Mysphyt, in a response to Jenkinsfan’s witnessing thread, commented:
He has a point. Jesus was apparently quite fond of expressing things through the use of rhetorical techniques – parables, metaphors, hyperbole, the works. And orthodox Christianity has zeroed in on one particular interpretation of what he had to say, and taught this as the one road to salvation.
So let me ask the question: In your opinion, what was Jesus trying to teach? What points do you think he wanted most to make? Where was he going, intellectually, with his little itinerant missionary operations around Galilee and Jerusalem?
Basic assumptions for the thread: What Jesus had to say was accurately reported by the four Gospel writers. (This is to avoid the classic foofaraw about people putting words in the mouth of a possibly legendary figure years after the event. It’s a postulate for the sake of this thread’s argument, not an assertion for the objective world at large.) What people from Paul to Billy Graham and Pope John Paul have had to say about what he meant may not have been on target.
Given that, what do you think he meant. What was he doing? Why?