The bottom line of the Bible, a legal document and indictment against the inhabitants of the Earth, is one of release from prison or no release. Saved or unsaved. Eternity in heaven or hell. It transcends all other issue that confront mankind, and yet for all of that, it is ignored.
The question then becomes, why is this most important legal document ignored? Is it ignorance of the facts? Is it a hidden hatred for the creator? Is it because mankind actually is under the influence and sway of a spiritual entity that does not want HIS SUBJECTS to understand their predicament? The facts would tend to confirm all of the above!
Most people view the Bible has some sort of “religious” book. In reality it is not. Jesus Christ did not bring a NEW RELIGION to planet Earth. He actually came to terminate “religions” of the world, pointing out that religions are nothing more than an attempt to AVOID the real truth of man’s reality, and further an attempt to avoid unpleasant accusations. It was mankind who turned Jesus Christ into a religion called Chistianity. John tells us it would become a monster, dressed like a lamb, with the heart of a dragon.
How can we say this when the world considers Jesus Christ a religious leader? Well, that is an easy one – for the world thinks a lot of things that are not true at all – like at one time everyone said the world was flat, but did that make it true? Or that Hitler might be a good guy? Or Stalin a wonderful leader? Or Mao and his cultural revolution were wonderful attempts at “change”? Or that the Earth is the center of the Universe? Science tell us that this or that is the real truth, only to come back a year later and revise it. A state of constant flux, constant change. What is true today is not true tomorrow.
The question is why does mankind constantly want to change? Change from what? Is something always wrong, is something always missing that requires us to want to “change”? Obama is a good example of “change”. Change to what? What difference does it make, let’s just “change”, for maybe if we change this or change that, it will make things better. Utopia is just around the corner, all we have to do is change everything, get rid of all of those who refuse to change, and presto, bingo, Utopia is here. Never mind the millions od dead bodies we had to get rid of, after all, we have now “arrived”.
But what if Jesus Christ came here to tell us that mankind was unable to change to anything worthwhile? That all of this constant uproar to “change’ was just hollow promises that lead nowhere? That there was something inherently wrong with mankind? That man was a fallen creature, destined for constant sorrow and finally passes away to even greater sorrow? That all of the theologies and philosophies and “isms” and wars were in fact utterly worthless and lead to “Nowheresville”. Maybe we need to change our planets name from Earth to “Nowheresville”. Do you think?
What a blow to mankind’s arrogant ego to be told such things!! Wow! Who does this dirty little carpenter, who has no formal education at all, who has never associated with the worlds big thinkers, think He is, going around telling people that they are lost, blind, wrenched, miserable, naked and in dire need of a real FIX? Maybe that is why we needed to convert His message into a “religion” so we could kick that can around a bit, toss it aside, or embrace it as our needs vary and our cultures vary as well. It could be said that what is good for the goose is not always good for the gander, so that lets millions of souls off the hook, right? Why not Islam? It is as good as anything else, right? Christian? Who needs that anyhow? Only those with weak minds and even weaker spirits!!
So it seems that mankind, troubled as he is with all of his wars, rumors of war, his penchants for lies, murder, rapes and thefts is OK. All of that is ignored, swept under the rug, it is not seen. The mind lies, and tells the soul, “all is well, all is wonderful”, when of course the reality is quite different. It appears that the human race insists upon looking at the real world with a pair of rose colored glasses, a filter in the mind, as it were, to make life a little more pleasant, to give us a reason to go on when we do not feel like going on. However, sooner or later the true reality of who and what we are as fallen creatures arrives, stares us in the face. Sort of like Proverbs says “when your fear cometh…” What fear?
What is there to fear we say to ourselves. The world is OK, I am OK, and we are all OK, but we know it is not true, we just attempt to convince ourselves it is, so we can get through another day. The TV, you know, that motion picture machine in everyone’s living room, bedroom, bathroom, car, office, Ipad or Ipod gives us a chance to escape, so we do not have to face the ultimate reality, the one the Lord so conveniently hid away from us so we could at least function a little. But then, as Jesus said, one day we must face the reality of it all – and for most people, it is far too late to do anything about it.
Why? Because we made a “religion” out of a very simple message, changed it all into ritual and rhetoric, all of which makes us feel good and we all can go home and KNOW we are OK with the Lord and the Universe. Sleep well, gentle minds. Never take off your rose colored glasses for if you do, reality will hit you right between the eyes.
So what did Jesus bring with Him if not a religion? It is so simple and then even Paul mentions the SIMPLICITY OF THE CROSS. But it is hidden in front of us. It is right under our noses every day, every hour, every minute. WE DO NOT LOVE AS WE OUGHT. We cannot love as we ought, no matter how hard we try. So to avoid this issue, we turn to ritual and law keeping. “If I just think right thoughts, go to Church, help out here and there, do good deeds and all of that, well, God will approve of me and I will be OK. ” Simply untrue. It is not even the issue whatsoever.
The issue between man and his Creator is not a sin issue, not a religious issue whatsoever, it is merely a LOVE TYPE ISSUE. What has TRUE LOVE TO DO WITH RELIGION? The hard answer is NOTHING. Religions whitewash, cover you outside, make you look important so you can strut around and show everyone how good and great you are, how “holy” you are, how “religious” you are! Jesus calls all of this whitewashing – worthless and DEADLY attempts to avoid the real truth. The human heart, the Bible tells us, is evil, so utterly depraved there is no cure whatsoever. You cannot fix that which is utterly depraved and broken. We don’t want to hear that one. It stings, cuts to the quick, tears at the heart. “NO, NO, NO”, we scream into the night. “It cannot be so, I refuse to hear it!” So we never pick up the cross to find out if it is true or not. But what if it is? What then?
Christ, on the other hand, CLEANSES you from the inside out with his radical love type given to you at authentic rebirth. But before He does that, he forces you to face a very harsh and hard reality – you are worthless, a vile, evil sinner, a soul destined for hell and eternal ruin. He does it via the STRAIT GATE and the NARROW WAY. It is most vile and unpleasant journey, despised by the world, a way seldom traveled, and traveled all alone, one by one, as the Lord calls each soul to true Biblical repentance.
So we come full circle, to be saved or unsaved. To enter in or not enter in. To walk the journey of the NARROW WAY, or not walk it at all. To meet your creator face to face while you are still alive or reject it as so much hogwash and fanciful thinking. In the end of it all, you will meet your Creator, face to face. If you have previously met Him via the NARROW WAY and the REVELATION OF CHRIST, He will meet you with OPEN ARMS IN A LOVING EMBRACE. Otherwise, it will not go good for you. As an old man once said, “life is hard, then you die and go to a worse place…” It is a very true statement of fact.