PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
EddyDeepfield
 
Comments: 39
Article views: 912
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all EddyDeepfield's badges.
 

Did God send Jesus?

23 April 2013, 09:42

Did God send Jesus? 

In order to respond to this pertinent question ‘did God send Jesus’ let’s pay heed to the very words of the master found in the Gospel of John 17. During this prayer to God the Father, Jesus expresses hope that the world will know that he was sent by God. 

“ ….Then the world will know that you sent me …” (*) 

According to Jesus unbelievers will know; that God had sent him when they observe the love and unity within the Christian community. The implication is that they will then convert to Christianity out of admiration. If it is genuine then Jesus was sent by God and a powerful argument is born to convince sceptics that Jesus; must be the Son of God, his love is an awesome thing to experience and Christianity “is” thus the only “true” religion. 

However the converse also applies if love and unity is not found in Christianity then God did not send Jesus. So are Christians completely at consensus with each other as Jesus has prayed for and do they love outsiders (unbelievers, gays, atheists, sceptics etc.)? Does Jesus live in them and do they live in Jesus? And does Jesus really love you as an outsider to the faith, if you reject him? 

There are many different cultures, ethnic and language groupings under the Christian banner and as a result of this one would not expect there to be conformity but one would nevertheless expect to find Christians united in fulfilment of this prayer of Jesus. But to any outside observer Christians are anything but united. According to Jesus if he was sent by God there would only be ONE united Christian Church. But there is not. There are many Christian Churches competing for your dutiful allegiance, hard earned tithes and offerings.

Even the main tenets of Christian dogma are disputed between: Catholics and Protestants and Orthodox and Pentecostals and Charismatics and Liberals and Evangelicals. They are all at odds with each other. Each one thinking they have the true revelation from God. Each one has valid point’s criticizing the other ones position. 

Some believe in the Genesis creation story while others accept theistic evolution. Some believe in the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection while others do not. Some believe the Bible is to be taken literally others do not think that is wise in today’s scientific world. Some think that the Pope is Gods representative on earth others think he is the devils representative. 

Some believe Jesus has already come back again, others think he will come back again before the tribulation or in the middle or at the end. Some think Jesus can heal today others say miracles ended in apostolic times. Some say you must speak to God in angelic tongues, others say that is not necessary. Some say you must go to Church, others believe that is not necessary as where ever you are; is the Church. 

Some believe in the trinity others think that it is wrong to do so. Some think that Jesus is God (Jesus only) others that Jesus is the Son of God and some think that he is God the Son. Some think that you must baptise converts by total submersion in water and only if they are at the age of understanding others think sprinkling water on babies is okay. 

Some say you must go to purgatory (pre heaven) before heaven and only if you are in their Church. Others say you must be “born again” and you will be married to Jesus in heaven - even if you were a serial killer or mad dictator before you became “born again.” To some churches homosexuality and woman preachers are kosher while in some others it is of the devil. 

The problem within Christian circles is not only division, but divisiveness, within congregations as well as between (and within) denominations.  If there are a hundred people in a particular congregation you would find almost just as many different interpretations of God and his will. Every one has his own pet doctrine, idea and opinion. Christianity is whatever you want it to be. Go to any large Town and you will find four Churches of different persuasions opposite each other at the same four-way intersection vying for your allegiance. In some Towns you will find congregations splitting in two or more parts as elders rebel and start new daughter churches in defiance of oversight. 

The truth is that Christianity has never been a monolithic faith. Even in apostolic times the different apostles opposed one another. Paul and Apollo did not sit at the same table. Paul did not submit to Peter, James and John’s revelation of Christianity and vice versa. Even Churches under Paul’s oversight were racked with disunity, division and “false teaching”. 

Paul in acknowledgement of this disunity does damage control by reprimanding the divided Corinthian church by saying to them that they have chopped up Christ into little pieces. In a pathetic attempt to engender unity to the “body of Christ” he asserts, despite evidence to the contrary that there is only one God, one Jesus, one baptism and one Church. Despite Paul’s and many other Christian apologists desperate efforts down through the centuries this lack of Christian consensus does not impress convince or persuade any outsider to believe that Jesus was sent by God; rather the contrary, Jesus remains hidden by all the confusion. Where is he? If God sent him the whole world would know. 

In fact the obvious disunity, division and schisms are proof that Christianity is man made and not divine. The body of Christ has not been built by God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, but by men. The gates of hell were not needed to bring the walls of the Church tumbling down the unfulfilled prayer of Jesus has sufficed.  The Church is supposed to be the “body of Christ” with Jesus as the head. But that is not the case as the thirty six thousand different Christian Churches (and counting) bare testimony to the fact that there must be thirty six thousand different and competing : Lord Jesus Christs, baptisms, faiths, Father Gods, “bodies of Christ”, creeds etc  Which one is the true one? Which one was sent by God? 

Many honest Christians accept that there is no unity within Christianity and this understanding motivates them to pray for unity - alas in vain. Embarrassed Christian apologists tell us that they are already united by; having one Lord and one Father and one Baptism. But that is not really true because the Church IS divided and that makes the prayer of Jesus look stupid. We have a hard enough time understanding one another living in today’s world. We disagree about everything and we are constantly correcting misunderstandings about what we have said. So it stands to reason that this prayer of Christ’s set up Christianity to fail. 

The only way Christians can wriggle out of this conundrum is for God to reveal himself today on the great issues that divide Christianity.  Let Jesus and God reveal himself to us like he/they did to the apostles. In the meantime the disunity within Christianity illuminates the fact that the Holy Spirit failed in his mission to bring unity down through the centuries. This fact provides more than sufficient evidence that God did NOT send Jesus. 

When faith and not evidence is the basis for what you think then anything you imagine to be true can be believed. And when your subjects are superstitious, gullible and illiterate they will believe anything you tell them. In the next part we will expose the other half of the unity/love issue to scrutiny and see if Christian love is deep, real and vital or superficial, fake and imagined.

To be contd. -  Did God send Jesus Part 2

(*) John 17:23 (20 – 26) (NIV)                      

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
39 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Karlito
Beware! The old new computer supp...

Working in IT for the last 20 years, I often forget that many people use their computer like an appliance, surfing the internet and writing mails. Read more...

7 comments 360 views
The nation's fear

All of us dream of being better people in the society. We can only achieve that dream if we can understand our past and recognise the injustices of the past and find ways of moving together as one nation.  Read more...

4 comments 73 views
Submitted by
Lethiwe Mdluli
Have you suddenly developed a fea...

Flying has always been considered as the safest way of travelling until this fact was questioned because of the recent tragic events surrounding airplanes. Read more...

8 comments 194 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Iran is next or what ?

Seems the Gaza drama will not end soon. How long before the Israelis are forced to deal with Iran? Read more...

8 comments 260 views
Submitted by
Greypatriot
Ending the Malema revolt

During the past five years Julius Malema has become a deadly threat to future public order and peace. He has grown in fame and popularity as a radical youth and political party leader, way beyond the expectations of critics and experts.  Read more...

39 comments 992 views
Submitted by
John Comyn
Eskom have hijacked us

Anyone out there seen their electricity bill this month? I live in an apartment and my bill has gone from approximately R600 to just over R1000. Read more...

5 comments 133 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.