Of all the names written or spoken of in all of man's history on this earth, none has caused as much division among men, than the glorious Name of JESUS Christ, my Lord. Jesus was a historical, real person who lived in the occupied land of Israel by Rome some 2000 years ago, and since His birth, life, death, and resurrection, the secular world has tried unsuccessfully to marginalize the blessed Name of this God/Man who came into the world for one reason, to die for your sins and mine.
The secular world has a real problem with the only sinless man that ever lived and established His Church on this earth on the Day of Pentecost in every believer that receives His Holy Spirit. I know this is a broad subject, so let me in a few words try and express why the Name of JESUS causes so much conflict in this world and makes unrepentant mankind angry just at the mention of His Name and why YOU need Him in your life.
Note that there are two monotheistic religions that dominate the so called “modern” earth we live on, that being Christianity and Islam. Christianity in all its forms, some true, some not so true, comprise nearly 2.2 billion or 31.5% of the population and Islam (totally untrue) 1.6 billion or 22.3% of the population according the numbers posted on Wikipedia. Since Jesus ascension into heaven, men have attempted to suppress the “faith once delivered” to our fathers, but if you say the name of Allah, there is not even a peep from the secular world and they promote it as a religion of “peace and love”. Really?
The world and its leaders take great pains to forward this message about Islam even as the adherents of this so called “religion” murder and rape all who will not follow their beliefs and embrace the false god, Allah. Right off the bat, there is a clue that this “religion” is not about peace and love, as all men claim God is love. But understand that religion is not God. Religion is man's attempt to explain what they think God wants, or their attempt to make themselves acceptable to God. I”ve often said that religion would be a great thing, if man were not involved in it. Why? Because men pervert the message to their own self interest and make a mockery of Who God really is.
You can make anything your religion. Any old god will do..just pick one and make it your focus of worship. The world is full of false religions or man's attempt to justify himself, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, or about every “-ism” you can name or you can just make up one of your own to suit yourself. But its not about religion, as even the Lord Jesus emphasized when He met the Samarian woman at the well.
"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. . . But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:21.23-24)
Jesus came to change all the religious traditions that had distorted the true worship of a Holy God and when on earth, although He was a God of love, His message did not promote “peace and love”. He came not to bring peace, but a sword.'
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matthew 10:34-36)
Jesus railed at the established religion of His day when He blasted the religious authorities for their hypocrisy and their “traditions”.
9”And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Followers of Jesus Christ are anything but a religion or traditions. It is a personal relationship with THE God that created the universe, based on the knowledge that all men are sinners are in need of a Savior.
But religion is a practice of trying to make yourself acceptable to God by your own endeavors by balancing the scales of good and evil by doing more good than evil. So when religious or political leaders use the phrase “peace and love” when they speak of Islam, they reveal they don't know what they are speaking of.
ISLAM IS HOLY???
During the present administration of the current POTUS, this “usurper in chief” has never failed to promote the “religion” of Islam. He can say that Islam is holy and the Koran is holy legitimizing “Allah” as holy and his “prophet” Mohammed as this “god's” messenger. Even with the belief of “separation of church and state” you will hear not a peep out of the ACLU.
All the organizations that battle Christianity and the mention of the very word “Jesus” in our schools and the Ten Commandment on any government property,
promote Islam all day long without fear of lawsuits. Indeed, there exist in the American school system, MANDATORY curriculums that amount to immersion courses in Islam, complete with the taking of an Islamic name, studying the Koran, and practicing Islamic rituals. but goes bananas when they attempt to profess America “One nation under God”. Why is that?
Well, the obvious answer to that question why Jesus and anything or anyone that mentions the God of the Bible producing a visceral response, is that Allah is nothing but a false god and its “religion” is nothing but a political movment. It doesn't really make much sense, when you realize that this false religion of Islam is promoting murder and mayhem all over the world, but you mention the name of Jesus and you get immediate revulsion that you even breathed His Name. Muslims world wide are planning at this very moment their next murderous attack on the infidels that they hate so much for not bowing the knee to their hateful ideology.
But this so called POTUS, promotes Islam at every convenient moment he can, and he calls himself a “christian”? I think not.
