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Jesus Christ is renowned the world over, His name familiar in every culture, whether one professes to be Christian, atheist or of any other religion. Many have opinions about Him, regardless of their beliefs about who He was and what He taught. His name stirs great controversy.
Yet, despite worldwide recognition—despite billions professing to follow Him—despite all the knowledge circulating about Him—Jesus Christ remains unknown—even to Christianity!
Is it possible the central figure of a religion could be unknown to almost all who profess to follow Him? The answer has everything to do with a different, false Jesus having been foisted on an unsuspecting world.
Opinions range widely about Who and What was Jesus Christ—as well as what He means in today’s world. But few disagree that He forever changed the course of history and civilization.
Through the centuries, thousands of books, stories, television documentaries, films and even novels have been written and produced about Jesus Christ. Hundreds of thousands of churches have been erected in His name. Millions have claimed to be His ministers. Billions have professed Him “Lord and Savior.”
What is your view of Jesus? What image does His name evoke? Perhaps a thin, long-haired man in a flowing white robe. Maybe a baby in a manger, with three “wise men” giving Him gifts on December 25. Or a crucified figure in a loincloth, with trickles of blood oozing from Him? Possibly Easter eggs and sunrise services?—or the Christmas season?
What about Jesus pleading with people to give their hearts to Him?—adding, “Just show love to all people and accept Me into your hearts to be saved.” Or walking through villages giving money to the poor, or saying, “Just believe in Me. Obedience is no longer necessary.”
These and other well-known views of Jesus Christ have been driven into the minds of countless billions over the centuries. Though commonly believed, these images and perceptions fail the test of careful biblical and historical examination. The popular, mainstream ideas about the supposed Christ of the Bible and what He taught simply do not measure up to the facts—what have been largely unassembled facts.
Most have accepted without question what they have heard, read or were taught throughout their lives about Christ and the teachings He brought. These same people usually vigorously defend their beliefs while feeling no need to examine proof of why they believe what they do—or to consider how they came to such beliefs. Human nature follows the crowd, which follows what is popular.
This has been the case with virtually every one of the widely accepted teachings, traditions and practices of mainstream Christianity. Few are aware—or even care—that these have been taken almost entirely from paganism, false customs and human reasoning—and not from the Bible. Most of the teachings of Christendom have no biblical basis whatsoever—and in many cases Jesus actually commands the exact opposite!
Thus, the Jesus Christ of the Bible has been left out of professing Christianity—unknown to vast millions, hidden in a cloud of deceit, confusion, lies and commonly accepted falsehoods. He has been replaced—counterfeited and substituted—with “another Jesus,” one entirely different—and the one the apostle Paul warned against in II Corinthians 11:4. Notice: “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached…you might well bear with him [you put up with it].”
Here are examples contrasting the false Jesus with the true Jesus of the Bible.
• The ministers of one Jesus teach the saved go to heaven. The true Christ revealed, “No man has ascended into heaven” and “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). Related to this, the one tells his followers they have an “immortal soul,” and the wicked go to an “ever-burning hell.” The Other teaches that people are souls and the wicked will be destroyed forever in the lake of fire.
• One Jesus has ministers who speak endlessly of how the Law has been done away—nailed to the cross—having been kept for them by Jesus. The Other taught, “Think NOT that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets” (Matt. 5:17), and “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17)—after which He listed five of the Ten Commandments to make clear what He meant.
• One Jesus teaches that Sunday is the Lord’s Day. The other declared this about the Fourth Commandment, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is LORD OF THE SABBATH” (Mark 2:27-28). He did not say, “The Sabbath was made for Jews, and I am a Jew, so that is why I keep it—but you don’t need to, because I’m now Lord of Sunday.” One is left to wonder: If Jesus had said to keep Sunday, would the whole world keep Saturday?
Understand. Jesus, who grew up in a strong, Commandment-keeping middle-class family of parents, brothers and sisters living in humble circumstances, observed the weekly Sabbath. But His family also observed the annual Holy Days, which picture God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Consider more contrasts between the counterfeit and the true Jesus.
• One endorses the pagan Easter celebration, the worship of the Egyptian/Babylonian goddess Ishtar/Ashtaroth—the Other kept and requires observance of God’s Passover.
• One broke the only sign that he was the Messiah (and therefore his word!) and was in the grave just 36 hours—the Other kept His word, proving He was the Messiah by remaining there exactly three days and three nights.
• One celebrates his birthday in late December, through re-invention of a time-honored pagan festival of wild celebration—the Other was born in the early autumn and condemns this tradition as an abomination.
Jesus was reared a Galilean, and as a rugged carpenter—and therefore was looked down upon for not being “cosmopolitan,” or a recognized religious scholar or as having come from aristocracy, like His contemporaries in Jerusalem. And His physical appearance, as foretold centuries earlier, was at best average—far from the handsome image promoted by Hollywood.
Let’s continue the contrast:
• One Jesus was weak, skinny, effeminate and had long hair—the true Christ was rugged, strong, masculine and wore hair closely cropped.
• One is largely seen as either a helpless newborn in a manger or dead on a cross—the Other is all-powerful and sitting at the right hand of God.
• One teaches adherence to ancient pagan holidays condemned in the Bible—the Other teaches observance of the seven annual Holy Days outlined in Scripture and commanded to be kept forever.
Christ was born when anticipation of the Messiah’s impending arrival was in the air, and when Rome changed from a republic to a conquering empire, clearing the way for the gospel to spread to diverse kingdoms, cities, cultures, regions and territories.
