With the elections coming up in just a few weeks, John Fugalsang’s popular socio-political meme about the “Radical Revolutionary Jesus” is making the rounds and is a perfect example of man creating God in his own image.
Fugalsang asserts that Jesus was never…
• mentioned abortion or birth control
• justified torture
• fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest
• asked a leper for a co-pay.
Some of these are anachronisms, Modern day tax cuts and co-pays did not exist in the 1st Century A.D. Fugalsang asserts that Jesus agrees with him based on what Jesus never said. People do that a lot. We need to learn from Fugalsang the dangers of reading our own views into the scripture.
Previously we noticed that what Jesus never said about the death penalty, Fugalsang interprets as Jesus being against it. Now he wants us to believe that what Jesus never said means Jesus was for it.
John opens his gospel writing about Jesus:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3 ASV).
Jesus is God and all things, including the Old Covenant Law, was made by him. Jesus said of the Old Testament word of God
• “The Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).
• Jesus called Old Testament Scripture “the commandment of God” (Matthew 15:3).
• Jesus called scripture the “Word of God” (Mark 7:13).
• Jesus said it was still in effect during his ministry: “Until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law, until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18).
• When challenged, Jesus consistently referred folk back to the Old Testament, saying things like “Have you not read that which was spoken to you by God?” (Matthew 22:31).
• Jesus quoted from it often and he trusted it totally.
While Jesus was often at odds over the man-made rules that folk had created, the actual law from God, Jesus affirmed. As the Word (John 1) Jesus co-authored it. As the Son of Man, Jesus lived under it in perfection.
“Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).
For Jesus to go against the law – a law He Himself as part of the Godhead wrote – would be to reduce Jesus to the least in the Kingdom. On those matters which Jesus did not discuss, if the Covenant law said anything about them, Jesus’ position was the Covenant’s position.
As the Word, Jesus had already rendered judgment on homosexuality in the old Covenant and his views on abortion can be inferred from the Law and the prophets. Anyone claiming Jesus was pro-practicing homosex and abortion has the burden of proof.
While folk prefer to put the elephant in the other guy’s lap, logicians tell us “The burden of proof always lies on the affirming party or the party introducing the condition.” It’s up to Fugalsang to prove his propositions regarding Jesus. What Jesus never said is not proof.