2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry".

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What Jesus are you praying to?



In this rather humorous piece, we see a serious point. Problem here is that the emergent world and the modern evangelical institutional church are much like the Ricky Bobby table prayer. The problem? Manyl choose a Jesus that we like and a theology that we like. Like Rob Bell who says

Velvet Elvis “For a Christian, Jesus’ teachings aren’t to be followed because they are a nice way to live a moral life. They are to be followed because they are the possible insight into how the world really works. They teach us how things are. I don’t follow Jesus because I think Christianity is the best religion. I follow Jesus because he leads me into ultimate reality. He teaches me to live in tune with how reality is. When Jesus said, ‘No one comes to the Father except through me’, he was saying that his way, his words, his life is our connection to how things truly are at the deepest levels of existence. For Jesus then, the point of religion is to help us connect with ultimate reality, God.” - p. 83


Are Jesus' words a possible insight into how the world really works? Or are they the words that show us the way to eternal life? Does Jesus lead us into the ultimate reality, or has He paid the penalty for our sins to give us righteousness? When Jesus said that no one comes to the Father but by me, He was saying that He was the Way the Truth, and The Life. He is the only way, that is by His ultimate sacrifice, the only way to peace with God, the only way to Salvation. The point of Jesus' coming was NOT to connect with the ultimate reality, it was to reconcile us with God. Ultimately, the point of Jesus' coming was to bring Glory to God!

What Jesus is Rob Bell and his buddies talking about? What Jesus is going to reconcile and restore all people, regardless of their religious belief like Doug Pagitt believes in? What Jesus does not know the future, like the one Greg Boyd believes in? What Jesus was called the Word, and yet sola scriptura is coming to an end like the one Phyllis Tickle believes in? What Jesus does Tony Jones believe in, as he makes a mockery of being Born Again, and of the clear teaching of the Bible about the sin of homosexuality?

We better make sure that we are praying to the right Jesus; like the one presented in the Bible. The one presented in the Gospels. The one presented in John ch. 1 with the all the different names He is called by John to demonstrate his character and nature. I urge you to make sure that you believe Jesus in truth, as presented in His Holy Word. His Word is closely associated with His character. He is the Word, and we must believe in Him in truth. We do not want to come to the day of Judgement, thinking we know who Jesus is, and we believed all along in the wrong one.

5 comments:

Corey said...

"What Jesus does not know the future, like the one Greg Boyd believes in?"

Mt 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

"What Jesus was called the Word, and yet sola scriptura is coming to an end like the one Phyllis Tickle believes in?"

Funny...If Jesus is the Word, shouldn't it be sola Jesus instead of sola scriptura?

I urge YOU to make sure that you believe in Jesus in truth, as presented in His Holy Word (like in Matt. 24:36) and not in man-made reformation era proclamations :)

Michelle said...

Great post!

The Bible is very clear. It's so sad how people just take God's Word and twist it to conform to their views.

Thanks for posting!

Ken Silva said...

Corey,

Time to enter the real world now. Funny, Jesus taught His disciples Sola Scriptura e.g. Matthew 4:4.

By the way, that was just a couple of years before the Reformation.

So I urge YOU to make sure that you believe in Jesus in truth, as presented in His Holy Word (like in Matt. 24:36) and not in man-made psuedo-scholastic revisionist history. :)

Ken Silva said...

Corey,

Time to enter the real world now. Funny, Jesus taught His disciples Sola Scriptura e.g. Matthew 4:4.

By the way, that was just a couple of years before the Reformation.

So I urge YOU to make sure that you believe in Jesus in truth, as presented in His Holy Word (like in Matt. 24:36) and not in man-made psuedo-scholastic revisionist history. :)

Astrogirl said...

The Jesus of the "New" Testament is also the Jesus of the Old Testament--the One who made the Heavens and Earth, the One who was the Word from the foundations of the earth, and the One who is the Word become flesh.

When we carefully look at how Jesus lived His life as a Hebrew man, who observed the traditions of His people as well as brought the ways of Torah into a greater understanding, we see the True God.

He was always showing man how to properly interpret scripture thru the Spirit and Truth, so that God was always glorified and not diminished. More often than not, this required a change of heart and a humbling of self. Unfortunately, many post-moderns want to re-invent Jesus/God into something that they are comfortable with.

PS--I love how Jesus was teaching the Torah in Matthew 4:4; "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." Deuteronomy 8:3