|Posted by GFNSProductions on June 16, 2014 at 3:40 AM|
I had an interesting conversation with my cousin today on the topic of religion, sin, and other terms/obstacles that hinder some of us from coming to know God more intimately. As a result, I have decided to make these topics the subject of this and upcoming blogs as they are probably one of the most controversial, if not the most common, reasons why people say they just can't be cool with Jesus.
First of all, who is this man we call “Jesus”? Why give so much attention to an individual that lived so long ago? To address this first question, I ask you a few others: “Have you ever wondered why we call today 2014? What happened 2014 years ago on this earth that rocked civilization as we now it?” For one, it must have been something significant enough to merit our attention 2014 years later despite of all the technological advancements that have taken place during this recent century. Well, if you must know: 2014 years ago heralded the approximate arrival of Jesus birth on this earth. His arrival was so monumental that no other event in the history of man has affected the world to the point where even our current understanding of time revolves around HIM. You then, must ask: “Why? What did He do?” Miracles, my friend. The type of stuff that you only see in movies nowadays. Such things that have never been done prior, nor repeated since. He brought others and Himself back to life after more than 3 days in the grave. He flew. He walked on water. He controlled the weather by the sound of His voice. So much more can be said of him, that space and time would fail me if I were to continue. Think of Superman, then picture someone doing the exact same things and greater right in front of you. Well, my friend: That is Jesus! Then picture someone writing it down. You can call them a back in the day Louis Lane if you wish. This is what you will find in the Gospels (The Books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John). These are eye witness accounts of His actual presence on this earth being documented with geographical landmarks and historical points of reference for your verification that these events really did happen. Within which, You will hear the actual words of a man who claimed to be, “The One & Only Begotten Son of God” and what He did while He was on this earth.
Next point, How reliable are those documents. Some argue, that the Bible has been changed over the course of history. For this point, I direct your attention to the dead sea scrolls as an example. If you are not familiar with what they are, then look it up on google for more information. But for the purpose of expediency, I will limit my explanation to the fact that they were a set of lost biblical scriptures from around the time of Christ and recovered in this recent 20th century. These scrolls were compared to the current versions of the Hebrew Scriptures that we currently have on hand, and they were found to be accurate aka unaltered. Basically, this should alleviate any doubts that God is incapable of preserving His word if He were to make an effort to provide it to us in the first place (which He did). After all, man is but a grasshopper in comparison to the stature and might of God so who could possibly think that they can beat Him in an arm wrestling match. (Isaiah 40:22) He won't allow His word to be destroyed by anyone, for as Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33)
Next, we address the case of the credibility of the eye witness accounts of Jesus' homies. Who hasn't heard the term “Snitches get stitches.” Well, in their case it was more like, “Snitches get decapitated, fed alive to lions, nailed to trees, and other gruesome torturous horrors.” You see, back then Jesus' crew were being killed left and right because of them telling the truth of what they had seen. The governmental and religious authorities didn't want the status quo to be disturbed by a crew of young bucks whose main leader was younger than I am right now, so they killed them. Who do you know would be willing to die for a lie? (Hebrews 11:35b to 12:3) Yet, they all boldly approached their deaths due to the assurance they had received from seeing their Boss killed and come back to life 3 days later. (Acts 4:20) In fact, it wasn't just the twelve closest members of His crew that saw Him come back to life, but the records state that as much as five hundred people at once saw him after the resurrection. (1st Corinthians 15:6) Again, they weren't giving out door prizes for seeing Jesus back then, instead everyone who claimed to have seen Him was persecuted to the point of martyrdom in many cases. (Acts 6) So I ask you again, “Why would so many people have a death wish if what they were saying wasn't worth dying for?”
For now, just let these points soak in. You can try reasoning your way out of them as much as you want to your detriment, or you can trust that what has been written down for your benefit is accurate and go from there. The choice is yours and only yours, but don't make the mistake of pushing away the hand that wishes to pull you out of the fire as so many have done before you and will continue to do after you.