Many so-called Christians today like to assume that Jesus Christ wanted good things for earth. So, they say things like, “Jesus is love. He wouldn’t do that!” This kind of saying is an evidence of influence by secular, humanistic love concept, which assumes that a higher being only loves and does not hate. This is not a Christian concept, bur rather a secular, humanistic concept grounded in the secular humanism ideals. If you read the Holy Bible for yourself, you will see that God punishes humans who stand against God’s Law by killing them through natural disasters (flood, famine, drought, etc.) as well as through strengthening of enemies (Book of Jeremiah) who bring destruction on the people who stand against God (Israelites in the Book of Jeremiah). God bring more disasters and terrible tragedies on earth than He brings blessings and good things. In fact, out of all the Israelites who were brought out of Egypt by Moses, only Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land; everyone else who was born in Egypt died on the way to the Promised Land, after decades of suffering in the wilderness and desert, battling enemies. But some Christians say that this is the god of the Old Testament and not Jesus Christ. Is this claim justified? Does Jesus Christ only want good things for people of earth and the earth itself? We can look to the Gospels for the answer to this question. In Luke 12:49, Jesus Christ declares: “I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze!” Jesus Christ is here talking about divine punishment and destruction. In fact, in 70 AD, Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Roman army and the Roman army expelled all Jews from Israel. The country of Israel ceased to exist for 2,000 years. Some people in California may think that the wild fires in California are the work of the Devil. This is not necessarily so. It could be Jesus Christ punishing California. Can you think of what California has done that may warrant divine punishment from Jesus Christ who is God?
Many Christians today are influenced by humanistic, secular value system of unconditional love and acceptance, regardless of what people do or reject. Thus, they project onto Jesus Christ of the Bible and history their secular, humanistic ideals of unconditional love. Jesus Christ never loved unconditionally. Jesus Christ gave salvation only to those who accepted Him as their personal Savior and Christ rejected and condemned those who did not accept Him as their personal LORD and Savior. Despite what the Bible shows, many Christians today are blinded by the secular, humanistic worldview that they unwittingly are a part of and unconsciously endorse. But it is important to read the Bible and see what the Bible actually teaches. Humans can err and go away from the Bible. It happened to Adam and Eve, and it could happen to you. The answer to the question – “Did Jesus Christ ever threaten people’s lives?” – shows whether you are influenced by secular, humanistic worldview or if you are submitting to the Bible and Bible’s authority. Some like to say that God in the Old Testament threatened and punished, but Jesus Christ in the New Testament just loved unconditionally. That just is not true. Christ Jesus never loved (or loves) unconditionally. This is nowhere more clear than when Jesus Christ threatened people with death, if they do not repent. Jesus Christ says in Luke 13:4-5: “Or those 18 that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed–do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well!” The New Testament is clear on showing Jesus Christ as threatening people with death if they do not repent. In the Age of Grace, God does and will kill people physically as divine punishment for not repenting. Thus, cancer and terminal illnesses that people get and die from pre-maturely can be seen as punishment from God for sinning/not repenting. There are exceptions (Job), but the exceptions prove the rule. Bible is the Truth, and God (Jesus Christ) is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
In modern humanistic culture that has been shaped and molded by Political Correctness, anger itself is seen as evil or prosecutable. Thus, some preachers in TV portray Jesus Christ as never having become angry. This is certainly untrue, of course. Anyone who reads the Bible can see that Jesus Christ was angry often. Unfortunately, many people follow the humanistic values of the world, rather than the Bible. Thus, there are many wrong portrayals of Jesus Christ, which is evident in light of the Bible itself. Jesus Christ was often angry, especially at the leaders of Judaism, like the Pharisees and the Sadducees. But Jesus Christ is God. Maybe it’s okay for Christ to be angry, but not okay for His followers to be angry? This is a question that is asked by some of you. Is it okay to be angry or is anger itself wrong for human beings? Bible never condemns anger. In the Gospels, Jesus Christ never condemns anger, either. In fact, Jesus Christ is careful to distinguish between anger that is not justified and anger that is justified. Christ condemns anger that has no righteous cause. In Matthew 5:22, Jesus Christ says: “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” It is wrong to be angry with someone without a cause, which is justified. But it is okay to be angry with someone for a justifiable cause. Thus, Christians who are angry with the Senate for not defunding Planned Parenthood would be justified in their anger, since abortion is murder of babies. Have a look at the anger shared by Donald Trump, who is running for US President in 2016: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/04/politics/donald-trump-government-shutdown-planned-parenthood/
Denial. When there is pain, there could be denial. When there is rejection, there could be denial. The fact that Jesus Christ cursed Jewish cities often solicits denial, because it causes pain and it is a form of extreme rejection. This may be most pronounced among Jewish Christians, especially those who are sensitive about their Jewish roots (like in the Book of Galatians). We are a product of our past and our heritage, to a large extent. It is not always easy to escape our blood-kinship ties or leave behind that which is so familiar to us. Some new converts to Christianity hold on to them and sometimes this ultimately brings about their downfall. In some Christian denominations, over 10% of the clergy are Jewish converts to Christianity. There is nothing wrong with that, and true Christians welcome more conversions from Jews and people of other religions. But whatever our heritage, our past, or our blood, we cannot deny the Bible. Bible clearly emphasized that Jesus Christ cursed Jewish cities. The better question is to ask why? Luke 10:13-14 provides an explanation in the sayings of Jesus Christ: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you….” We see here that Jesus Christ cursed Jewish cities because Jews rejected Jesus Christ.
