Liberal Christians

"Jesus is a Liberal" welcomes Liberal Christians of all Denominations!

No matter your Christian denomination, Jesus Is A Liberal welcomes all Liberal Christians.  So
what does the term "liberal Christian" mean?  Liberal Christian is an umbrella term for any liberal
member of the many Protestant denominations, or churches within denominations, who view the
Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context
through critical analysis, and with a focus on Jesus' statements on peace, justice, fairness,
compassion and love.   

We liberal Christians come from believe a vast array of denominations - including Anglican,
Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ - and yes, even Baptist.
As such, while we are liberal Christians, we do not all believe the same exact things.  For
example, beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God's incarnation.  
Most believe that the Bible's account is primarily symbolic, that God created the scientific laws
and the very fundamental processes of the universe and of all life (e.g. Evolution), which are
continually being revealed by modern science.  We believe in God, faith, science and evolution.

Most of us do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve or that Satan
actually exists. But, we do believe that God is good and made people inherently good - and in that
vein, we believe in free will and recognize our imperfect nature, which leads some people to chose
immoral, illegal and even evil behavior.  While we may disagree with individuals' choices regarding
abortion, homosexuality and so forth, we are tolerant of other's choices and personal life decisions.
 Moreover, we support and accept the modern rule of law, social contract, and system of
democratic government, and yet are also guided by our liberal Christian moral values in our daily
lives and personal choices.

As liberal Christians, we hold as sacred the core and unchanging teachings of Christ - as
portrayed in His Sermon on the Mount - as the primary, central, true, sufficient and compelling
basis of all right understanding and right conduct for liberal Christians.  This means that what is
most important is how we show our faith and conduct our lives here and now on earth.  Many of us
believe that our salvation lies in doing good works and no harm to others, regardless of faith

We affirm a liberal, compassionate, forgiving, just and loving Jesus.
Biblical Quotes Supporting the Belief that Jesus Is A Liberal

Peacemaking, not War Making: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9]  
Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]  I say unto
you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully
use you, and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44]

The Death Penalty: Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21]

Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7]  Do not judge,
lest you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]   

Justice: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  [Matthew 5:6] Blessed are
the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy [Matthew 5:7]  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.  [Matthew 6:15]

Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth: In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and
other sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep
and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on
your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.]  
Truly, I say unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both
God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]

Paying Taxes & Separation of Church & State: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God
the things that are God's.  [Matthew 22:21]  

Community:  Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39]  So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you.[Matthew 7:12.]  If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in
heaven. [Matthew 19:21]  

Equality & Social Programs: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be
blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]  

Public Prayer & Displays of Faith: And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray
standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They
have their reward.  But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father
which is in secret… [Matthew 6:6 & 7]

Strict Enforcement of Religious Laws: If any of you has a son or a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not
take hold of it and lift it out?  [Matthew 12:11] The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. [Mark 2:27.]

Individuality & Personal Spiritual Experience: Ye are the light of the world. [Matthew 5:14]

                            Follow the Truth.....wherever it leads you!
              Why is Jesus a Liberal?

Webster's dictionary defines a Liberal as one who is open minded,
not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or established
forms or ways.  Jesus was a pluralist Liberal who taught that one
need not conform to strict and orthodox views of God, religion, and
life.  He rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power, the
amassing of wealth without social balance, and the personal
judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs.

Over and over again, He taught us to believe in and live a spiritual
and ethical life based in our essential, inherent goodness.  What
Jesus promoted was succinct set of spiritual principals and a way
of life based upon the of love, compassion, tolerance, and a strong
belief in the importance in giving and of generosity to those in need.
 

While not Biblical scholars, our common sense understanding of
His lessons as philosophically and politically Liberal is founded
upon Jesus' own words (see quotes below), modern interpretations
of Liberation Theology, and in the positive, loving and
compassionate application of His teachings - from the many early
Saints to Mother Theresa and Liberation Theology.

Certainly, Jesus brought a radically Liberal theology to the
Orthodox believers of his time. Jesus IS a Liberal even today
because now more than ever, His principals align with the very core
of Liberal Beliefs.
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