I just thought of something. If Jesus was born today…in Bethlehem, how accepting would Americans be of him? A 32-year-old man from Palestine who speaks Hebrew and tells you to give all your money to the poor?
If Jesus were born today and gained any sort of clout, the same thing that happened to him two thousand years ago would happen to him again: he would be accused of being a dangerous cult leader attacking the banking system and the political establishment; he would be executed by the empire, probably by unreported drone strike rather than messy spectacular crucifixion; his own former friends and students would be dragged before the media to denounce his delusional narcissistic personality disorder; records of his life would be driven underground for centuries, until a new empire saw fit to revive his memory in service of a new imperial agenda.
(Source: astrodidact, via mr-wiles)