Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Jesus - False Prophet

It's Saturday.

And Peter said to John, "Hey John, we've had a tough couple of days, but we need to move on now. Listen. I have an idea. You've always been ambitious, and you know I am. I know the timing isn't the best, but we don't have any time to lose. Let's make some use of what's just happened. Let's start a new religion!"

John replied, "What are you talking about, Peter? I'm still in shock here, and you're talking fantasy! Besides, aren't you busy enough with your fishing? You have a family to support and I need to take care of Mary. We need to get back to work."

Peter insisted, "No, no. Wait. I've been thinking about this. Jesus is dead, that's true, and it's awful. But that doesn't mean his ideas have to die with him. Everybody heard him say he was going to die and be raised again in three days. We can go steal his body from the tomb, take it out of Jerusalem, and bury him where nobody would ever find him. We can overcome the guards. They're a bunch of wimps, and they'll be way too embarrassed to say a bunch of fishermen overtook them, so they'll just lie and say they fell asleep or something. We'll take his body, then when the women go to anoint his body on Sunday, they'll find him gone, and word will get out that he's "risen." We can fan that flame, and a whole new religion will take off - and we'll be in charge! After all, we were his closest friends, so nobody would ever argue with our leadership. What'd ya think?"

John pondered Peter's idea. "Well, there was a time when he was pretty popular. He had a lot of followers, and they thought his ideas were pretty good. Actually, it might work."

Peter smiled, and John reflected. "But what about that commandment about loving and worshipping only God? If our new religion is going to be based on Jesus' teachings, won't we have to worship him or something? We'll have to make him out to be the real Son of God, right? We both know he wasn't, because, well, the real Son of God wouldn't have died, but won't we have to say that he was?"

Peter, getting more excited, said "Well, of course. The people will need to be convinced that he really WAS the Son of God. As a matter of fact, let's up the ante some. Let's say that he was actually God himself! God incarnate! Wow, that's fabulous! The people will eat it up!"

John was getting frightened. "Are you out of your mind?! That's blasphemy! If we say that, we'll burn in hell! This is nothing to play around with, Simon. And not only that, but everyone we were able to convince would burn in hell, too! You and I would be personally responsible for all of those lost souls! God would have a special place in hell just for us! Besides, who would ever follow a leader that said 'Love your enemies,' or 'Turn the other cheek,' or even 'If they steal your coat, give them your cloak, too?' That stuff's nuts. Nobody would fall in line with that! And the whole concept of salvation by grace. Who would ever buy that? People have been raised from the beginning of time believing that you have to earn what you get. Why would they ever follow a leader who said that all of the old rules have gone by the wayside now, and we have a whole new set of rules? Salvation by grace - crazy." John shook his head.

Peter lowers his voice. He speaks slowly and deliberately. "John," he said. "Listen to me. The people need something to hold on to. The Romans aren't letting up, and as much as we hoped Jesus was going to be our savior from them, he wasn't. He turned out to be a fraud. We need to accept that, but we don't need to throw the entire three and a half years away! Why make the people pay for his lies? They need encouragement. They need to feel like there's hope. We have the power to make that hope real for them."

John thought to himself. Worship a false prophet. Or worse, a false God. An idol in every sense of the word.

"I don't know." John said finally. "Are you really ready to give up the true faith in God that you were raised in? The one that was the source of your hope for your entire life? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? You know the history of our people. We have a long history of following false gods, Baal and such. You want to create another false god? Another idol-worshipping people of God? That's what it will be, you know. Just idol-worship."

Peter looked at him intently. "You in or not?"

John sighed. "Well, I can't have you running off doing this by yourself. I guess I'm in. We'll need help, though. We'll have to convince the other nine, and tomorrow's Sunday, so we'll have to do it quickly. If he's going to 'raise from the dead,' it has to be tomorrow, so we'll have to steal the body tonight. But I guess that's doable. But this is the important part. We'll have to all swear that we'll never, ever tell the truth no matter what. If even one of us buckles under the pressure, the whole thing will crumble around us. And it could get pretty sticky. The Romans have a reputation for crucifying their enemies and doing all sorts of horrible things to them. And they're going to consider us their enemies. You've thought of that?"

"Look John. The people need it, and we'll be world-class leaders. It's a little risky, sure. But isn't it worth it in the end?"

