There’s no end to the things
people will say about the Lord Jesus these days. Every
philosophy, every religion, every loose crank will rattle
off some idle description, some pointless explanation,
some uninformed interpretation of who Jesus really was,
and/or what Jesus was all about. If we make the mistake of
looking to the world for spiritual truth (or even for
verification of that truth), we will not last long as
believers in Jesus Christ.
This is nothing new. Old manuscripts show that such things
were going on as early as the fourth century. Whenever God
speaks and acts, the enemy is also eager to speak and act
in some way, trying to draw away from the real -- just as
in the Garden, the serpent pulled Eve’s attention to the
forbidden tree, while the tree of life stood not far away,
Had the early Christians not been filled with God’s
Spirit, and had they not already had the true Scriptures
in circulation among the churches, the false
philosophizing might have gained a foothold even among
true believers. Even as it was, the Spirit of God leads
Paul to write:
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in
him and established in the faith, just as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you
captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to
human tradition, according to the ‘elemental spirits’ of
the universe, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians
By the Spirit of God the Bible stands, as it has for a
great many generations, as the unbroken Word of God. But
the world is still in darkness, in the very grip of evil.
When Moses began writing the Law of God, in Genesis
through Deuteronomy, the foul stench of false religions
already filled many nations. Human nature is corrupt,
often rejecting the pure in favor of the rotten, the
false, the polluted.
Even the people of God were infected with cravings for
false gods, false religion, and polluted worship, from the
days of Moses all the way into the very days when Israel
was forced out of their homeland (see the book of
Jeremiah). And in the days of Jesus, while religious
leaders made a lout of pious noise, insisting that there
is only one God, they in fact held their own human
traditions and customs as more precious than the promises,
warnings, and commands of God.
Today, it is not so different.
Because today’s church is so weak in faith, because we are
slow in our willingness to obey and love God, and timid in
our public expressions of the truth, the enemy is bold to
use his own puppets and his own dupes to offer false
teaching in the name of faith, and even in the name of
God. In ancient times, a corrupt king built two golden
idols and called them by God's own sacred Name. And today
the enemy uses men and women who have no knowledge of the
truth to mislead many as to the true nature of God and of
Jesus Christ. Falsehood speaks in the name of God.
But people in the Western world have no excuse. The truth
is not only "out there" but right here among us, within
our very grasp. Bibles abound in the English language, and
in many other languages. Scholarly editions of the
original Greek and Aramaic manuscripts also abound.
Archaeology has published its findings, not for the sake
of the church, but for the whole world to see. Public
libraries carry the evidences of centuries of research and
discovery. My own bookcases are filled with ancient
editions of the Bible, both Christian and Jewish. There is
no excuse for being misled into thinking that the Bible is
not God's Word.
But according to Scripture, unbelievers will always exist,
right up until the Lord wipes Satan himself off the face
of the earth. And these things do not happen until after
Jesus has reigned on the earth for a thousand years.
Think about that: Even after Jesus Christ Himself has
ruled this planet for a thousand years, unbelievers will
still be around to rise up against God and His people. The
book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ (last book of the
Bible) makes that clear enough.
And so today, with all the information we have, we also
have unbelievers who refuse to learn anything. They are
too infatuated with their own ideas, their own daydreams,
their own religious philosophizing. So many people claim
to want only facts and truth, yet so few really care about
truth even enough to dig a little for themselves. They’ll
accept any garbage offered to them that speaks against the
Bible, but will not take the time to discover God's Word
in Scripture for themselves. For me, this is just so much
more proof that human nature is twisted, bent, broken,
Again, the Bible says that it will be so. John 3:17-20
says it this way:
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to
condemn the world, but in order that the world might be
saved through him. Those who believe in him are not
condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned
already, because they have not believed in the name of the
only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light
has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather
than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do
evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that
their deeds may not be exposed.”
The bottom line: people tend to love their sins more than
they care to know the truth. If the truth threatens them
with change, they will reject the truth in favor of any
false idea that allows them to continue in sin. In fact,
most people will run from anything that even talks about
the reality of sin. And they will not follow the real
Jesus Christ because Jesus exposes sin for what it is.
Yet Jesus Christ was a real human being. He was born. He
walked and spoke, and He fasted, abstaining from food for
some 40 days and nights. He was a real human being. He
bled real blood, just as He said He would. He was really
nailed to a Roman cross. He really died. He was really
buried. He really rose up again from the dead -- the only
human being to ever conquer death and the grave. Yet He
conquered death and the grave not just for Himself, but
also for everyone who believes in Him.
What about the evidence?
Unbelievers sometimes claim that there is no evidence that
Jesus ever really lived or died or rose again. But they
say this because they are rejecting God's Holy Spirit --
and the Bible record -- preferring to cling to their own
imaginations, instead. Thousands of ancient New Testament
manuscripts still exist, some of them from all the way
back into the time of the apostles. And that’s thousands
more witnesses than the almost nonexistent manuscript
evidences we have of other ancient figures such as Homer,
Socrates, Aristotle, and others that we would never think
Why do some religious leaders and so-called scholars want
to get rid of Jesus Christ? The answer is very simple.
They have no love for the truth, and Jesus is the Truth.
They have no interest in knowing God, preferring their own
ideas and traditions instead. Yet Jesus is the one and
only Way to God. And these unbelievers are dead,
spiritually, having never turned to God in repentance.
They hate the light. They hate the bountiful life of God.
And Jesus Christ is the perfect Light of God and the
unbounded Life of God.
If anyone desires to know God, to know the real facts
about Jesus Christ, then all they need to do is read the
Bible for themselves. Read with the intent of allowing God
to show you the truth.
For those unfamiliar with Scripture, I suggest starting in
the Gospel of Mark (2nd book in the New Testament portion
of the Bible). It’s a short Gospel tract, and will not
take long to read. Next, you should move on to John's
Gospel. I suggest reading that book twice in order to
absorb as much information as possible. And then, read the
other two Gospels: Matthew and Luke. And from there, you
might want to read the Acts (5th NT book) and so on.
The point is, get the facts for yourself. Before you go
running off to drink form a crumbling and stagnant well,
first drink good and long and deep from the fresh flowing
spring of God. Before you start trying to learn from the
counterfeits, study the real thing. Only the real Word of
God, applied to our hearts by the Spirit of God, will
satisfy the longing of a heart that's hungry for God’s
truth and reality.