Real Jesus vs Fake Jesus
A teaching from Paul in II Corinthians 11:4 lay it bare that there is fake Jesus.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted,…
Apostle John expresses the same thing in I John 4:1,
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Now which is the correct Jesus, correct spirit or correct gospel? I’ll take love, a fundamental topic in Christianity, to show my point.
What is love?
Apostle John describes love in I John 4:10 & 7
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
7 … for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
So, love is what was manifested when God would not spare his only begotten son and gave him as a propitiation for our sins.
In other words, God is love, and nowhere else is love. The love has to come out of God. And this love was manifested in Jesus on the cross. When you receive Jesus and obtain forgiveness of sins and the consequences of it, you have love in you. Otherwise you have no love!
This love is only available in (within) Christ. Today church is outside of Christ, so no love! Am I making this up? Soon I’ll show from what Jesus said about love.
We see many people do acts of love. A person sees someone in danger, he helps him. A parent does a brave act to save his/her son. Are they born-again to consider these acts of love? Are these love in the context of “Love your enemies”, “Let us love one another” etc. etc. No! These acts are not considered love in biblical sense.
Imagine you are container. God pours his love in this container. You hold it and share it with others, that is love. There is no boasting here, as this love is not yours but God’s.
Jesus said in Luke 7:47, (read also the incident and the story given in the surrounding verses)
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
So there is one to whom nothing is forgiven, to whom the consequences of sin are not taken away, he/she cannot truly love!
What is being preached?
Today Christianity considers dictionary definition as bible definition of love. A Christian is being taught to act in a way a kind-hearted human would act to think that it is an act of love, while his/her heart is wicked all along. That’s the problem.
So, this bible love is not about cultivating a good habit that comes by practice in the normal sense!
And, love is not just about the act, it includes a divine heart condition that goes with it.
So, which is the correct Jesus/spirit/gospel?
Now what comes to your mind immediately about this teaching - wrong teaching, right teaching or not sure?? Let’s examine. If you think it is wrong teaching, obviously you and I are not following the same Jesus (or teaching). You and I are following different Jesus’s!! That’s obvious and undeniable. But which is the correct Jesus?
The same apostle John, who describes love in I John 4:10, says in one of the preceding verses who is following the correct Jesus/spirit. I John 4:6 goes,
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
I think a better translation for spirit of error might be sprit of deception. So if you can’t hear/listen/accept what apostle John said in I John 4:7,10, you need to be careful on what kind of Jesus and what kind of spirit have you received in your churches!
More thoughts on the message of love
I will use the below to illustrate the difference between natural love in a human and divine love poured in a born again person.
To be able to find one’s way in night time, one needs light. This light can be from a torch light with a battery or from a lamp with oil, both self-contained units to give one light. If this light would be from moon, the moon should be able to receive the light from sun to shine it out. You can be the self-contained torch light or lamp to shine light (love) for someone, or can be a dependent moon to shine light (love) for someone. What difference, after all both helps that someone?? The difference is, it not about that someone, it is about you and you only!! When God can raise up children for Abraham from stones, he does not need your help to help someone. What he is looking for is your and my obedience! The moon light (love) cannot boast as its source is sun. This way love exhibited is pure and has the characteristics of what Paul describes in I Corinthians 13. And the glory would be God’s. This is the type of love God wants to show in your life upon others. Any other love to the least is selfish, to hypocritical, and to the most wickedness.