Were Jesus and his disciples radical, liberal, moderate or conservative?


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Most Jewish religious leaders- who opposed Jesus- seem to have viewed Jesus and his disciples as a radical sect, and a perceived threat to their authority.

However, Jesus followed the Law, and did so, perfectly.

> Significant numbers of people urged Jesus to take radical steps, to seize political power, while it was favorable. But Jesus displayed no interest in doing so.

> Jesus was certainly liberal in his affection for people, his devotion of personal time, energy and resources to others. But he did not align himself with a political party.

> 'Conservative', is not a term that well describes Jesus, who was modest, but generous, and critical of responsible leaders who ignored the needs of the common person. Jesus also warned against paying lip service to spiritual responsibilities.

> Jesus was not a 'moderate', but 'moderate'- or 'moderation'- is term that suits him. Jesus was certainly passionate about the truth and his heavenly Father, but 'passion' does not describe Jesus, either, since "mildness", "patience" and "self-control" accompanied Jesus' perfect qualities of "love, joy, peace...kindness, goodness" and "faith".- Galatians 5:22
Jesus was certainly 'moderate' in habit, but did not sit in the seats of 'moderates'.

> > It may be popular to define Jesus as 'radical', 'conservative', even 'fundamentalist'. But Jesus was actually balanced- perfectly so.

He was calm and reasonable. He displayed patience and endurance, along with respect for authority. He refused to engage in politics, and expressed intense anger at the sight of commercialism, conducted in the midst of spiritual activity.

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

No. Jesus and his disciples were loyal and neutral. Instead of participating in the politics of his day, Jesus focused on preaching about God’s Kingdom, the future heavenly government of which he was the prospective King. (Daniel 7:13, 14; Luke 4:43; 17:20, 21) Thus, when before Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, Jesus could say: “My kingdom is no part of this world.” (John 18:36) His faithful followers imitate his example by giving their loyalty to Christ and his Kingdom and by announcing that Kingdom to the world. (Matthew 24:14) “We are therefore ambassadors substituting for Christ,” wrote the apostle Paul. “As substitutes for Christ we beg: ‘Become reconciled to God.’”—2 Corinthians 5:20.

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