Forklift Theology

Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.

Which Jesus is which?

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Sometimes large loads require a pilot vehicle. The reason for this is simple. Some loads are just so large that the truck hauling it needs another vehicle to run ahead, and alert others of the large load. Normally, this isn’t too big an issue. However, at night, things can get a bit complicated. Even more so if another pilot vehicle happens to be out on the road. Depending on road, and weather conditions, it wouldn’t take much for a driver to mistake one pilot vehicle from another, especially if the respective pilot vehicles are the same type of vehicle.

What about following a false Christ? Can that happen? Absolutely.

Over the years, there are a few odd statements I’ve heard from people who don’t attend church, and even from those who do attend church. These statements are as follows:

“I simply believe in Jesus, but I’m not a Christian”.

“I don’t read the Bible, but I believe in Jesus”.

“I don’t need to go to church to follow Jesus”.

Those three are just a sampling of many such statements I’ve heard since I first began attending church regularly in 1996. Many of them are based upon some form of self righteousness, usually affirmed by the modern world, and its cultural rejection of the church. All of this simply for the worship of self, and the self being an idol.

However, let’s consider the statements presented here, and the truth behind.

“I don’t need to go to church to follow Jesus”.

Wrong. People like to use this one to justify not attending church. Usually it is coupled with the idea they can worship God in nature. This is mysticism. In fact, if you were truly following Jesus, you would realize that he attended the synagogue (which is very much similar to the modern concept of church) regularly. This can be found in Luke 4:16, where it reads:

“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.”

Yes, it is true that people of the synagogue rose up against Christ Jesus, and sought to throw him off a cliff, as he words offended them. However, it is still very true that he attended worship service regularly, thus giving no excuse to those who claim to follow him, for not attending church.

However, there is still more. That middle statement is kind of odd.

“I don’t read the Bible, but I believe in Jesus”.

OK. So how is it you know about Jesus? What Jesus is it that you believe in? Truthfully, the only place in our modern world that we can find Jesus is the Bible. We won’t find him in a field, or forest. We won’t find him in a secret room in a big city, or in a cottage in a small town. In fact the Bible says plainly that there will be false prophets, and false Christs. This is written in Matthew 24:24, and Mark 13:22. Hint: If you don’t read the Bible, you will most assuredly be following a false Jesus.

What about believing in Jesus? If all you do is believe, how are you any better than a fallen angel? It is written James 2:19 “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” So, simply believing just isn’t enough. James goes on to say that our works are a part of faith, so that belief alone is not the answer.

Finally, all that is left is that first statement. Yes, I started from the bottom and worked my way up. I did so for a reason. That first claim is perhaps the most ludicrous in the bunch.

“I believe in Jesus, but I’m not a Christian”.

Seriously? Do you not know that one who is a Christian is a follower of Christ Jesus, as we were first called so in Antioch as recorded in Acts 11:26, and later by King Agrippa in Acts 26:28. So it is, if you believe in Christ Jesus, and are a follower, then you are a Christian. It is an inescapable conclusion, to follow Christ makes you a Christian.

If you don’t read the Bible, and you don’t attend church, you likely believe in a false Christ, not the Christ of scripture, who died upon the cross for your sins, and rose from the grave that you may inherit everlasting life. If you deny being a Christian, yet say you believe in Jesus, you are following a Jesus of your own making, and not the only begotten son of God. If you do not follow the example of Christ Jesus, you have only made for yourself, an idol.

If you realize that you have done this, you should repent. God is merciful and just. He will forgive you. Then you should seriously take the time to read the Bible, and see just who Jesus was. Lastly, you should follow the example of Jesus, and attend church regularly, where you can hear his word, and receive his sacraments, which he gave to his disciples. Then it is that you will be following the real Jesus.

Following the wrong pilot car can lead a load to the wrong destination. Following the wrong Jesus can lead you straight into Hell. Especially if it is a Jesus of your own creation.

What of the picture above? That is of two images of Jesus. The one on the right is an artists impression of Jesus, based upon cultural bias. The one on the left is an image of Jesus based upon the area in which he would have lived, and the people among whom he would have been born into. In truth, both are probably wrong. However, you won’t find Jesus in a painting, or any other image. Only in his words, as recorded in the Bible, and his sacraments, as also recorded in the Bible. Anything else is an idol.

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This entry was posted on 24/01/2016 by in Ceremonial and Moral Law, History, Idols, Law and Gospel, Sin and tagged , , , , , , .
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