Liberal Christianity And Jesus

There are many in this world that profess to be Christians, yet do not accept the fact that Jesus was and is God, Himself. They do not accept the fact that one of the main topics that Jesus taught was that He was God, specifically the Son of God (Jehovah). They are teaching that Jesus was a good teacher and that we should listen to His teachings. However, is this even possible if He was only a teacher?

What Did Jesus Teach About Himself?

If you believe that Jesus was only a great teacher and taught the great truths of God, you have a dilemma. What teachings of Jesus are you going to accept and which ones are you going to reject? Yes, Jesus taught us how we should be living and we need to heed those teachings.

However, Jesus also taught some things about Himself that liberal Christians do not accept. Where do we draw the line? When do we accept what He taught and when do we reject what He taught? If Jesus taught the truth, you must accept the fact that He taught that He was not an ordinary man, but was equal with God, that is, He was and is God.

Jesus told Philip in John 14:9 (NIV): “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” Again, we find that when Jesus was praying to His Father in heaven, He said in John 17:5 (NIV): “And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

When Jesus was referring to Himself, He said in John 6:62 (NIV): “What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before!” Again, it is recorded in Mark 14:61-62 (NIV): “the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?’ ‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’”

Jesus Taught That He Was Coming Again To The Earth

Keep in mind that whenever the term “Son of Man” is used, it is referring to Jesus. In fact, Jesus used that term many times in referring to Himself.

The whole chapter of Matt. 24 is a discourse that Jesus gave about His returning to the earth. He told His disciples that He would return when no one expected Him to return. Luke 12:40 (NIV): “You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

The Angels Declared That He Was Coming Again

When Jesus left the earth, He bodily rose up into the heavens. Acts 1:9 (NIV): “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Then, two angels appeared to them and said in Acts 1:11 (NIV): “‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”

If you want to find out more about this, read some of my other articles on the Second Coming of Jesus e.g. The First and Second Coming of Jesus and The Second Coming of Jesus.

Is The Bible God’s Holy Word?

Liberal Christianity does not accept the fact that the Bible is God’s Holy Word. They believe that the Bible only contains God’s Word and it is up to us to determine which is God’s Word and which is not. The problem with this belief is that it puts us in the position of being god. In other words, it is our job to determine what is true and what is not true.

There is also another problem. How powerful is God? If God created the universe and all that is in it, including us, then why is He not powerful enough to give us His Word in a book such as our Bible?

Liberal Christianity Does Not Believe That Jesus Is Coming Again

Liberal Christianity has negated the truth of the Bible. They have proclaimed that the Scriptures say things that are simply not true. For instance, they say that the Gospel writers thought that Jesus would come back in their own lifetime. Although there are some passages that seem to indicate this, if you study everything that they wrote, you know that this is simply not true.

For instance, they teach that Paul taught that Jesus was coming back within his own lifetime. This seemed to be true at first because Paul was so excited about His coming again. But if you study his later writings, after he matured in the faith, he changed his mind about this. Paul taught that Jesus was coming again, but we cannot know when.

The reason that liberal Christians cannot accept the fact that Jesus is coming again is that they do not believe that Jesus was and is actually God. They do not believe in the incarnation, that is, that Jesus came to the earth the first time to give us the gift of salvation. In other words, if Jesus did not come from heaven the first time, He certainly cannot come a second time.

Liberal Christians believe that the Second Coming only refers to the idea that God will bring to perfect completion the work that was begun through Christ. With the world going in the direction that it is, I do not understand how anyone can believe this.

Did Jesus Teach The Truth?

If you are in a liberal Christian church, ask the leaders what they believe about Jesus. Ask them that if they believe that Jesus did teach the truth, why do they not believe what He taught about Himself?

The truth is that either Jesus was (and is) who He said that He was or He was the greatest liar the world has ever seen. If we cannot believe what Jesus taught about Himself, how can we believe anything else that He taught?

The Whole Bible Points To Jesus And His Salvation

There are hundreds of prophecies throughout the Old Testament that point to the coming Messiah. The whole New Testament reveals that Jesus fulfilled every one of those prophecies. The Old Testament reveals that eternal life, that is, the ability to live eternally forever in heaven with God is centered on the Messiah. The New Testament reveals that eternal life can only come through Jesus Christ, who fulfilled the prophecies of the coming Messiah.

You have a choice to make. You either accept what the Bible says about Jesus or you can reject it. If you accept it, you know that you are going to spend eternity with Jesus in heaven. What if you reject it? There is only one other place to spend eternity, and that is outside the presence of God. We call that place hell. Where do you think you will spend eternity?

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