Jesus Christ and the Christian Character: An Examination of the Teaching of Jesus in Its Relation to Some of the Moral Problems of Personal Life

Jesus Christ and the Christian Character: An Examination of the Teaching of Jesus in Its Relation to Some of the Moral Problems of Personal Life

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Jesus Christ and the Christian Character: An Examination of the Teaching of Jesus in Its Relation to Some of the Moral Problems of Personal Life

Jesus Christ and the Christian Character: An Examination of the Teaching of Jesus in Its Relation to Some of the Moral Problems of Personal Life

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The conditions of the modern world give new significance to the problem of the Christian character. The Christian character is, however, a consequence of the imitation of Christ; the reproduction, under the varying conditions of different ages, of the characteristic aspects of the conduct of Jesus. A study of the Christian character must, therefore, begin by contemplating the moral type which the Teacher himself illustrates.

The imitation of Christ may be misdirected in many ways. He may be imitated literally, fragmentarily, capriciously, as though each act or saying expressed his total purpose and had no relation to time, place, race, or occasion. He may be imitated, on the other hand, overconfidently or arrogantly, as though the saying: "Greater things than these shall ye do," emancipated his disciples from the limitations of science or civilization or common sense. A rational imitation of Christ is not the conduct of a mimic or a puppet. It means what the imitation of other characters means, -- an influence of leadership, power, authority, example, applied to the conditions of one's own life. The traits in him which command appreciation are applied . . .

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