s faith ask what you will and if you have faith that you have received it you will receive it (“believe” is the verb form of “faith”)||poor||you can decide what God will do if you believe strongly enough|
|11:25-26||forgive or you will not be forgiven||poor||we are pretty keen to judge others, homosexuals, non-tithers, people who are late to church, “dead” churches etc|
|16:15||as you go into the world spread the good news to all creation||fair||we understand about preaching to people but not to the rest of creation – it is also used as a guilt stick sometimes to tell us we are all supposed to be missionaries|
|16:16||faith leading to immersion in Jesus leads to salvation otherwise you remain as you are – not in Jesus and so without life and therefore dying||fair||we get the salvation by faith bit but tend to see hell as judgement for sin and like to get on the bandwagon and judge people too|
|16:17||signs to accompany believers (as a group): new tongues, demon casting, snake lifting, poison swilling, and healing||good||not that an individual must do these to prove you are a beleiver|
Warning: results may vary
My recent background is CCC (15 years or so), before that Anglican (4 years maybe) and before that Methodist/Presbyterian (forever) so I may not have your current viewpoint.
The sysnopses are my understanding of Jesus words and deeds. The comments refer to what I have been taught in church and what I have read my hierarchy and their peers say. You may have read Jesus differently. You may have been taught differently. Also I have omitted verses I don’t understand (the self-mutilation verses) or those that don’t pertain to the kingdom (so much). I left out Mark 13 (end time prophecies) because the topic is too big.
When I started this survey I really thought we would do better than this. I was thinking we would have a few clangers especially the structure of the church because that came from Rome but I thought we would mostly get it right. Not so much.