The Gospel According to Christ: The Message of Jesus and How We Missed It

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Christianity is in crisis. We live in a time when millions of people profoundly misunderstand the message of the Gospel. They believe that being a Christian means little more than being a nice person. They view Jesus as a wise moral teacher who showed us how to live better lives, and they conclude that the love of humanity is our greatest cause and its progress our primary purpose. Whatever else may be said of this view of Christianity, it is certainly not what Jesus taught. It is an attempt to replace the ...

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Overview

Christianity is in crisis. We live in a time when millions of people profoundly misunderstand the message of the Gospel. They believe that being a Christian means little more than being a nice person. They view Jesus as a wise moral teacher who showed us how to live better lives, and they conclude that the love of humanity is our greatest cause and its progress our primary purpose. Whatever else may be said of this view of Christianity, it is certainly not what Jesus taught. It is an attempt to replace the concepts of sin, redemption, and salvation with the more socially acceptable virtues of tolerance, compassion, and social progress. It elevates humanity and the world above God and his kingdom and reduces Jesus to a mere moral philosopher. But who did Jesus say he was? What was the essential message of Christ? The Gospel According to Christ answers those questions by examining the words of Jesus, in their context and in their entirety. The answers will be shocking to many Christians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610976879
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Stelter is a professor at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. He earned his doctor of jurisprudence at the University of Michigan and his masters in theology at Liberty Baptist Theological University, and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Christian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Christianity in Crisis 1

2 The Rise of Secular Christianity 6

3 The Key to Christianity: The Words of Christ 26

4 Understanding the Words of Christ 41

5 Who Will Enter the Kingdom 56

6 What the Kingdom Is Like and When It Is Coming 73

7 Parables on Compassion and Salvation 84

8 The Statements of Christ 106

9 The Kingdom of God Is Near 111

10 I Am the Way...Follow Me! 122

11 Nothing but the Kingdom Matters 134

12 The Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes 146

13 The Sermon on the Mount: Teachings on Ethics, Morality, and The Law 155

14 The Rich Young Ruler 173

15 The Prayers of Christ 181

16 The Miracles of Christ 197

17 The Temptation of Christ and The Temptation of Man 212

18 The Way, The Truth, and The Life 221

Bibliography 225

Scripture Index 231

Subject/Name Index 236

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    This book is one-sided and closes the door on any and all non-Ch

    This book is one-sided and closes the door on any and all non-Christian related opinion. I would argue that while Jesus may have existed, he certainly was not the first to perform miracles and claim divinity (at least, if anyone ever did). If you're a red-state conservative/republican, then you will LOVE this book. If you have a brain, or any questions pertaining to the falsity of theological debris, then you will STILL love this book. I loved it; I'm only giving it one star (less if I could), is because it closes it's door on any opposition, and the book being an extension of the writer himself, he is probably not willing to entertain opposition as well (lawyer or not). Tread carefully when reading, and remember that Christianity as well as any other organized religion is mostly a matter of opinion. If you're faithful, keep up the hard work, but stop trying to sway those who are content being good; Christ didn't send Gandhi to hell. And just because I don't agree with Jesus or go to church, it is not absolute metaphysical certitude that I am going to burn in a lake of fire for all eternity. Just understand that his book it NOT the only way, the only truth, or the only life.

    Finally, I will commend the author for taking a proliferate standpoint in a topic that is irrevocably scrutinized from those within and those outside. Cheers.

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