Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Why Is Jesus The The Most Divisive Name in Human History? Acts 4;12.

People use his name as a curse, and speak it with disgust. What is it about the name of Jesus that gets people so angry?

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12. NIV.
Ancient Romans persecuted the Church not because Christians believed in one God, but because the Christians proclaimed salvation is in the name of Jesus alone. Today we are expected to tolerate anything except the doctrine that salvation is in Jesus alone.

We love the little baby Jesus born in a manger to a couple of homeless underclass oppressed people. We love the Jesus suffering on the cross as a martyr for his teachings. We love the story of Jesus’ resurrection in defiant victory that empowers his followers, but we can’t stand the idea that we get saved through Jesus alone.

There is much about Jesus that offends people. The biggest is that he taught that he alone is the way of salvation. He said things he said like, “I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6).

That we need to be saved suggest that we are sinners, and that God is not happy with us. People want their own salvation, one earned by good deeds, good citizenship, charity, and proper voting record. We do not like God saying that even our finest deeds are not good enough before His absolute holiness, (Isaiah 64:6).

Jesus' followers offend us. We see them as messed up sinners who needed salvation; then they become the saved who tell everybody that you can be free from guilt, free from judgment and eternal damnation by coming to Jesus too.

The Bible teaches there is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved. Isn't salvation and God's love worth embracing those things that offend in order to be free from sin and judgment; and to have eternal life?

To learn more about coming to Jesus see my other blog.

(c) Adron

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