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Handling Jesus

This reminded me that we are not so different than our ancestors:
Let's write a different story that leaves out that cross thing (which is really gross), and let's focus on just "spiritual wisdom" that just sort of helps us through the day. Don't tell us we gotta take up our crosses and follow Him—that's asking too much. We'd like a Jesus that we can handle, not a Jesus who handles us.

Ben Whitherington, in reference to the gnostic gospels


Were these his own sentiments or sentiments he was mocking in the gnostic gospels? Please tell me it's the latter...
It is the latter, thank God.