If Jesus wrote a self-help book (Quora Question)

If Jesus wrote a self-help book, what would it be like?

Darlene Bocek· Author, The Last Noel

23 Jan 2021

Let’s look at his parables and find what conclusion can be found.

  1. He uses nature as a major element, meaning that the rules that are part of the natural world are, when analyzed correctly, symbolic of spiritual truths. Day or night. Living or dead. Fruitful or not.
  2. He uses human relationships (bosses, employees, neighbors, enemies) to show that human interactions are binary: good or bad. These can also be instructive as to we are good or not, right or wrong, kind or mean, selfish or self-sacrificing, God-loving, or self-seeking.
  3. He gives ultimatums. All or nothing. Either this or that. Either you love or you don’t. Either you’re on a rock or sand. Either you sell it all and buy or you can’t purchase. either you are salty or flavorless. All light or all darkness.
  4. He is also very clear about his own unique position: I am the shepherd…I am the light of the world…I am the way, the truth, the life… I am the door…before Abraham was, I am.

In consideration of these four details, his self help book would have this thesis:

Whenever you realize you are stuck and cannot go any further, whenever you realize you cannot be the good man or woman you know you should be, fall onto your knees, look up at the Cross, and from that angle you will see the door to escape your trap. “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.” (source)

 

Outliers

We have all been hit by OUTLIERS.  In school, when the teacher grades on a curve, outliers are the death of our grade. Everyone bombs a test, but because one kid gets a 90 it knocks down everyone else's grade. The phenomenon of OUTLIERS is an important topic to...

Are You in God’s Trilogy?

Ratio Christi posted an article recently by Sean McDowell showing how our LOVE of story is evidence of God: OUR STORYTELLING NATURE PROVIDES EVIDENCE FOR GOD I came across this on Twitter just after reading this interesting post, from a completely different sector....

Protected: CYOA

Password Protected

To view this protected post, enter the password below:

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted in a World God Made

“Why did God make Satan?” Recently, a young Turkish mother posed this question to my husband, the pastor of The Protestant Church of Smyrna. She pointed out that Chaos was in the waters of Genesis 1, and asked, “ Where did that Chaos come from?”  These are...

3D Mona Lisa

I learned today, in this article and some other related research, that a second Mona Lisa painting is suspected of being another side of a 3D experience. If anyone could pull this off, it would be Leonardo DaVinci. I focused my eyes between these two pictures and was...

Where Is God as the World Rages?

Exodus 3:9 is a strange verse. Where was God, those 400 years that “finally” he heard, finally he saw? Was he busy on the other end of the universe—perhaps evidence that we are not alone, not so very special? Evidence that God needed 400 years to take care of some...

Christian, Decide (Invitation only Serial Novel)

UPDATE: Jan 19, 2021: The first novel, spec mystery: You Shouldn't Have Come, is up and running. We still have some spots left, if you'd like to join... After an unexpected second death, we're moving into some strange twists.... CLICK HERE TO GET INVOLVED Write a...

Download Your Plate of Cookies Today

Thank you to all the WonderLit Authors and Readers who participated in this 2020 Christmas Cookie Recipe exchange. Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men! Note: No calories or carbs in reading this book. --Darlene Bocek

❣️ JOIN OUR CLUB

❣️ JOIN OUR CLUB

 

We want you with us!

 

Our club is a place for amazing Christian young people to read, find out about, and discuss all sorts of excellent sci-fi, fantasy, and mind-bending stories and to grow into better people because of what we've read and how we've interacted

 

We love because he first loved us.

Welcome to the Club! Glad to have you among us.