Quantcast
Connect with us

Religious scholar Reza Aslan destroys ‘charlatan’ Joel Osteen: Jesus hated wealth

Published

on

Religious scholar Reza Aslan blasted proponents of the so-called “prosperity gospel” last month, claiming the materialistic Christian movement ran directly counter to the teachings of Jesus.

Aslan was speaking at the 2014 Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver about his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

During a question and answer session, the University of California at Riverside professor was asked about the portrayal of Jesus in movies.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I love all fictional presentations of Jesus. I think they are fantastic, whether it is the Last Temptation of Christ or The Passion — both of which are fiction. But — sorry about that, did I break that to you? — but again for me what is fascinating about those is it is just a representation of what I have been talking about all along, which is the incredible malleability of the Christ story, the way that it can become whatever you want it to become.”

Aslan said his favorite representation of Jesus was from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, and then pivoted to the issue of the prosperity gospel.

“The fastest growing Protestant movement in North America is this movement that is referred to as the prosperity gospel,” he said. “This is the gospel preached by people like Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes — and when I say people, I mean charlatans. The argument of the prosperity gospel, if I can put it flippantly, is that Jesus wants you to drive a Bentley. That is basically what the argument is. That what Jesus wants for you is material prosperity, and that if you literally give, you will literally be given tenfold. That’s not a metaphor, as it is in most churches. It is literal. You give me $10 and Jesus will give you $100.”

“This is as profoundly an unscriptural interpretation of Jesus that exists,” Aslan remarked. “I mean, if there is one thing that is just so clear cut and just not open to interpretation at all of any kind when it comes to Jesus’s message, it is his condemnation of wealth.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“And yet, not only does this version of Christianity exist, as I say, it is honestly the fastest growing version of Protestant evangelical Christianity in North America. That’s because Jesus can be whatever you want him to be, and the Christian message can be whatever you want it to be.”

Earlier in his speech, Aslan said that Jesus advocated an “absolute reversal of the social order, in which those on the top and those on the bottom will switch places,” citing Luke 6:20-26.

Watch video below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the full video here.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Activism

White woman caught on video lecturing Hong Kong protesters: ‘Safety is more important than freedom’

Published

on

Video captured in Hong Kong shows a white woman lecturing protesters about why "safety is more important than freedom."

The video clip was posted on Twitter by the Passion Times.

In the video, the woman is confronted by demonstrators as she takes down protest posters.

"Why don't the universities get involved instead of protesting?" she asks. "What a waste of time for everybody. You guys should be enjoying your Sunday."

"Violence breeds violence," she lectures. "Find me one case where violence led to a solution."

The woman goes on to tell the protesters, "You guys value freedom more than safety. I think safety is more important than freedom."

Continue Reading

Activism

Officer won’t face charges after killing black man who didn’t have bicycle light

Published

on

A Wisconsin police officer will not face charges after he chased and killed a black man who did not have a bicycle light.

According to WITI, Police Sgt. Eric Giese of Mount Pleasant will not be charged in the killing of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.

Racine County District Attorney Patricia Hanson said that she determined that Giese actions "fall under the privilege of self-defense."

Dwight Person, West's father, father demanded to see a "thorough investigation done, and also to see Eric Giese locked up."

Continue Reading
 

Activism

‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike

Published

on

A 3-year-old girl was caught on video leading a chant of "better wages, more toys" at a the General Motors strike in Ohio.

Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.

WATCH: 3 year old girl leads chant of "Better Wages, More Toys" #gmstrike pic.twitter.com/JRmG7er6Ry

— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) September 18, 2019

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Investigate and Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image