Sheldon wrote:Which is more Christ Like?
I'm so glad you brought this up. I was thinking about this talk by DFU, myself. And, I think it's a very interesting case study. Because to you and me, DFU's words are more christ-like. That's because what he said fits our perception the way Jesus was. But to JRH, he might think HE is being christ-like. The thing about trying to lean on what God or Jesus would do is really just a projection of what we would do, and because it's what we would do, and we think we are right, and God/Jesus are right, then they agree with us, so that's what God wants. ("God wills it", from the movie "Kingdom of Heaven").
You see, Jesus was portrayed as both merciful and judgmental. Anti-mormons I've talked to, and I mean the kind that think we are going to Hell, not the kind that are stating facts, often lean on Jesus' invective against the Pharisees as rational for why they can call out the faith of others.
And just to boil it down to two competing and conflicting statements, both attributed to Jesus, we can see that it's possible to find whichever type of christ-like-ness that we think is right.
In Luke 9, we have this passage:
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
Yet, that loving, accepting, big-tent, Jesus is contrasted by these words of Jesus, just two chapters later, in Luke 11:
He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.