The New Testament shows that true Christians can have moments of doubt, even about Jesus Christ. This is clear from when John the Baptist was imprisoned. John the Baptist had his doubts, so he sent messengers to ask Jesus Christ, “Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus Christ understood that humans (even preachers) can have moments of weakness, so Christ sent reassurances to John the Baptist that He is the Divine Messiah. If you are a Christian who has moments of doubt, that does not necessarily mean that you are not truly born-again. It is possible for you as a human being to have moments of weakness. But the important thing is for you to seek reassurances from God as John the Baptist did and ask God to give you faith.
Many people like to say that all humans are children of God. Although God creates everyone and ultimately God is the Creator of all things, it is incorrect to say that every human being is a child of God. How do we know this? Jesus of Nazareth taught us that not everyone is a child of God. If you are shaking your head, right now, it is because you have been influenced by secular, humanistic love concept that emphasizes that God loves all and God is the father of all. That is more a pagan idea, than a Christian idea. Bible shows what the Christian concept is. We know that not everyone is a child of God, because God calls some people children of the Devil. You cannot be both a child of God and a child of Satan, can you? In John 8:44, Jesus Christ says to the Jews who do not accept Him as God: “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.” We see from this claim of Jesus Christ that not everyone is a child of God. Only those who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and God are the children of God.
Some Christians think that there is a different way that Jews will be saved – a way that is different from other people. Under this impression, some Christians think of Jews and Israel as special and some even call themselves “Christian Zionists”. But the Bible is clear. Everyone, whether Jew or Gentile, are saved by Christ alone. Everyone has to, out of their own free will, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior God and believe that it was the death of Jesus Christ on the cross that redeems them. Those who do not believe this will not be saved. in other words, anyone who does not believe that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, who died and rose from the death on the cross in order to save humans, will be going to eternal damnation in Hell. Thus, all Jews (and Gentiles!) who do not accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior God will be spending eternity in everlasting torment, torture, suffering, and unquenchable burning fire. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. All other religions – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Janism, etc. – lead to eternal damnation. In John 14:6, Jesus Christ declares: ““I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Only Jesus Saves. Another Christian ministry also has good response to this question; follow this link: http://www.gotquestions.org/Jews-saved.html. (Note: One point of disagreement with Got Question Ministry is that historically Catholic and Protestant Christians have argued that God rejected Jews as His Chosen People when Jews, according to the Gospels, killed God’s Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ and rejected Him. These Christians point to 70 AD, when Israel was completely destroyed by Roman democracy as proof. Jews were dispersed for 2,000 years until the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.)
Many people assume that we are to bless those who reject the Christian Gospel. They often confuse the concept of love that Jesus Christ taught in a way that excludes the specific instructions by Jesus Christ about evangelism and discipleship. Unfortunately, in the 21st century, even some evangelical Christians have gone away from the Bible in their understanding of what Christ Himself taught for His church. This wrong attitude is often directed by a misguided sense of love that is more humanistic in nature rather than Biblical in focus. This is nowhere more clear than the instructions Jesus Christ gave to those who evangelize. Many people assume that Christians are to bless those who reject the Christian Gospel. But this just is not true. The Bible has specific instructions for Christians who share the Gospel and experience rejection of the Christian Gospel. In Luke 9:5, Jesus Christ instructs His disciples: “And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” In other words, Christians are to testify to God’s judgment against the people who do not accept the Christian Gospel and welcome the disciples of Christ. If this instruction of Jesus Christ makes you feel uncomfortable, this means that your worldview is not completely Biblical in nature. Perhaps, you are influenced by a humanistic concept of unconditional love, rather than what the Bible teaches.
Luke 2:7 shows that Jesus Christ was born in a manger, because there was no guest room available at the inn. Of course, God could have made a comfortable room for Mary to give birth to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ could have been born in a 5-star hotel. But the reason why this is not the case is that Jesus (who is God the Son) wanted to illustrate what was happening. God Himself had lowered Himself by taking on human flesh in the Incarnation. The very act of God taking on human flesh was akin to a human being having to give birth in a manger, a place for animals. in a sense, through analogy, people could understand the significance of God becoming man in order to give humans salvation. Thus, the lowly birth in a manger illustrates the extent to which God had lowered Himself because God is love and wanted to save human beings from eternal damnation in Hell. Often in the Bible, we see visualization of a Bible principle. This is the case with many of the prophets in the Old Testament, whose life often illustrated how God was working in history. Thus, God not making the birth of Jesus a more comfortable event shows what God had done on account of His love for humans. It helps to understand the Incarnation, better.
Some Christians call themselves “Christian Zionists”, but is this a good thing in light of the Gospels in the New Testament? Many so-called Christian Zionists think that Jesus Christ has/had a good relationship with the Jerusalem Temple and its priests. Let’s look at the Bible to see what the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Jerusalem Temple was like, while Jesus Christ walked on earth. John 11 shows the official position that the Jerusalem Temple priests took toward Jesus Christ. What was that? We see the Jerusalem High Priest expounding the official position of the Jerusalem Temple toward Jesus Christ in John 11:49-50: “But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.'” Jerusalem Temple priests saw Jesus Christ as a national security threat and wanted Jesus Christ to die, rather than endanger the nation of Israel. It was the exclusive claim of Jesus Christ to be the Divine Messiah that not only offended the Jerusalem Temple priests, who rejected this, but also made the Jerusalem Temple priests to fear that the Roman Empire would retaliate against Israel because of Jesus Christ. That is one reason why the Jerusalem Temple wanted Jesus Christ dead. And the Passion Narratives of the Gospels show that the Jerusalem Temple ultimately succeeded in their goal.