Pastor's Corner

8 Mar
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Mid-Week Challenge

We have heard some pretty good conspiracy theories recently.  Everything from Russians to wiretaps to our TVs spying on us has the news media running wild.  One needs not be a conspiracy junky to appreciate the creativity of some in our media when it comes to spinning a twitter post or leaked document.  Because so much of our news today is sensationalized it takes a lot to get my attention while watching the evening news or skimming news headlines.  One story, however, did give me pause.  CNN is replaying a series called “Finding Jesus” which interviews several religious scholars and writers along with those who do not believe Jesus actually existed. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/living/jesus-debate-man-versus-myth/index.html

In the article Decoding Jesus: Separating man from myth, writers such as Robert Price, a former Baptist pastor argues in "Deconstructing Jesus" that a historical Jesus probably didn't exist and Timothy Freke, author of "The Jesus Mysteries: Was the 'Original Jesus' a Pagan God?" are interviewed.  Both writers claim historical evidence, or lack of, suggest Jesus never existed.  They cite ancient pagan parallel stories and the lack of historical writings outside the Bible as proof.  I have read both these authors before and their evidence is about as strong as a wiretapping claim.  These are old arguments and their rationale has been disproven many times over but the problem now is increased technology in the way of communication.  

It is the old, “if you tell a lie enough it becomes true.”  These conspiracy theorists have found a new market for their books in internet traffic.  It has long been understood that most folks don’t investigate what they read on the internet to see if it is true.  Many find these works for the first time and believe them to be new, groundbreaking discoveries.  In reality they are just old lies repackaged in new covers.  The alarming thing to me is the question being asked “what difference does it make if Jesus was real or not.  If the idea of his existing makes a difference in someone’s life what harm does it cause? 

A lot, because the physical person of Christ is what makes the difference.  His life, death, burial and resurrection cannot be separated. It meant so much to those who witnessed it that they gave their life to tell the story.  The idea of something is never as good as the real thing!  

Satan knows that he has lost so he will never stop trying to discredit the work of Christ as long as he has time.  Don’t believe everything you hear.  Become a self-feeder by taking time to read the Bible and follow-up on stories you read online and hear reported on the news.  God has given us the ability to obtain wisdom, why not ask Him for direction. 

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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