Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We must stick to the teachings and principles of Jesus without depending upon a set of beliefs or a theological system that man has built around Jesus. Well-meaning people constructed these systems, but it is simply a haughty thing to believe that you can arrive at the total truth on the Creator-God and be the only one or one of a few who is right. I believe Jesus never was a Christian and doesn’t want to be.
Many people use the term “Christianity” and mean by it a personal relationship with Jesus. However, words must be chosen well in order to communicate most clearly. So, consider these five observations: FIRST: Making Christianity the primary way to God implies all other cultural religions are wrong and Christianity is right. It’s as if Christianity or Christians own Jesus. But, as Jesus is examined closely, it’s clear that he is not exclusive, but all-inclusive.
SECOND: Making Christianity the primary way to God implies and requires that Christians must convert the world. Obviously, this requires a vast array of evangelistic campaigns, exporting Christian music and Christian doctrine, which is really a brand of Christianity from the West, with the intent of changing the audience to a more western culture. The turn-off level is great and very offensive to many who don’t want to reject their culture in order to become a Christian. The truth is that only Jesus through his Spirit is able to bring about spiritual transformation. This is not a cultural transformation, but a heart transformation.
THIRD: Making Christianity the primary way to God brings with it a narrow view of God. God and Jesus are limited as being from the West. It’s a negation of God’s full creation of every culture, nation and tribe and thereby diminishing the cultural richness of the Creator-God.
FOURTH: Making Christianity the primary way to God reduces Jesus and the Kingdom to a religious system, competing for the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere. Christianity viewed in this way becomes another religious system on par with the religions of the world. Jesus and the Kingdom stand far above the many religions of the world!
FIFTH: Making Christianity the primary way to God rejects the life and teachings of Jesus. Jesus is for the entire world. Jesus never urged anyone to become a Christian or to join a Synagogue or Church. His only concern seems to be the person’s heart of faith and the subsequent act of whether or not the person becomes a follower of Jesus. He describes those followers as “those who hear my words and practice them”-ears to hear and eyes to see.
Here’s the bottom line: Christianity isn’t the way; Jesus is! Jesus unites; everything else divides!