Discussing
Awkward Questions About Jesus

Jerod Clark

CircularReason
May 22, 2009

I absolutely love it. Really funny. the expressions, the questions... very funny. Of, course, from the look of the show (outnumbered) it seems as if they made this to be a piece against Jesus, to show something like 'christianity is so foolish even a child can see it'. Which, by some people's representation of it, I can understand. I find the whole thing hilarious. That being said, It seems like a lot of the questions incorporated a misunderstanding about Jesus death, a misunderstanding which goes something like this - Jesus was killed by the Romans, and God was the one who handed him over to them to be killed. The problem with the question, why didn't Jesus kill Herod, or why didn't Jesus just kill the Romans, is that it assumes that Jesus didn't want them to kill him. Which would argue, he did. that's why he came. If you go back and read the gospels carefully, you will see that Jesus is constantly walking this fine line of ticking people off, and narrowly escaping death. Not because he doesn't want to die, but precisely because he does want to die, at a certain place, at a certain time, for a certain purpose, and any death prior to that death would be a complete failure. Jesus died because, as they say in Narnia, He knew of a deeper magic than all the rest, and it was it was his quest, his destiny, to bring about that deeper magic, in order to rescue mankind from themselves. Herod and the Romans and many others, were instrumental in bringing about that death... to preserve his own life by killing anyone who was trying to kill him, is therefore, contrary to Jesus' whole mission.

Cari
May 22, 2009

funny. kids are SO hilarious. the things that they come up with. <br><br>i think that i would spend less time tiptoeing around and just answer the kid's questions as simply as possible, or better yet, as THEM why they think it is. yep. i think that's what i would do.

John
May 22, 2009

Children are easy, you can show them in the bible where and what you are talking about. It's the adults that don't believe or don't want to believe because it restricts what they want to do. The first statement is usually man wrote the bible therefore how can it be the word of God? Children accept on the most part what you say if you can show them in the scriptures what you are talking about. Jonah is one to use and you can show them on the world map where Ninevah is, or where other countries are.

sam30
May 22, 2009

I thought the video was pretty funny.<br>Kids do have the craziest views sometimes, but I love the honesty and unfiltered inquisitive nature they bring.<br>Let's face it, adults still have similar thoughts, they're just couched in more rhetoric and self-justification (with a few flashy academic terms for boot).

Sharonblcl
May 23, 2009

Hello all<br><br> This is too funnyand too cute the way children think is amazing i think that we can tell the story over and over again to them but they will draw they own conclusion about why and what they think that happen and the why not so the only thing we can do is answer the queation to the best of our abilities,and let our god/lord and savior jesus christ do the rest amen. i really enjoy this as our children are the center of our world.

SiarlysJenkins
May 23, 2009

Cari doesn't say HOW she would just answer the kids questions as simply as possible. Maybe the answers they have been getting already are too simple to begin with. Jesus tends to be presented in Sunday School as a kind of fairy tale. To answer this properly requires sorting out the competing Athanasian, Sabellian, Arian, and Pelagian philosophies, among others. (Every time I look one up, I find five more that each one was developed in answer to.) Jesus as God could have done any of the things the child suggests. Jesus as man either could not, or would not -- it wouldn't have been a fully human experience if he did. Anne Rice would have a very hard time answering these questions, since her vampire/Jesus novel has Jesus performing the kind of crude miracles which appear in the Apocrypha: bullies who try to punch the boy Jesus dropping dead, etc.<br><br>As CircularReason points out, Jesus came to die, and he came to live a human life up to the point that he died. Therefore, he couldn't come surrounded with glory and commanding angels to slay his enemies. On the other hand, if you show a child what it says in the Bible, only the Gospel of Matthew recounts the story of King Herod. Mark doesn't go that far back. Luke doesn't mention Herod, and far from saying the parents took baby Jesus to Egypt, recounts that they presented him at the Temple in Jerusalem, then took him straight home to Nazareth. John isn't on that page at all, skipping from in the beginning was the Word, to the Word was made flesh, to the preaching of John the Baptist, when John and Jesus were both adults. So maybe we shouldn't worry too much about King Herod, and focus on the Word made flesh.

SteveMatheson
May 24, 2009

The indignation at the prospect of Jesus "zapping" polar bears...HILARIOUS. As for the rest of the questions...I have some of those myself...

Ayuk Federick
May 25, 2009

it is sometime discourage to work with children they do not even know how to appreciate or even say i understand you .<br> but for his love one has the love for the children.<br> They need much patience to whosoever is leading them else he or she will be discouraged.

Jimmme
May 29, 2009

Cute. But it's sad we still have the Christian in authority looking incompetent and as though he couldn't handle questions that are easily answered--though hard to understand or accept.

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