The preference for regarding Jesus primarily as “our brother” or “my friend” has some warrant in the devotional traditions of Christianity but little warrant in the New Testament. However Jesus Christ is ultimately understood, the Scriptures clearly portray Him as an authoritative and even authoritarian figure. His preaching focused heavily on sin and the need for repentance. He seemed to attach immense importance to His own person and to Himself as the only way to the Father, and never seems to have entered into relationships of equality with anyone. He warned His followers against disobedience and never engaged in “dialogue” with people except for the pedagogical purpose of eliciting from them the responses He wanted. Nowhere did He encourage anyone to disagree with, challenge, or contradict Him. There were apparently no multiple roads to truth.

James Hitchcock, Catholicism and Modernity (1979)


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