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Often what is NOT said rises almost to the level of what IS said.

What Jesus Didn't Say Anything About
Updated: 02/01/2020

Elephant of Silence in the Living Room

First of all let's understand that Jesus was silent about one of the major aspects of the unfolding human drama. Because of its importance and seemingly foundational import, this absence can be considered as the elephant in the living room. Outside of a few rhetorical references to a personified evil such as, "That one was a liar from the beginning", He said nothing about either the origin of evil or the fall of man. How can this be?

Not saying ANYTHING about such an important piece of the past seems to almost border on dereliction of duty! Isn't this part of the context that gives a foundation for the meaning of his message? This question begs to be asked: WHY didn't Jesus say anything concerning this? Also, why didn't the disciples ask about this? Until we understand why, and also understand that this was NOT because the extant answers and proposed scenario were correct, we are short of having the clearest focus on the truth that he presented.

So, why DIDN'T Jesus say anything about the origin of evil? Was it because the origin is obvious, and nothing needs to be said? He said a lot about sin. When you understand the definition of sin, the origin of evil becomes obvious, and you can see that understanding the character, purpose and values of God through the life and message of Jesus WAS the answer to reversing or eliminating sin. "And this IS eternal life, that they understand you,...and he whom you have sent." John 17:3

The premise is that the concept of sin and its cure was so very wrong-headed at that time, that had Jesus said anything directly about it, doing so would have prematurely discredited him.

100+ other significant areas of life NOT addressed:

I. Larger than God Legal System

  1. Dying for our sins or paying our blood price
  2. Being our righteousness or our substitute
  3. Going to hell if we fail to accept him
  4. Confessing or seeking forgiveness of sins
  5. Appending his teachings onto the sacrificial system of the Jewish paradigm

II. Transcendence of God

  1. God being transcendent or alien
  2. Making God number one in our lives
  3. Surrendering our will to God
  4. God testing us

III. How to Conduct Our Lives


  1. Work habits

  2. Planning

  3. Advancement

  4. Workplace politics

Clothing and attire

  1. Proper
  2. Taste
  3. Type
  4. Modesty

Culture and ethnicity

  1. Race relationships
  2. Multiculturalism


  1. Capitalism
  2. Communism
  3. Fascism
  4. Monetary foundation
  5. Fiscal policy
  6. Budgeting

Family Relationships

  1. Being a better marriage partner
  2. Being a better parent
  3. Being a better son or daughter
  4. Being a better sibling
  5. Being a better grandparent
  6. Being a better aunt, uncle, nephew or niece

Food production

  1. Farming
  2. Orchards
  3. Harvesting
  4. Animal Husbandry
  5. Fishing

Governmental philosophy

  1. Type or form
  2. Politics
  3. Policies
  4. Reform
  5. Tax system

Health reform

  1. Proper diet
  2. Food preparation
  3. Food storage
  4. Proper posture
  5. Proper breathing
  6. Proper exercise
  7. Proper rest & sleep
  8. Proper eating habits
  9. Proper Hygiene
  10. Alcoholism
  11. Medications

Loving God except through loving others

  1. Having a personal relationship with God
  2. What to do
  3. What not to do
  4. How to know if God is happy with you

Morality and leading a moral life

  1. Eliminating bad habits
  2. Increasing devotion to religious activities
  3. Observing holy days
  4. Obeying the 10 commandments
  5. Donating our time
  6. Being martyrs
  7. Fasting

Personal finance or investing

  1. Real estate investing
  2. Renting or leasing activities
  3. Paying tithes
  4. Giving offerings

Politics or government

  1. Supporting
  2. Changing
  3. When to revolt
  4. Policies

Recreational activities

  1. Sports
  2. Games
  3. Hobbies
  4. Dancing
  5. Gambling
  6. Exposure to Nature
  7. Vacations
  8. Travel


  1. Planning
  2. Investments
  3. Activities


  1. Losing weight

  2. Toning up

  3. Improving vocabulary, grammar and diction
  4. Hair style issues


  1. Celibacy
  2. Sensuality
  3. Romance
  4. Courtship
  5. Eroticism
  6. Sexual development
  7. Sexual identity
  8. Sexual practices
  9. Homosexuality
  10. STD prevention
  11. Pregnancy prevention
  12. Temperance
  13. Premarital indulgence
  14. Abstinence

IV. Some Other Revelation of or by God

  1. The Bible being the word of God
  2. The Holy Spirit giving us mystical experiences
  3. Authorizing his disciples to speak for God
  4. Sending us additional prophets
  5. Authorizing anyone else to speak for God
  6. Dreams
  7. Visions

V. God's Role in Our Future

  1. God having a chronological agenda
  2. His one day ruling the universe
  3. Another or future advent

VI. Religious Activities

  1. Church (as we know it)
  2. Worship format or liturgy
  3. Leadership structure
  4. Establishing an institution in his name
  5. Building an organization to do “his work”
  6. Organizational structure
  7. Dealing in real estate on his behalf
  8. Canon selection
  9. Religious education
  10. Proper religious creed
  11. Sacred music
  12. Sacred art

VII. Cosmogony & Cosmology

  1. Creation or origins
  2. Heaven or the kingdom of heaven being a place
  3. A Lord of evil
  4. Size & scope of the universe
  5. Size & scope of the earth
  6. Astrophysics

VIII. Academics

  1. Educational principles
  2. Schooling structure and approach
  3. Basic curriculum
  4. Home schooling
  5. Classical Literature
  6. Mathematics
  7. Music
  8. Geography
  9. Astronomy
  10. Rhetoric
  11. Writing
  12. Logic
  13. History
  14. Civics
  15. Grammar
  16. Culture
  17. Formal philosophy
  18. Sacred Scripture
  19. Texts recommended
  20. How to be a better teacher
  21. Level of education recommended

IX. Science

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Biology
  4. Geology
  5. Botany
  6. Genetics
  7. Anthropology
  8. Psychology
  9. World history
  10. Medicine practice

X. Aesthetics

  1. Art, painting
  2. Music
  3. Architecture
  4. Sculpture
  5. Literature
  6. Tasteful home decor
  7. Tasteful dress code
  8. Good grooming habits
  9. Personal hygiene
  10. Proper decorum

Why didn't Jesus say anything about these important aspects of life?

Ostensibly as the designer and creator of the universe he should have had some tremendously valuable insights and advice to give to us for these major aspects of life. Especially if we are in the role of waiting for his return before everything gets made perfect. For 2000 years[*] Man has been struggling to deal with these issues, and there has been much confusion and disagreement. In this context if he couldn't or wouldn't help us to get or stay on the right track, how can we interpret this to be good?

A VERY important question to ask: If Jesus knew or expected his followers to live out their normal lifetimes for centuries or millennia in the future, why did he NOT say ANYTHING about the more than a hundred important aspects of life listed above? In the face of him advising his followers to carry weapons (See: Preparing for Trouble) at that time after his departure, couldn't he have forestalled much confusion, angst and disagreement in the community of his followers by giving us his insightful advice on many more such matters that affect the sustenance and quality of life?

What Jesus Did Say

Well then, what WAS his subject? What did he have to say that was so important as to make all these other issues not worthy of counsel? See: What to Do, Understanding God, Jesus on Unity

[*]  1300+ years in the revised chronology

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