Is Jesus the Meanest Person Who Ever Lived?
by James Robison
Today anyone with convictions concerning basic principles essential to freedom, security and human flourishing are ridiculed and attacked by those who continually cry out for tolerance. The only thing not to be tolerated is what others see as intolerance. In other words, if you disagree with certain morals and practices, you will not be tolerated. This, of course, means that Christians who take the Bible seriously must be silenced.
John W. Traphagan, a professor of religious studies at the University of Texas-Austin, put it this way in The Huffington Post:
In many ways the big turn-off for many of us non-Christians is precisely that kind of arrogance, found in the firm and not very humble conviction that there is only one truth and … when it involves evangelism, the arrogance quickly can turn into a condescending attempt to “save” those of us don’t seem to recognize the wonderful things being done on our behalf and even can lead to violence.
On this view, Jesus was the meanest person who ever lived. After all, He said emphatically, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father [God] but by Me.” What does our secular, “open-minded,” create-your-own-reality culture think of that? “I’m an educated man — what do I look like marrying a woman who insists Christ and scripture are the only valid life paths?” asked one writer at the website Madame Noire. “An idiot, that’s what.”
So then we are fools for Christ, as the apostle Paul put it. The wisdom of God is foolishness to the world. So be it. If you want to know Truth, if you want to know the way to live and experience abundant, everlasting life, He is the way. Not a way, but the only way.
This doesn’t mean we cannot find wisdom among non-Christians. All humans are made in the image of God, and the apostle Paul even says God has made himself known to all men through his Creation. Theologians call this God’s general revelation, and they call His touching the hearts of all of sinful humanity common grace. But while all this is true, Jesus makes clear that no one will ever get to God the Creator apart from Jesus Christ.
Jesus even went on to say, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” And many other such statements from Him can be found in the Gospels. Such outlandish statements! This man must not be tolerated, the spirit of the age says. He must be cast down, thrown out, done away with, executed. Get rid of this preposterous person who has the audacity to declare that He is the only way to life and the only way to God. What insane, dangerous arrogance!
This is the wrong response to Jesus Christ, but there is one element of clarity in it. The one responding this way realizes that there can be no vague, comforting talk of Jesus as the wise, merely human teacher…
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