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The Scandal of Christianity

The message of today's video is a scandalous one for many of our times. According to modern thinking, a "God" that is acceptable is one that doesn't interfere with our affairs. God is "allowed" to work perhaps as a far away creator, or in the world of thoughts and ideas, or even as a source of morals and right living. The belief, however, that He became one of us, that He lived as we do, that He suffered as we do, is unacceptable.

Church of the Nativity Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity Bethlehem


LOS ANGELES, CA. (Catholic Online) - That, I think, is the beauty of this video and the greatest "scandal" of Christianity. Christ, the God of the universe, became small for us so that we might not be afraid of him and learn rather to trust in his love. He was a baby once; he grew up in a small town; he had a mom and a dad, friends and neighbors. "He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. (Gaudium et Spes 22)".

And still today, Christ continues to become small for us. He understands what human life is all about, he knows all to well the ups and downs that day-to-day existence can offer us. Nothing, absolutely nothing, which is authentically human is foreign to him.

For this reason, we shouldn't be surprised to see the people in the video that believe in God and believe too in a young Jewish man called Jesus that grew up in their hometown and was like them in many ways. They know that somehow, the two are one and the same, fully man and fully God. This is their faith and this is their joy. This Christmas, we are invited to discover the same. 

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  1. abey
    1 year ago

    It is more easy for the poor to equate with Christ, for Jesus himself was born poor.but of a royal Lineage even unto the most High, quiet contrary to today's Royalty like the Queen of England.

  2. K. Amelia
    1 year ago

    perhaps some of the individuals being filmed were Jewish. I think that you are missing the point of this film. It is true that honor killings are a Muslim tradition, but even in the historical records it shows that Jewish law dictated Mary should have been stoned to death, even in the gospel it talks of her possible peril.

    All I am saying is that for the amount of time the video aired, I think it showed the American audience some good points. First it showed the walls and divisions that exist today in the holy land of Israel, especially depicted was the city of Jesus' birth. Secondly it showed that there are similarities between people and cultures even though we are in different lands and possibly different faiths (unemployment, thoughts of what they think Jesus' purpose was/is, women's suffering/rights, terrorism, fear of war).

    As an American who has not traveled to this land and someone who teaches high school age students CCD, I think that this video was eye opening and could be used to help educate our faith's youth.

    Peace be with you.

  3. MaryAnn
    1 year ago

    These people know OF Jesus, as do Athiests, Buddhists, and Jews, but they do not believe He was the son of God. They do NOT know 'somehow' that He was two in one, fully man and fully God. That is a presumption to you pressing us to believe.

    You've done some fancy editing to make it look like Muslims believe as us -but they do not. 'This is their faith and this is their joy'? No. Islam is their faith and Muhammed is their joy. Just because they know the story of Jesus, doesn't mean they are Christians.
    Not one of them said they were Christian yet you are presenting this video as though they are. I don't appreciate being lied to.

    I am very disappointed to see this twisting of the truth presented on Catholic Online.

    Also - the discussion of honour killings was sick. In one part he says 'they think Palestinians are all terrorists' , presuming they are not. Next think they're talking about how a pregnant unmarried woman would be killed or thrown out like trash. I suppose you want us to assume they are talking about the past, but anyone who's read the news this year knows that honour killings are NOT in the past. They are a very real form of judgemental slaughter that goes on to this day. That IS terrorism.
    Way to promote it and tie it in with Jesus and Christmas! What are you THINKING?

  4. Luis Delgado
    1 year ago

    Great, best regards Garrett!!!

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