What Is Jesus Like?

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2016

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Those with an incomplete or tainted vision of God either want to use him or dismiss him. – Skye Jethani (Author, speaker, consultant, and ordained pastor)

Key Bible Verse: Then [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 16:13-17

Every semester Scot McKnight, professor of religious studies at North Park University in Chicago, gives his students a test on the first day of his class. The test begins with a series of questions about what the students think Jesus is like. Is he moody? Does he get nervous? Is he the life of the party or an introvert? The 24 questions are then followed by a second set-with slightly altered language- in which the students answer questions about their own personalities.

McKnight is not the only one who has administered this exam; it has been field tested by other professionals as well. But the results are remarkably consistent-everyone thinks Jesus is just like them. McKnight added, “The test results also suggest that, even though we like to think we are becoming more like Jesus, the reverse is probably more the case: we try to make Jesus like ourselves.” McKnight’s personality questionnaire confirms what the French philosopher Voltaire said three centuries ago: “If God has made us in his image, we have returned him the favour.”


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