On Australian radio they asked the question who do you like more, Jesus, or Santa Claus?
The responses were overwhelmingly, Santa, cause he gives us stuff, but... Jesus seemed like a great guy, just was marketed wrong.
The fact is, we often times just make Jesus into whatever we want. It is actually a verifiable sociological phenomenum that we create God in the image of what we admire, want or need. Thought I would point out some Jesus' that we have created.
Santa Jesus: gives us whatever we want, we send him our letters, we call them prayers, and if we aren't on the naughty list we get them.
Jesus Trump: The ultimate rich, egotistical Jesus, who wants to name everything after himself and control the world
Senator Jesus Kennedy: Who is the embodiment of all that is current left wing, American, politics
George W Jesus: Who is the emodiment of all that is current right wing, American, politics
Jesus Swartznegger: The avenging, powerful, Jesus who will come and kill all that oppose him, favorite quote, " I'll be back"
Jesus Flanders: The otherworldly, nice guy, who is incredibly nerdy, and out of touch with our lives.
What other ways have we created Jesus in images we desire? The fact is Jesus is an amazing paradox, he says "neither do I condemn you" but also says, "go and sin no more" He says "turn the other cheek" and drives the money changers out of the temple with a wip. He is a friend of sinners, he is an advocate for the poor, and marginalized, yet he invites himself to dinner at the Rich guy, or the Pharisees house.
I have decided after much study, Jesus is a complex man, with seemingly contradictory natures. He is both warrior and poet. A true renaisance man. Just like me. ;)