You may know that CNN is running a series about Jesus. I haven’t watched it (because I never watch CNN), but I have to admit that I’m a little suspicious. Nevertheless, I'll refrain from passing judgment on something I haven’t seen.
In their article published last week, the author talks about Jesus’ teachings. And that's all fine and dandy, except Jesus is so much more than a teacher...
One of the problems that the left has is they think all religions are the same. They say that in one form or another all religions TEACH you how to live your life and therefore you can choose your religion like you choose what brand of milk you want to buy.
It’s interesting to point out that while liberals REJECT religions (particularly, Christianity) somehow they feel they’re EXPERTS on religion – enough to criticize them…and us...
In any case if you’re a Christian you know perfectly well that not all religions are the same. In fact, Christianity is NOT a religion – it's a THEOLOGY.
You see, in order to understand the difference between Christianity and other religions, you need to understand God's CHARACTER. You need to understand who Jesus IS.
The late D. James Kennedy, pastor of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, used to tell a very effective story to explain why Christianity IS NOT about teaching, but about SAVING GRACE.
The story Dr. Kennedy used to tell to explain Jesus was about a man who falls into a pit about 10 feet deep and 15 feet square. In the pit there’s a gigantic, venomous snake slowly approaching the man who begins to panic. He cries, he yells for help incessantly while the snake slowly but surely moves closer and closer to the man. You can imagine the man’s desperation.
Finally a Buddhist comes along. If you know anything about Buddha you know that he was a man who spent hours and hours on end under a tree trying to figure out why people are so unhappy. Eventually he came up with the idea that people are unhappy because they want things they don’t have. So this Buddhist tells the man in the pit ‘sit down in lotus position, close your eyes and tell yourself this is where you want to be. In this pit with this snake and you’ll be fine’. The man does exactly that, but after his final ‘om’ he isn't convinced and opens his eyes only to realize the snake was much too close for comfort. He jumps over the snake to the other side of the pit and continues shouting for help.
A Hindu shows up and tells the poor man in the pit: ‘close your eyes and tell yourself “this pit doesn’t exist. The snake doesn’t exist” and you’ll be fine’. The man does exactly that, but when he opens his eyes he spots the snake drawing nearer again – he leaps over the snake to the other side one more time and continues screaming for help.
Finally Jesus comes along and He jumps into the pit to join the man. He stands between the man and the snake and immediately helps the man out of the pit by pushing him all the way up to safety. As the man is now safe, the snake gets closer and closer to Jesus, who is still in the pit, and BITES Him…and Jesus dies…
Jesus DIED FOR US.
Buddha didn’t die for us.
Allah didn’t die for us.
Confucius didn’t die for us.
Only Jesus DIED for us.
You see, Christianity is NOT about TEACHINGS – it’s about SALVATION.
Buddha spent years meditating under a tree seeking enlightenment.
Jesus wasn’t looking for enlightenment – He came to SAVE YOU. He gave HIS LIFE for you.
But Jesus is our SAVIOR!
Jesus answered, “I am the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
We bring you the TRUTH that the Left denies you. You'll live a more joyful and victorious life, because the Truth will set you free...