Further, because Islam and its god is false, there is no threat from speaking or teaching about Islam...not to the world, and especially not to Satan as they are on the same side. Not so with the Name of Jesus, because Jesus is real and the True God of the Bible. To the secular world all the different gods are more or less the same, so who cares?Except for Jesus. There is something about Jesus and they can't stand it.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY
True blood washed Christians are condemned by the political and secular world, because we make Jesus and the salvation He provides as exclusive. Since we know that is their reason, “I can identify with that condemnation on their part” because I concur with their assessment. Men don't like that Jesus as the only Way, and being so exclusive. They want to have many different ways to justify themselves. They push the idea, just like Oprah Winfrey did on her now cancelled show, when she expressed that there were many ways to come to God. She likened it to a hub with its many spokes on the wheel. Just as there are many spokes, or ways to come to the center of the hub, there are many ways to come to God, “Just be a good person” she quips.
Problem is with her analogy, is Jesus (for lack of a better explanation) is an exclusive way to God, or an “exclusive club”. As the opening verse so aptly explains:
“....I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6b)
That's exclusive. There is no other way. No amount of good works, no belief in some other god or spoke in that wheel, no amount of giving to the church, no amount of confession before your priest, so exclusively there is NO other way, but Jesus.
The apostle John explained is so easily and completely when he wrote in his Gospel of John beginning with the 1st verses:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:1-5)
The root and the trunk of the born again doctrine found in the bible is found in John's Gospel and centers on chapter 3. The other gospel writers do not expressly say it, but provide supporting evidence of this essential truth. In this gospel, John proclaimed the divinity of Jesus Christ, as Jesus talks of light, darkness, baptism, and the Temple of God in the first three chapters of the Gospel of John. Symbolism is used to illustrate the spiritual with the physical. Many of the symbols Jesus uses are understood by the people Jesus spoke to.
Then came the Apostle to the point of the whole of your Bible, when he wrote what Jesus said to Nicodemus in John chapter 3:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosover believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life”
God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but the world through Him, might be saved.”
When Jesus proclaimed the spiritual truth in a physical way to the masses in the synagogue at Caperneum, some couldn't grasp what He was saying:John 6:54-58
“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides [or "lives," or "dwells," or "continues"] in Me [That is, He is saying that it is a life-giving substance.], and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
Thinking in physical terms, this idea repulsed most of the disciples and those who heard and many left Him, as they didn’t understand the spiritual application of the New Covenant of His death and resurrection and symbolized when we take the bread and the wine at the Lord’s Supper and commemorating this act of total surrender for our redemption.
If you want to know the man, Jesus Christ, you need to start at the Gospel in the New Testament that proclaimed His divinity, His earthly ministry, and His death leading to His resurrection, as the first born of the dead. That Gospel is John. John uses the last days of Jesus ministry leading to the cross to illustrate who Jesus was, and what He did for all mankind. If you wish to understand how God the Son came down from glory and became a man with only one mission, to save mankind, then you must start at John and study the witnessed account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ up close and personal. Then read the surrounding gospels that support it, and read into the Pauline epistles of the man Paul, who met Jesus in His glorified state and how it changed his life.
COMPARE THIS WITH ISLAM
If you start dissecting the “religion” of Islam, you quickly discover that the basic concept is a “god of war”, death and destruction. Led by an evil man who proclaimed this false god from all the polytheistic gods of the Arabian deserts and narrowed it down to one “feminine” moon goddess and made Allah male and a book of the Koran was written many years after Mohammed's death containing war verses of jihad, or holy war against infidels, or non-believers. Logically, if this “allah” is “holy” then how does one, being a mortal man come into his presence? By committing hideous acts of murder and conquest and becoming a abomination in front of other men? How does that logically compute? If “allah” is sinless and holy, then how does a murderer enter into his presence? Show me one place where this Allah was just, loving, or showed himself divine? Can't think of one? Neither can I, because there are none. Point being, Islam is not a true “religion”, but a political ideology of evil men on a quest for domination of other men. What one entity that is described in your bible would compare to this description of Allah?