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.