So far, this is a summary of some of your thoughts on the original question.
Agreed. In fact, so far, I feel like this is probably the biggest one. If, for instance, we only read the sermon on the mount, we would probably come away feeling under a fair bit of pressure!
Yes. And surely this would be a good thing.
This I initially agreed with, but now I’m not so sure. Jesus was absolutely revolutionary in his treatment of women, his inclusion of them, etc etc. I wonder if we were truly “following Jesus” based on the gospels, whether that might change with us as well.
Hmmm. Yes, I think that might be true as well. I reckon we’d still see it in action, though, for example, the thief on the cross, the woman who washes Jesus feet with her hair, who’s told your faith has saved you, even the woman caught in adultery is shown grace despite not appearing to have any faith, etc etc.
Thankyou for the responses.