If you ask various people who Jesus is, you will likely get different answers. This is because there are different beliefs people have about Jesus.
Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Jesus is a created god and the archangel Michael. Mormons believe Jesus is Lucifer’s spirit brother who was also married with children. Christian Scientists believe Jesus was just a man on whom the “Christ empowerment” came. Roman Catholicism teaches that their “bread” changes into Jesus – body, soul and spirit – during the Mass.
What of world religions? Islam believes Jesus is one of the messengers of Allah who was neither the Son of God nor died on a cross. The Jewish Talmuds teach that Jesus was an illegitimate child born to a scoundrel and a harlot; claimed to be the Messiah; used sorcery to heal people and was killed for his blasphemies. New Agers believe Jesus is an adept or “ascended master.” Some Hindus believe he is one of their multitude of deities, while some Buddhists see Him as a bodhisattiva (or enlightened one).
Rosicrucians believe he is the highest initiate of the Sun god. Wiccans too claim Jesus and the 12 disciples as part of them. Famous witch, Selena Fox, in an interview said: “Jesus Christ was a witch…the path of Wicca and its love consciousness is real similar to what Christ was espousing.”
Every religious system pays lip service to Jesus in one way or the other. Granted, that someone makes reference to “Jesus” doesn’t automatically mean He is referring to the Jesus of the Bible. Only the Bible, God’s Word, reveals Who Jesus really is.
Jesus Christ is God (Jh 10:30-33) who became Man (1Tim 2:5) in order to save mankind from the everlasting separation that resulted from man’s sins (Jh 3:16). By His death on the cross, He paid the penalty for the sins of humanity (Is. 59:2). His resurrection assures the salvation of all those who acknowledge their sins before God, and their inablity to save themselves and who by grace through faith accept His sacrifice on their behalf and His free gift of eternal life (Rom. 1:3-4, Eph. 2:8). This is what it means to be born again (Gal. 2:20).
The primary way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ is by reading the revelation of Himself given in Scripture. People get into erroneous Christology by:
I. Getting their information about Jesus from sources outside the Bible e.g false scriptures, mystic books, occult trances or visions.
II. Embracing false Christs taught by people distorting the Bible or from someone’s personal imaginations. When a person trusts in “another Jesus” he will also believe in “another gospel” and such beliefs are backed up by “another spirit” (2Cor 11:4).
Such defective views of Christ can also spread among Bible believing Christians. For example, some Christians believe Jesus is a sort of “heavenly father Christmas” – who only exists to dole out mansions, cars, and cash to people. Others believe in a feminized Jesus that will never judge or condemn anyone. They arrive at these teachings by either exaggerating or suppressing an attribute of Christ. In the “Christian” novel, The Shack, (by William Young), Jesus is portrayed as a man who takes pleasure in cooking and gardening; laughs at crude jokes; enjoys hugging, kissing and laughing with the other two persons of the “Trinity” (God is portrayed as an overweight black woman and the Holy Spirit as an Asian woman). This is not the Jesus or God of the Bible.
Hollywood movies also “re-tailor” Jesus to fit an ideology or for mockery e.g Jesus Christ Superstar, Oh God! Corpus Christi, Judas, and The Passion of the Christ (which presents a thoroughly Catholic “version” of Christ). Sadly, many people take these movie accounts as true, and even use pictures of these false Christs as fetishes.
There are also cartoons (e.g Family Guy), music videos and other TV shows in which Jesus is portrayed as a womanizer, drunkard or thug. These are blasphemies, not entertainment. And these slanders have become a tradition in pop culture because we do not physically fight to defend our Saviour.
This current antagonism against Jesus is an operation of “the spirit of antichrist” (1John 4:3) preparing the way for the final Antichrist. The prefix anti is from a Greek word meaning “against” or “in place of.” Therefore, every system of religion or thought that attacks or opposes the Jesus of the Bible is controlled by the spirit of antichrist. Every system that attempts to replace Jesus Christ – either with a human figure, an organization or a work of men’s hands – is also a manifestation of the antichrist spirit.
In the mean time, its our duty to tear down from people’s minds imaginations, ideologies and strongholds that exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ.