There are a lot of things that are said by people that are assumed to be true or ascribed to a person that are not. Just recently, a Facebook friend found something I misquoted. I was very happy that he pointed that out, and I will be correcting that issue.
Unfortunately, there are many people who, when shown the truth of a matter, insist on believing what they want to believe despite the fact that it is false. Even worse, many of these people are Christians who would rather believe a lie than to uphold the actual teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul in the New Testament witness. My question is, is a person who does this a “believer” in Christ or rather a believer in something quite different?
Two particular issues stand out for me, as I hear them all the time. The first one is the idea that “individual salvation” and “individual freedom” come from the Bible, and the second is that the “new” covenant eliminated the need of God’s people to be Torah observant. Neither of these two ideas is Biblical. Rather, they are ideas over a hundred years after Jesus and Paul left the Earth by people who took incredible creative license without any authority to do it.
Yet, Christians still act as though these ideas were originated by the New Testament writers or worse yet as if they were spoken from the pages of Scripture.
We laugh at the idea of Jesus with a cell phone, but really have no clue about anachronisms that are not products of our contemporary age and worldview. Has anyone thought that if they saw Jesus on the street and called out the name “Jesus”, He would keep on walking? Why? Because it wasn’t His name! We assume that the first century community (because there was NO CHURCH) is just like the church down the street. That assumption could not be farther from the truth.
It is imperative that Christians become knowledgeable about Christian history as it relates to the Jewish religion of Jesus and the Apostles as the validity of Christianity as a religion hangs in the balance. We do not have the “individual freedom” to do whatever we want with no consequences to the rest of the body, Jew and Gentile, who by the way are not separate religious bodies. It is Christian ignorance that keeps Jesus from returning. He is waiting for us to act. When we do what HE already told us to do, but we ignore, then perhaps He’ll return. Hopefully He will not decide enough is enough, and bring judgment. I believe Jonathan Edwards sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” might apply here.
Feigned ignorance due to complacency on our parts will not rescue us from whatever consequences result in a falling away from God. So, if you are a Christian, and you don’t know Jesus’ real name, real religion, and real mission…I’d start looking. You never know when there might be a pop quiz.