Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Looking for the Truth? Why not Jesus?
I have a challenge for those who are seeking the truth.... why not Jesus?
From time to time, I talk with folks who had grown up in the church, attended Christian school, were raised in a Christian home, that for whatever reason, discard much, if not all, of what they have been taught about Jesus Christ. They set out on a new path for their life.
Sometimes, people get confused by the hypocrisy they see in others with having faith in Jesus Christ, Just because others have let you down, treated you unfairly, or not measured up to your expectations, doesn’t make God less than what he claimed to be. He will not lower His expectations for your life or your personal commitment of your life to His plans and purpose.
There is no excuse for those that have abandoning Jesus Christ or for mixing other gospels with Jesus to suit their own imaginations. Imaginations are - powerful. Vanity of the mind... dangerous. Those who had been drawn to the Jesus Christ by His Father, believed in Jesus Christ and were born again of the Spirit of God, saved by his unmerited favor. Then again, you cannot abandon someone you have never known. On the other hand, you will give account for all that you do and have learned about Him.
It is hard for me to understand why someone who is looking for the truth, would abandon all they know to look somewhere else without first determining why Jesus Christ is not the truth? To say your looking for the truth without doing due diligence to what Jesus claimed to be, smacks of hubris, insincerity and being disingenuous.. So... why not Jesus? Could it be a matter of accountability and finality when it comes to following (committing to) Jesus Christ? Does the straightness of the gate, and narrowness of the way, that leads to eternal life and very few are they that find it - to defining for our liberal agenda’s? Doesn’t “seeking the truth” without first determining the claims of Jesus Christ break down to the least common denominator - “I will find my own way.” (?) “There is a path that seems right to take, but it leads you to destruction.”
Two questions: By what authority do you believe what you believe? Jesus said you can’t be your own authority. You can’t testify on your own behalf - even the world will tell you “only a fool would represent himself in court.” 2- If it is an outside source, how has it be validated? Proven authentic... genuine? Jesus Christ has been given ultimate authority, by his Father in Heaven, to judge the living and the dead - and has been validated by being raised from the dead. “The Rock on which we stand.”
Jesus promise, “.... you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free...”
In the Old Testament (OT), God states, “.... when you seek we with a whole heart, you will find me...”
Start by humbling yourself; with all sincerity, get on your knees and recognize God that sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to die for your sins and the sins of the world. Ask him to reveal Himself to you. He will not testify to any other than Jesus Christ. Then, repent, turn from the way you are going and walk in the direction and do the things the LORD is asking, by His grace, you to do, through reading His Book and your conscience as you walk in this life. As you repent, He will ask you to do things within your ability to do. As an example, he ask one man who had to coats to share one. To another, he ask him to be satisfied with his wages, and not extort, my means of their position, to take advantage of anyone. To the tax collectors, to take only what they were authorized to collect. Oh, how I wish Jesus could address the US Congress today! Amen.
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