We have been looking at Jesus Christ as the Way. This is an important topic in a pluralistic culture. Last week we looked at how even with the best evidence, people still decide not to believe.
Today we will look at how to view the work of the real Jesus Christ in our lives today or in the lives of others.
A few months back I wrote a post about “Evidence Even An Atheist Can’t Ignore.” I won’t recount it here in the interest of space.
The article shows the power of personal testimony and the way people live and relate. Jesus called this, “letting your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
But, unfortunately this all gets convoluted with supposed thinkers of our day.
Deception From The “Thinkers”
Deepak Chopra wrote a book called “The Third Jesus” I read enough of it to know it was built on bias and not on the Bible. He says there are three Jesus’-
1- Historical – “we know next to nothing about” (not true, as we saw a few weeks back)
2- Christianity Jesus – “created by the church to fulfill agenda” – He makes a bold claim with nothing to back it up with.
3- The enlightened – “not the savior, not the Son of God but Jesus embodied the highest level of enlightenment” This is said without any evidence at all.
The key of it all: “Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God- consciousness.
When someone applies this they find that supposed “God consciousness” comes when:
“There is no longer a battle between good and evil.
“Fear is revealed as an illusion.”
“You feel that the world is yours as a co-creator with God.”
“Love is realized as the supreme force in the universe.”
“Jesus exists in our own awareness at a level of God-consciousness.”
This is based on nothing more than Chopra’s ideas. He is simply deceiving people who are looking for something.
Jesus did teach radical, earth changing things. But, His teaching was never about us doing something on our own to get better, or attain something. The work of God is something we receive.
This takes us to a couple of places in Scripture where we see very clearly that there is one Jesus, not three ,and that this Jesus did call people to radical things.
Whose Work Is It?
“In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. “- John 3:3
In John 3, Jesus has an encounter with Nicodemus who has a hard time grasping the idea of being born again.
Of course Chopra tries to make sense of it – “Our second birth occurs on this subtle level, where perception shifts and a person suddenly notices that spirit has always been there, like the wind that has been taken for granted.” (Chopra)
Nicodemus, in a similar state of confusion, realizes that it makes no sense for him to enter into his mother’s womb again.
He asks a key question.
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.” – John 3:9
How can this be? This was not a self-starting thing. It was something completely outside of what he could do for himself.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17
It is not you! It is Jesus.
We will pick up this thought next week. We need to wrap our minds around how helpless we are without Jesus Christ. We don’t become enlightened to some other level. We change when we trust in Jesus Christ. There is no mystical side to this, it is a real, living, personal relationship with Jesus. We need to stop looking to people, like Chopra, who have no idea what they are talking about and turn to the God who loves us and is “mighty to save.”
It comes down to Jesus– the One and Only!
Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!