Quite possibly one of the most famous and most recognised pieces of art is the creation of Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel by Michaelangelo. Is Adam trying to hold hands with God???
The strongest, most aggressive comments from Jesus were against the religionists and their warped misrepresentation of the faith. Yet, curiously, those are the saying of Jesus most often quoted towards the non-christians and secularists. As though being aggressive to people with opposing world views is somehow a merit and a virtue.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. (Matthew 23:23-24)
The values Jesus taught on the Sermon on the Mount are considered the traits of snowflakes, weak, leftie, social-justice-warriors. Somewhere along the line “meek” was replaced with “meathead” and evangelicals have adopted the persona of the tyrants they once subverted. Apocalyptic literature once was a means to use symbolism, satire and imagery to garnish the oppressed with courage amidst prejudice and persecution. Now, it is treated as an operating manual and a how-to guide to slay their “enemies.”