The thing about Jesus that I always find striking is if you just read the Gospels, it not a bad story. Spiritual mystic guy heals the sick, preaches a message that empowers the poor and forgotten, and then gets killed because he undermines the 1%’s authority and power. It’s just that within 300 years of his death the Church became the same pharisee-Esque assholes that Jesus challenged.
That’s exactly right. I wish churches would take more of an interest in encouraging people to be like Jesus. Instead, what tends to happen is that church-goers are more interested in their own self-righteous respectability to give a flip about helping the poor (unless they are being publicly recognized that is.
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