More than a good teacher.

There are many people who think that people who are serious about loving Jesus (commonly and sometimes mockingly called “Jesus Freaks”) are unhealthy in their extreme devotion. Jesus Freaks are often looked at as judgmental, closed-minded and naive. Those who whole-heartedly love Jesus, and strive to His standard of holiness are made fun of, and ridiculed by many who find the faith pointless. However, the common view of Jesus among these people  is this: “He was a great moral teacher but nothing more than that.”

I personally do not understand this line of thinking. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I believe this simply can not be true. Either Jesus is God – deserving of our worship, love, service and reverence. OR, he was psychotic, a liar and one of the most evil men to walk the earth. It HAS to be one or the other.

Evil? Why would He have to be evil? Well, because He knowingly deceived many people. Jesus does not teach that all roads lead to God. Jesus teaches that He is the ONLY way to God.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes  to the Father except through Me’.”  John 14:6

Multiple times in the Bible, He claims to forgive sins. In Mark 2 when Jesus heals a paralyzed man and declares his sins forgiven, bystanders comment “this man is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

He allows people to worship Him over and over and over again!

This is insane, right? Yes. Unless He is exactly who He says He is.  Listen to what He told His followers:

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20

In my life, Jesus has proven to me that He is exactly who the Bible says He is. So I challenge you to this.

If you are in the middle of the road, thinking that maybe all roads lead to God and Jesus could be one of those ways remember this. Jesus said He is the ONLY way. If you are a person who believes that Jesus was just another great moral teacher, I challenge you to go to the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, and read exactly what He taught. You may think you already know what it says, but just read it again.

Read it, and draw your own conclusion. He can not be just a great example of morality and peace. He taught much more than that. Read it for yourself.

Our society has trained us to just do what everyone else is doing. We adopt popular opinions without doing the investigating OURSELVES. Why gamble with eternity? Are you really willing to follow the opinions of others even if they lead you to hell? Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. That is why if you are a Christian, you should be serious in your walk with the Lord, and recognize the fallen world we are living in.  If you are not a Christian, you should familiarize yourself with the message Jesus gave through the Bible and decide whether to accept it as truth, or reject it. The choice is yours. At least make an informed decision.

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