"I guess so." John replied.

Pretty ridiculous? Is your skin crawling? If you have any doubt that Jesus was exactly who He said He was, then you give the above scenario real credibility.

Jesus was Who He said He was. He was the Son of God. He IS the Son of God. He is God. How else do you explain Christianity itself? How else do you explain that twelve men, and a whole lot more in those days, gave their lives to Him? They not only gave their occupational and family lives, but they gave their physical lives in horrifying ways, one by one over a period of many years as those remaining watched, imagining their own horrific demise. To believe that Jesus is still dead, then you have to believe that twelve men gave their lives to a cause they knew was a lie, condemning themselves to a life of torture and poverty, and to an eternity in hell for their trouble. Plenty of people throughout the history of the world have died for a cause - for a leader they believed in. You could explain all of the Christian martyrs that way from the second century on. But none of them died for a cause they knew was a lie. We'll die for a belief, but not if we know it's a lie.

If it had been a lie, they'd have all known it. And nobody - not one of the twelve, in spite of eleven horrible, vicious deaths - changed their story. Think about that.

7 Comments:

At March 09, 2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Let Grace Rain Down said...

Wow Sue what a reality check. I can not even begin to imagine what the world would look like if they had done what you said. This one made me really think about how some Christians do it, believe in a lie, all the time. WEll, after all we are human. But wow, thanks for that one.

 
At March 09, 2006 10:33 AM, Blogger Sue said...

Yeah. Pretty chilling. I've actually heard that argument as one explanation of Christianity. "The disciples stole the body." People who say that just don't think it through. I woke up in the middle of the night night-before-last with that script rolling around in my head. I was glad to get it written down so I could 'clean it out,' so to speak. Thanks for your encouragement. God bless, Sue

 
At March 10, 2006 1:27 AM, Anonymous Christian Web Site said...

That was awesome way of bringing across a point, weldone.

 
At March 12, 2006 10:59 PM, Blogger Nin said...

Wow....Jesus: Liar? Lunatic?
or Lord?
It's so dissapoiting to see how so many are lost and blinded by the lie that Jesus was just another guy. I remember when the movie the Passion just came out, and I was speaking with a non-christian about it. She said that many people in those days died that way, and that it was just their custom, like as if what Jesus went through was just an average everyday crucifiction. I liked your conclusion though, you're right, if it was a lie they would've all known it, and fought and died for nothing. What a way to go...

 
At March 14, 2006 11:36 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I know. When you really reflect on it, it's impossible. Just look into history at all of the people who buckled under a lot less pressure than these men were under. There's just no way. I pray people read this and really give it some serious thought. Thanks so much to all of you for your comments and support.

 
At May 10, 2007 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe one of the biggest problems without society is our worshiping of false idols and I believe that the biggest false idol out there was created by Blizzard Ent., WorldofWarcraft. I have asked god for his guidance on this and he has shown me that more families are destroyed by this game daily than a lot of other reasons. More people miss church to play WoW than any other reason anymore.woW has its own religions, mythology, Gods(GM)and is built to entrance people making them forget about god and the beautiful world he has created for us. When people kill each other over a game or play it so much that they die of dehydration or let their 3 yr old baby die because they are too busy playing, or kill each other over items they wantrd… these are not actions the lord wants for us.He shows us love, kindness, and grace. He doesn’t show us epics or ninja looting, he doesn’t want us ignoring our brothers and sisters so we can reach a certain level or run a certain raid. I have lost alot of friends from playing this game and it has destroyed families and homes. Think about it, do the research, WorldofWarcraft has ruined almost as many lives as crack cocaine or amphetamines. Uninstall, cancel your account ask god for forgiveness, this game teaches greed and it was made by the devil to make money and draw people away from our holy father. If you do not believe me ask him yourself.

 
At August 29, 2007 10:17 AM, Blogger Sue said...

To the person who left the "Jesus really is a false prophet" link, I felt like I had to delete it because we are not to cause our brother to stumble. If I had left it there, someone with less-defined faith in Jesus might have been troubled by it. However, I invite you to e-mail me directly at Sue@opnhrt.com, and I would be happy to enter into a dialogue with you regarding your position. I honor your faith very highly, and I know that we love the same God. I would be honored to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with you.

 

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