We often hear about “The Golden Rule” of Jesus, but have you heard of The Platinum Rule? The Golden Rule says “we should do unto others as we would want done unto us.” But some scholars are wondering if that was authentic. They question the accuracy of this verse on multiple merits, but even just logical thinkers can see the moral limitations in the golden version of the rule, and are questioning whether an even higher standard was actually set?
Category: Social Justice
As Jesism has become more widespread, we’re getting more questions about our “official” stance on certain issues. One is about LGBTQ issues, since the more traditional Jesus people tend to be so conflicted on the issue. So we wanted to address that question here today.
Our view is that there is no issue as far as we are concerned. We believe that everyone can be who they want to be when it comes to their gender and sexual identity. And we believe that other people really don’t need to have an opinion about others gender or sexual identities.
If the Bible says anything about sexuality and gender, such as in Leviticus, we believe that it is only the opinion of the writers based on the culture of their day. Jesus was never recorded as having spoke about it, so it must not have been a big thing to him. If someone has pressing concerns with another persons gender or sexual identity, we believe that it means they could benefit from growing deeper in their spirituality, theology, and world view.
Wondering why another label and “ism”? See the Answer to Question #4 here…
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In a post by Episcopal Priest, David R. Henson on Patheos, he points out that Jesus wasn’t really a “radical.” At least not as we tend to understand the word in today’s culture. He makes the insightful case that Jesus was actually quite level headed, and perhaps it’s us who are radicals if we aren’t doing as Jesus did. In the post David says the following:
Jesus was non-violent. So was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And so was Mahatma Gandhi. But some people tend to misrepresent what it means to be “peaceful” when fighting for a cause. And sometimes those who claim to be followers of Jesus are leading that charge. Let me expound.