May 1, 2019
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He is a good man…or no?

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There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning [Jesus]; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.”

John 7:12 NASB

It is always interesting to see how people reacted to Jesus and what their opinions were. Even with Jesus himself, a crowd of people could look at him, listen to him, and still come to two completely different opinions about him.

“How has this man become learned, having never been educated?”

John 7:14 NASB

That which comes by revelation is often valued less by the world than that which comes from the teachings of mortal men and their institutions.

“You have a demon!”

John 7:19 NASB

A modern version I hear of this rather pathetic non-argument is “You’re a racist!” or “You’re a Nazi!”

If Jesus was such a controversial figure, then how can anyone else ever not be controversial? Perhaps by simply being quiet, drawing no attention to oneself, and never making a stand for anything at all.

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 

2 Timothy 3:12 NASB
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Controversial implies contrary to orthodoxy–the mainstream, the norm, the status quo–which may or may not represent truth.

When a claim counters the status quo, some seek to evaluate it in the hope of acquire further knowledge or understanding and correcting false notions. However, many are prone to ignore or dismiss the unpopular, perhaps assuming their paradigm is correct and that no alternative could possibly be true.

Those who dismiss alternative paradigms might manifest their pride through rationalization, judgmentalism, and/or ad hominem.

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Matthew 10: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth… Read more »