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Was Jesus Christ an anarchist criminal?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Actually, to the Jewish and Roman authorities, he was. 1) he performed "miracles," which in his day were considered to be magia (magic, sorcery) and even then that sort of thing, whether done for good or ill, was considered to be antisocial and threatening. 2) he performed miracles on the Sabbath when people weren't supposed to perform Works 3) he was preaching heretical and mystical ideology, which the Jewish authorities, didn't dig, 4) he is depicted as being a leader of a religious cult if not a political cult. Romans didn't like religious cult leaders; they strongly felt that if their gods weren't respected in the appropriate way, calamity would come to the Roman nation, so they had zero tolerance for cults and religious leaders that they thought were antisocial or threats to the status quo. Of note, however, is that the Romans kept meticulous notes about people they thought were threats and what was done with them--much like our own govt in keeping track of "terrorists" etc. Nothing is in the Roman record that corresponds to the Biblical story about Jesus, although plenty of would-be messiahs were executed as political anarchists and threats. This info does not come from modern pedestrian interpretations of the Bible, but from historians of the Biblical era (the turn of the first millennium of the common era).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Anarchy, in and of itself, is impossible. The definition of it is "The absence of any form of political authority." In other words, no leaders. Humans, by nature, look up to other people for guidance and leadership, therefore making a lasting Anarchist society pretty impossible. No matter what happens (nuclear war, alien invasion, zombies, what have you) there will always be a leader. So Jesus was not an anarchist. As for the criminal part, he really didn't do anything wrong. I don't know for sure, I'm an atheist. I would describe Jesus as, in harshest of terms, a cult leader. So, no. Jesus was not an anarchist criminal.

  • 1 decade ago

    He doesn't fit the classical definition of an anarchist. Jesus can best be described as apolitical. He certainly was a criminal in the eyes of the leaders of the Jewish church at that time. The Romans did not view him as a criminal but in order to keep the peace they had to appease the leaders of the Jewish church. Keeping the peace and preventing revolution was the main concern of the Roman Governors.

  • 1 decade ago

    short answer: no, not really. long answer: anarchist can mean opposition to authority, or absence of authority. he passively opposed the roman and israeli authority, and wanted people to guide their lives by their own morality. but he made no effort to overthrow or even subvert the political authority at the time. it is possible he would have been an anarchist had the term been relevant then, but most likely he was apolitical. the issues he was concerned with were religious and social. note that it can also be said of him that he supported theocracy and monarchy, establishing a new church and speaking of a "kingdom" that his father would bring.

    Source(s): the gospels of matthew, mark, luke, and john
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  • 1 decade ago

    While technically he was a criminal - he broke several laws which is why the legalistic leaders were always gunning for him- but calling him 'antichrist' makes no sense. You should get yourself a dictionary before you spout words.

    Actually, scratch that, you could even use wikipedia :

    "The Antichrist, according to Christianity, is one who fulfills Biblical prophecies concerning an adversary of Christ while resembling him in a deceptive manner.[1]"

    How is the Christian Messiah (commonly called 'Christ) and leader of the Christian religion, the adversary to himself? It just makes no sense.

    Criminal? Certainly.

    Antichrist? Come on now.

  • 1 decade ago

    Was he a criminal in his day, yes.

    Is he an anarchist No. However, he was an imperialist !

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    anarchist - no, pretty much no one in israel was. even the most violent people wanted to replace roman rule with the proper israelite leaders

    criminal - no since he didn't break any laws. he was peaceful but he certainly got a lot of people mad.

  • Glen
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Jesus said to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's. Jesus' Kingdom was not of this world.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You know He heard that don't you. Jesus loves you and you say something like that. What is wrong with you. Don't be putting down some one that you don't even know. He is your creator and treat Him as so. And your master and Lord.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    just the opposite, Jesus paid his taxes, and also said: "render to Ceasar what is Ceasar's and to God what is God's"

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