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.
JESUS CHRIST DID NOT CHOOSE HIS DISCIPLES FROM THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE. JESUS CHRIST DID NOT CHOOSE HIS DISCIPLES FROM AMONG THE SYNAGOGUE LEADERS. IN FACT, JESUS CHRIST FOUGHT WITH PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES, WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED TODAY’S EQUIVALENT OF THEOLOGIANS FOR JUDAISM. LIKE MANY THEOLOGIANS OF TODAY, THESE THEOLOGIANS WERE NOT READY OR WILLING TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THE MESSIAH AND THE BIBLE AS THE WORD OF GOD THAT UPHOLDS THE DEITY AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF JESUS CHRIST. KNOWING THEIR HEARTS, JESUS CHRIST CHOSE HIS DISCIPLES FROM HARD-WORKING BLUE-COLOR WORKERS (FISHERMEN) WHO WERE WILLING TO PUT THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST AND WORK TO SPREAD JESUS CHRIST’S MESSAGE WITHOUT COMPROMISE TO OTHERS. MANY THEOLOGIANS, EVEN TODAY, COMPROMISE WITH THE WORLD AND RENEGOTIATE THE BIBLE IN WAYS THAT SOCIAL ELITES CAN DIGEST. SOME SEEM SATISFIED WITH JUST TALKING THEOLOGY. BUT THIS IS NOT WHAT JESUS CHRIST WANTS. JESUS CHRIST NEVER SAID, “COME FOLLOW ME, SO THAT WE CAN STUDY THEOLOGY TOGETHER!” TRUE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST DO NOT CONFINE THEMSELVES TO THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSIONS, BUT WORK HARD TO WIN DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST. THAT WAS THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF JESUS CHRIST IN PICKING HIS DISCIPLES. IN MATTHEW 4:19, JESUS CHRIST SAYS, “FOLLOW ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN.“
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