If you ask various people who Jesus is, you will 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 and wine of the Eucharist change into Jesus’ literal body, soul and spirit during the Mass and he is then ingested into one’s stomach.
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; he claimed to be the Messiah; healed people with sorcery and was stoned and hung on a tree for his magic and blasphemy for claiming to be the Son of God.
New Agers believe Jesus is an adept, guru or one of the “ascended masters” in the spirit realm (or other spheres).
Some Hindus believe Jesus is one of the avatars of their multitude of deities, while some Buddhists see Him as a Bodhisattva (or enlightened one).
Rosicrucians believe their Jesus is the highest initiate of the Sun god while some Wiccans claim Jesus and the 12 disciples were one of their number. Famous witch, Selena Fox, said in an interview that “Jesus Christ was a witch … the path of Wicca and its love consciousness is real similar to what Christ was espousing.”
If you observe the world’s religious landscape, you will find that virtually every cult or religious system pays lip service to Jesus in one way or the other. So, the fact that someone makes reference to “Jesus” in his/her teachings doesn’t automatically mean he/she is referring to the Jesus of the Bible. Only the Bible, God’s Word, reveals Who Jesus really is.
Jesus Christ is God who became a Man in order to save mankind from the everlasting separation that resulted from man’s sins. Jesus satisfied the perfect justice of God by His once-and-for-all payment for the sins of humanity through His death on the cross. His resurrection assures the salvation of all those who acknowledge their sins before God, their inability to save themselves and who by grace through faith accept His sacrifice on their behalf and His free gift of eternal life. This is how one is reconciled to God and born again spiritually (John 10:30-33; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:2; Hebrews 10;10-12; John 3:16; Is. 59:2; Romans 1:3-4, Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:20).
The primary way to have a relationship with Jesus Christ is by reading the revelation of Himself given in the Bible (John 5:39). Many people usually get into erroneous Christology by:
I. Getting their information about Jesus from sources outside the Bible e.g false scriptures, mystic books, fallen angels and occult trances.
II. Embracing false Christs which are taught by people distorting the Bible and/or someone’s personal imaginations. For example, people involved in the “Emerging church” movement adhere to a mixture of ideas about Jesus drawn from several religions which they try to superimpose on the Bible.
When a person trusts in “another Jesus” he will also believe in “another gospel” and such beliefs are backed up by “another spirit” (2 Cor. 11:4). Such defective views of Christ can also spread even among Bible believing Christians.
For instance, some Christians believe Jesus is simply a “heavenly father Christmas” – he only exists to dole out money, food, mansions, luxury cars and private jets to His people. Others preach a passive, indulgent and feminized Jesus that will never speak against sin, call men to repentance or send anyone to Hell. 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 good old boy who takes pleasure in cooking and gardening; he laughs at crude jokes; he 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).
All three speak as “oracles of God” giving insights and explanations that are not found in the Bible. Though the world may love this type of Jesus, it’s 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, Book II, The Last Temptation of Jesus and The Passion of the Christ (a hybrid of Mel Gibson’s imaginations about Christ and the hallucinations of a mystic Catholic nun). Sadly, many people take these movie accounts as true, and even use pictures of these false Christs as fetishes.
There are also some cartoons (e.g Family Guy), music videos and TV shows in which Jesus is portrayed as a womanizer, drunkard, joker or thug. These are blasphemies, not entertainment; and these slanders have become a tradition in popular culture because we do not physically fight to defend our Saviour.
The current antagonism against Jesus we are witnessing 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, demeans and 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, it is our duty to tear down from people’s minds imaginations, ideologies and strongholds that exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ and present to them the Jesus of the Bible.