Not so long ago I asked my readers what they thought about Jesus and received some interesting answers. I'm fascinated by this first century prophet, but even more so by the hold he has on our country as a whole. Even non-Christians are quick to acknowledge his impact. But it is obvious that opinions about the man and his teachings are wide and varied. The large number of religious traditions supposedly based on his teachings - all perhaps unfairly lumped together under the banner of Christianity - gives testimony to the fact that Jesus is widely misunderstood.
My Groper Poll question for this week:
What was the biggest influence in forming your mental image of Jesus?
a) reading/studying the canonical gospels
b) Hollywood movies about Jesus
c) reading a book(s) about his life
d) hearing about him from Bible preachers and teachers
e) from information your parents passed to you
I will go first and state that I first heard about Jesus from my parents and the leaders of my church, and I watched the popular Jesus movies that crop up on television every Easter season. But I have to say that when I got old enough to want to clear up the confusion in my own mind, I went straight to the Biblical gospels. Those studies built the framework of what I now hold to be true about Jesus.