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Bishop: Jesus would be your Facebook friend

The Local · 24 Dec 2012, 12:30

Published: 24 Dec 2012 12:30 GMT+01:00

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"Jesus would certainly today be on Facebook and Twitter," said Freiburg Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, who is chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, on Monday.

"He was always looking for people, and took unusual routes to do this," he told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper.

"Fundamentally all media are suited to bring the word of God to the people," he said. Social networks were not, he said, new-fangled and pointless, rather they represented ways in which to reach people which the Church had not previously contacted, he said.

Zollitsch said he already send Twitter messages with news from his archbishopric, and added, "perhaps I will set up a personal account too."

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14:08 December 24, 2012 by Wobinidan
With insights like this, it's no wonder the Catholic church has billions of euros in assets.

I'd like to try one: Jesus would buy organic vegetables and own a macbook. I accept tithes by cheque or credit card.
14:46 December 24, 2012 by Englishted
Well would he have spoken Chinese or English to speak to most of the worlds population . Religions who needs them or wants them ?.
19:50 December 24, 2012 by realist1961
Your Excellency; Matthew 8:1-4 and John 9:5-7 were not done via a mobile phone. The problem with the world today is that we don't know or try to reach out to the physical person. We've become disconnected to personal relationships. My guess is, if we actually met and had dinner with the people who we are told to hate, we would never understand why we were told to hate them. My guess is, children from all corners of the world only want to be loved and have someone to play and talk with. People do not want, nor do they need, a tweet.
20:57 December 24, 2012 by wood artist
While I suspect Jesus might well have seen FB and Twitter as a tool to spread his message, I doubt he'd be much in favor of FB posting ads as if they came from him simply because he liked something he read. I think FB is more akin to the money changers at the temple in that respect.

13:44 December 25, 2012 by www.emungus.net

Joking apart, mankind are living in deep psychosis. We are going through serial fantasies, now Jesus is referred as a facebooker (!). Everyone are tasting their wine, but apparently that of the Archbishop has an acquired taste, unusual. No one can argue away the fact that internet is a major global social meeting point and free of use to anyone, however, linking Jesus in that matter the way this godly man does may raise some eyebrows. In relation to the biblical learning many acquired since the young age, this reference is of bad taste. Please do not tease the evil - they say when one speaks of the devil, she may actually rise . And as it was not enough here we have in front of our very eyes a bearded white male Jesus Christ (!) Someone must be perpetrating fraud. Who has seen Jesus? No one. Well then, which one between the Church and The Holy Scriptures is perpetrating fraud? The Holy Scriptures never portray Jesus Christ as a white bearded male. So, as a matter of fact, the Church is being perpetrating falseness. By all accounts, no one of us has seen God, yet in churches Lord is portrayed all along as a white aging man. Ouf ! Mankind are really at the top of their fantasies. Churches are falling apart in controversy pierces whereas Holy Scriptures are still alive and kicking : let us get stranded here instead. As teens, many of us recall catechesis teachings, among the core ten commandments are the 3th and the 4th :

No graven images or likenesses

Not take the LORD's name in vain
16:52 December 25, 2012 by lenny van
How very sad.
18:31 December 26, 2012 by raandy
Thanks but Iam all set.
05:27 December 27, 2012 by Elder Kenneth Vann
This is a response to the comment made by the head of the German division of the Catholic Church. This is Elder Kenneth Vann of the Pentecostal Apostolic Church in Philadelphia.

Who is this that darkeneth council by words without knowledge? Gird thy self like a man; for I will demand of thee; answer thou me.

How dare you use such phrases like "If Jesus were alive" as to suggest that my Lord Jesus Christ is Yet dead and not risen! For that, you deserve a God Smack!!!

1 Corinthians 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead; then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen then our preaching vain and your faith is also vain.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept.

So according to your referring to yourself a priest, JESUS IS ALIVE!! And you are officially found a Liar! In fact, you are the one DEAD in your sins. Let God be true and every man a liar.

If anyone Dare or Cares to respond to this reprimanding, be my guess. But know this, The Bible has 66 books besides the ones you Catholics stole out of it, and I am well versed in it. Like the Apostle Paul, I am set at the defense of the gospel.
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