Jesus, if he ever existed, is dead now. Dead people aren't "surprised". But if you want to claim that Jesus is somehow a supernatural deity, then he also should not be surprised. There are over 4,000 ways to say "I'm right and you're wrong, and you'll burn forever for not agreeing with me."
He wouldn't be surprised because he knows all and sees all. However, he will probably be thinking that we his children take one idea and divide it into a million parts and then we fight to see which part is better. When in the end, it is the same idea.
Of course not. He knew there were many religions then, and he was trying to convey that His was the true religion. The kingdom has been 'at hand' for 2000 years. It is still at hand. I don't realistically think there are any more religions now than there were then.
No because in 2 Timothy 4:3 says For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. With that being said, He didn't only teach repentance.
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Absolutely! He would mostly be surprised that people who claim themselves to be his followers are not Jewish, they are not circumcised and do not keep the dietary laws. He would then have a good laugh after reading the gospels, and after reading Acts and the letters of Paul he would renounced Paul as the liar and charlatan he was. Jesus would then require all those who wish to follow him to convert to Judaism, and commit to keeping every iota of the law. And finally he would apologize and pray for forgiveness for all the crimes and horrors done in his name. However, all that would not happen, because he died.
No, I don't think so. Not just because i believe he is the essence of God and thus presumably knows all, but based upon his teaching his vision sees beyond the human conventions and cultural expressions of "denominations". Denominationalism shows itself to be both good and bad. There were "denominations" of sorts in Jesus' time as well as in the very early church. Perhaps focusing on the search for Truth and the proclamation of it in culturally relevant ways puts the phenomenon of denominations into it's place. Many seem to have the focus the other way round as in "which denomination is right?". In this way we won't "see the forest for the trees".
Just for the moment let's assume that Jesus lived and taught pretty much in the way described in the Gospels. Such a man would have intimate knowledge of human nature and would not be inn the least surprised that his message would receive individual interpretations.
He was probably one of the early proponents of the KISS Principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) for he preached to ordinary people, using stories they could understand -- but he would know that, before long, somebody would come along and stuff it all up.
I wouldn't think He would be surprised. He knows everything about His creation. Most of the Christian denominations focus on the same main point of the Bible (Accept Jesus into your heart, repent, etc.), but they interpret various parts the Bible differently. I'm non-denominational because I just go by what the Bible and the Holy Spirit personally guides me to do. I think we shouldn't worry about the denomination we follow but rather the main things the Bible teaches us, and every denomination goes by the same Bible in some shape or form.