If Jesus was…..

In my journey with Jesus, I have many times read, saw or heard that Jesus was: 

  • Not part of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • Not born of a virgin.
  • Not resurrected from the dead.
  • Taught by an Eastern guru. 
  • And many, many more.  

I used to get upset about it.  After all, it is about the Savior whom I value above all else.   That was until I remembered the words of Jesus, 

‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first.’  John 15:18

I realized that if and when people insult Jesus, or Scripture, nothing changes.  He remains the eternal Victorious Lamb of God at the right hand of the wonderful Father. 

What the insults, criticism, verbal abuse and whatever does, is to prove that the Word of God is true.  Why?   The Bible tells us that the world is under the control of the devil, 

‘We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’  1 John 5:19

If the people of the world, those under the influence of the devil, do not slander and despise the Triune God and the Word we should get very worried.  Then the Bible cannot be true.  But, as is proven by the continual barrage of criticism and faultfinding, the Bible is 100% reliable, trustworthy and the special Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.  The apostle Paul wrote, 

‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel….’  Romans 1:16a

I agree.  Never let go of confidence in the Word.  Every day the devil shouts in my ear, ‘The Bible is true, but I hate it if you believe it.  I don’t want you to be with God eternally.’  Well, thank you, Jesus.  My faith in you is just that much stronger because they hate you without reason. 

Victor Stenger and religion

Victor Stenger, a particle physicist, philosopher and religious skeptic, died recently at the age of 79. Science to moonHe published many peer-reviewed articles and other essays. Also a prolific writer, his book, God, The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist (Prometheus Books), was a 2007 best seller.

One of his sayings was, ‘Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.’ He was a religious skeptic, a member of the Society of Humanist Philosophers, Free Enquiry and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. We want to investigate if he was honest with his facts.

To him the God of the Bible (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ) is no different from Allah, the ‘God’ of the Muslims. Yet they are completely distinct entities because Allah denies that he has a son. How can such an educated man be so confused (just like Richard Dawkins)?

The ‘flying into buildings’ is the incident of the destruction of the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden (a Muslim) claimed responsibility for the attacks. We know about the atrocities committed by other Muslim groups, like ISIS and Boko Haram.1

Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Boko Haram are all guided by the Koran. They do what Mohammed taught: ‘Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, – whether he is slain or gets victory – soon shall We give him a reward of great (value),’ Sura 4:74. 2  So fighting brings rewards.

Compassion is not part of Allah, “Remember your Lord inspired the angels (with the message): ‘I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite you above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them,” Surah 8:12. Smiting off people’s necks was demonstrated by the gruesome beheading of James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Contrary to that, there is no command from Jesus to kill people in order to spread the message of the cross, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.3

The difference between the Bible and the Koran is about as wide as the difference between east and west. Did an intelligent, educated man make such a mistake by accident, or was it designed because of his agenda? As an atheist, his agenda was to discredit Christ. Unfortunately, many atheists think such dishonesty is acceptable in the effort to dethrone or damage the ‘religion’ of the Bible. It is a pity that people believe such a simplistic argument to justify unbelief.

References

  1. Wikipedia.
  2. Abdullah Yusuf Ali, English Translation of the Holy Qur’an, Islamic Propagation Centre International, 2004
  3. Matthew 28:18-19

Our wonderful God

We have such a wonderful God who gave us such a wonderful book. For example, there is 1 Kefa, written Electby Kefa, an emissary of Yeshua the Messiah. Translated it means the first letter written by Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. This is just an aside to remind us that our holy Bible is a Jewish book.

First Peter was written before the Roman emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians began in 64 AD. Peter addressed the letter to God’s elect, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. These were all real countries (consult a Bible atlas). Today the letter also applies to the faithful followers of Jesus, scattered around the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia, et cetera.

The letter is addressed to God’s elect. God chose certain people to have a relationship with Him. Does that mean God chose some and left others out? Not at all. When people asked Peter what they should do after his sermon on the resurrection of Jesus, he said, ‘Repent and be baptised, all of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.1  God calls, we respond.

What is remarkable is the different functions of the Trinity:

  1. The Father calls into His kingdom. He is in charge, the CEO. We can either reject or accept. This explains why the devil and many atheists hate the elect: they chose to reject the call, and so they became the ‘outcasts’ of God’s Kingdom. They decided by their own volition to reject, but still hate us because we accepted the call.
  2. The glorious Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself willingly for us. He ‘sprinkled’ His blood for us. This remains an enigma, a King died willingly on a cross for the people of God: to gather a Bride from among the nations.  This is the ‘foolishness of God:’ Christ the Crucified became the power of God and the wisdom of God. 2  Justin said, ‘They say that our madness consists in the fact that we put a crucified man in second place after the unchangeable and eternal God, the Creator of the world.’
  3. The Holy Spirit sanctifies, separates for God. Sanctification has two aspects. The one is to be declared holy (your sins are forgiven). The other is to be trained to act out holiness (to live the kingdom life).

Because of the combined actions of the Trinity, our eternal inheritance will never spoil, fade of perish. Isn’t it wonderful? We will be rich, exceedingly rich, eternally. What a future, what a hope. No wonder we are told, ‘My purpose is that they [us] will be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they [we] may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that we may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4

What a wonderful Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

References

  1. Acts 2:38-39
  2. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
  3. Just, Apology I, 13.4, cited by M Hengel, Crucifixion, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1977, p 1
  4. Colossians 2:2-3
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