Before starting His ministry, Christ defeated Satan in a titanic battle of wills, qualifying to replace him in ruling the earth. He then called the disciples from humble origins, and with His Father’s guidance, personally prepared them through an intense training period to become apostles.
Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and preached the gospel to the poor. He shattered myths and changed lives. Yet, despite these—and spectacular miracles such as walking on water, feeding thousands with a few pieces of fish and bread, and other marvelous acts—leaders would not accept His words—or His AUTHORITY!
Christ preached a message that is today entirely unknown to the multiplying, disagreeing and competing churches of professing Christianity—it was the good news of the kingdom of God—a coming
world supergovernment that would bring justice, equity, peace, happiness, abundance and prosperity to all peoples and nations.
This centerpiece of Jesus’ ministry is another of the many things He taught that so few have heard and almost no one believes.
Again, the contrast continues:
• One Jesus teaches that his followers must spread an already-existing kingdom, as they seek to fix this world—the Other that His kingdom will come at His Return, and that His resurrected, glorified followers will first restore and then continue ruling cities and nations in the world to come.
• One largely defines the Christian mission as giving money and aid to the poor—the Other said to give them the gospel of the kingdom of God.
• One sends missionaries around the world to have the masses “profess” him and “get saved”—the Other directs His Church to announce to all nations the soon arrival of God’s kingdom, knowing only the Father decides who comes to His Son.
Jesus Christ promised, “I will build My Church” (Matt. 16:18). He is still today building, feeding, protecting, strengthening, guiding, training and governing that ONE undivided Church.
• Yet, one Jesus has followers who build their own thousands of differing, divided churches, and who, because they cannot agree on his teachings, necessarily offer a widely inclusive, counterfeit “body of Christ” to house them—the true Christ built one unified Church, Body and Temple, where everyone walks in harmony, believing and speaking the same thing.
• One permits the unrestrained promotion of idols, images and pictures all through his churches—the Other condemns all forms of this in His Second Commandment.
• One is worshipped by billions and leads all brands of this world’s recognized, accepted Christendom, better thought of as Churchianity—the Other is worshipped by a few, and has one discounted, persecuted “little flock” that has come out of the world.
• One carries neither real power nor real authority, and his churches operate on human strength—the Other has all power and authority in heaven and earth, and divinely strengthens His dynamic Church.
• One is essentially a dead savior with dead teachings building dead churches—the Other is alive and brings living truth from His living Word to a living Church.
Jesus Christ commanded, “Repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). Paul added, “God…commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30)—meaning to change their thoughts, attitudes, words and actions, and to live the only way He always intended. God is calling but a select few into the understanding of His truth, to live His way of life.
It takes faith to change, to reject the pulls of the flesh, the devil and society, and permit Christ to live in you through His Spirit. It means growing from human faith to the faith of Christ, to come under Jesus’ authority, and to submit to His government, administered in His Church.
Being called into the way of true Christianity means you must permit God to build His holy, righteous character within you—a lifelong process involving time, trials, tests and lessons. You must yield yourself as clay to the Master Potter, and put your will aside. You must voluntarily choose to “enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that [are finding] it” (Matt. 7:13-14).
With God’s way of life come endless benefits for faithful obedience. This means “We have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:21-22).
Jesus set the example, the pattern for overcoming sin and focusing one’s life on being born into the kingdom of God.
There are two opposing ways of life. One is described as the way of “give,” the other of “get.” One of the greatest teachings of Jesus is that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Of course, Christ set the ultimate example by giving Himself for mankind. The give way for Christians begins with recognizing they belong to God as “living sacrifices.”
Being called also means being willing to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”—to untangle and disengage “himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier” (II Tim. 2:3-4). It means a life of waging spiritual warfare—but also of enjoying unbounded happiness at the same time!
The way of true Christianity is infinitely more than mere talk—it requires action. It brings with it security, peace of mind, excitement, thrilling news of God’s Work, and a host of blessings—including the greatest one: hearing Christ say upon His Return, “Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord” (Matt. 25:21). In other words, receive rulership under the glorified Christ in His kingdom.
But the path to God’s kingdom is not easy. Building character is the only thing one can carry into eternal life, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (I Cor. 15:50).
Let’s see a few final comparisons:
• One Jesus blindly repeats that you are saved by his death—the true Jesus Christ reveals and explains how you are “saved by His life” (Rom. 5:10).
• One has done away with tithing to make himself more appealing and easier to serve—the Other bluntly declares, “This ought you to have done” (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42), and to neglect tithing is to “rob God” (Mal. 3:8).
• One says, “Come just as you are”—the Other commands, “Repent [change] and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:17).
• One assures, “You are already saved,” because “once saved, always saved”—the Other declares (twice), “He that endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22), and “to him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I overcame…” (Rev. 3:21).
• One does not care how you worship him, what customs and doctrines you believe—the Other is a “jealous God,” demanding in John 4 that we “worship Him in Spirit—and in truth!”, and says, “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
• Finally, one Jesus works through “another spirit,” the “spirit of error,” the “spirit of disobedience”—the true Jesus Christ works through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).
To conclude the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained, “Whosoever hears these sayings of Mine [what Christ taught], and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock…And everyone that hears these sayings of Mine [truth], and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand” (Matt. 7:24-27).
Which of these will you be?
“Another Jesus” and the true Jesus Christ stand before you! You cannot claim to serve and believe the true—the right—Jesus while copying the path and teachings of the wrong one. Which you follow—in conduct and teachings—becomes the greatest choice you will ever make!
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