Have you ever noticed that no one ever attacks Mohammed, or Buddha, or the spirit-god within you, or Oprah? Have you ever noticed that the atheists really only object to the Christian God, and not any other? It's always been fascinating to me to observe just how much of a threat Jesus really is to people. Jesus, a threat? Naturally! "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Christ is the only One who ever claimed to be the only way to eternal life. He is the only One who ever claimed deity, as He did in John 10:30 when He said "I and the Father are one." Christ's words, Christ's commands, are the only ones that truly convict. Why do you suppose people don't want to read the Bible? Because it's convicting! Because, even if you are not a follower of Christ, you cannot open God's Word and read it without reaching some sort of realization that you are a fallen individual. Whether or not you respond to that conviction ultimately determines your eternity. If the Koran, or Tolle's A New Earth, or The Book of Mormon prompted the same response, then we would see the same type of attacks and persecution falling on these groups. But instead, beliefs such as New Age ideas, Islam, Buddhism, etc., are elevated and praised. Why Jesus? Why is He the only threat? Could it be that it is because He is the only True Way?
Here is another example of an attempt to discredit Jesus Christ. Professor James Tabor is now claiming that Jesus never claimed to be God and he says he has historical evidence to prove it. I guess he never read Isaiah 9:6 or John 1. Unfortunately, it seems that much of what Tabor is arguing against are mis-taught truths of the Catholic faith. In that case, we merely have one heretic arguing another. But also unfortunate is that the article states that "Tabor has already received intense support and interest from Christian pastors." What Christian pastors? I don't know about you, but I'd love to get some names on that! As Christians, we should not entertain the ideas of men like this. While I admit that part of me would like to read his book if for no other reason than to give myself a good laugh, in the end I refuse to spend the money that God has entrusted to me on anything so heretical. Perhaps one of the most unfortunate things about this man and his latest work is that James Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Chair of the Department of Religious studies and you're publishing a book that denies the deity of Christ? But then, why am I surprised? We live in an upside-down world. Only the return of Jesus Christ will flip the world right-side-up again. And when that happens, oh boy would I love to see the look on the faces of men like James Tabor! Those who focus on the historical Jesus are so intent on disproving his deity, that they are researching their way to eternal torment. But they will have no argument when Jesus says to them, "I never knew you," because they clearly never cared about getting to know Him.
13 June 2009
It seems that, over in Europe, a trend has slowly been developing of "de-baptism." It began with offering those who were baptized as children an opportunity to "Liberate yourself from the Original Mumbo-Jumbo that liberated you from the Original Sin you never had". Well, not that it matters, but I'm sure those individuals would have been happy to know that their infant baptism in no way assured them of salvation or forgiveness, but was merely a religious ritual performed by their parents. But now the movement has progressed and even gave way to a "De-Baptism Day" in Italy last fall. Granted, most of this is in protest to the Catholic church and the Church of England--two institutions that have lost God's favor, if they ever even had it in the first place. Is that to say that every member of either of these "churches" is lost? No. But when faced with constant apostate and aberrant teaching, it is hard to imagine many having come to a true faith in Christ. The good news for all those who seek to be "de-baptized?" If you can turn your back so quickly and reject God Almighty, then you never really were a member of His family. So don't worry, "de-baptism" certificate or not, He'll be sure that you're NOT invited to the reunion.