Was Jesus a Political Revolutionary?

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Was Jesus a political revolutionary? This question has been asked by priests and scholars alike, throughout time. There is a lot of evidence within the Bible that may prove the idea of Jesus being a revolutionary. He goes about being a revolutionary very strangely, but I believe that he was one.

Let us start by stripping Jesus of any God-like powers and the miracles that he worked. Let's look at Jesus the man. He was born in a town named Bethlehem while his parents, Mary and Joseph, were on their way to their hometown to report for the census. This we know, but after his birth we don't really hear about him for a while. Nobody really knows what he did during this period. Obviously he grew up and became one of the most influential men in history.

The mood at this period in history was tense. Profits have been predicting the coming of the 'Messiah' for years.

We first encounter Jesus as an adult when he meets up with his cousin, John the Baptist. 'In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.' This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke.' (Matt 3:1-3) Everyone was waiting for something great to happen, for the Messiah. Then came Jesus.

He went about working miracles, '...a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke.' (Matt 9:32-33) He fed thousands (Mark 6:35-44), made the dead rise (John 11:1-57), and forgave the ones who were labeled sinners (John 8:3-7). For a revolutionary he was a pretty nice guy.

Now, if you do not believe in Jesus, you could say that he...