HawkGrrrl asks some questions about whether Jesus might fit into the modern Mormon mold:
Some folks have developed some weird notions about Jesus that in fact differ greatly from the Jesus represented in the books of the Bible (which were written many years after his death anyway). The Jesus I hear people talking about is feminized and sometimes even, dare I say, Republican. As Mormon Heretic pointed out yesterday, Jesus’ behaviour was often much edgier than we tend to think; he would suffer the little children to come unto him, even if there was no other adult present to chaperone them. He would talk to women one on one without making a big deal out of it or wetting himself out of fear of what people might think.
When I read about Jesus in the Bible, it’s hard to imagine a version of that person attending church. What would a modern Mormon Jesus look like? I picture Daniel Faraday from LOST, a skinny, edgy, nervous guy who is the smartest person in the room and unfathomable to the rest of us but with kind, soulful, discerning eyes. Or so I imagine. Of course, if he’s attending an LDS church, he will also have to be dressed and groomed like an Eisenhower era federal agent, and my imagination simply isn’t that good. So Daniel Faraday in a white shirt with a skinny black tie is the closest I can get.
What would Jesus do if he were attending a Mormon church? Based on what’s written about him, here are a few things I think we should expect: