Term Paper: Kingdom of God Christianity

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[. . .] In his famous meeting with John the Baptist, Jesus would adopt this same quest for spiritual purity. It is quite ironic, then, that the values of the Jewish forerunners to Christianity would also eventually be seen as the enemy to the evolving Christian value system. The New Testament, though a continuation of the narratives and values expressed in the Old Testament, would also offer explicit rejection of some of the latter's strongest conclusions.

For instance, the primary text notes, the book of Titus says, "therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith, and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth." (Titus 1:14) This idea of Jewish mythology would be an important one not just in justifying some of the sharp distinctions between Christian and Jewish practice that would emerge through the coming generations. But it would also help to convey a certain degree of anti-Semitism that, with the gradual penetration of Christianity as a major world religion, would take strong root with terrible consequences to the Jewish people.

Indeed, this is perhaps one of the great ironies in the concept of the Kingdom of God, that in its very pursuit, no small number of Christian adherents have aggressively and even violently rejected the principles which give way to the very origin of the faith. As the discussion here shows, the concept of a Kingdom of God seems quite simply on its surface as an imperative for living well and being good to others. But Christianity also has a history of rejection and exclusion that are highlighted by its denial of its Jewish origins. Understanding Christianity requires an understanding of some of…

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