A few years ago, I witnessed the aftermath of a hit and run accident. A motorcyclist was hit by a car that drove off and left the rider lying next to the road. I was the first person on the scene and all I could do was provide a blanket to keep the rider warm. The police arrived shortly after I did and I was able to leave. The rider was severely injured, but would survive. He was lucid, had severe road rash, and safely off the road so there was no danger of additional injuries as long as he was not moved. I could not know if he had any neck or back injuries, but since the day was really cold, I gave the only assistance I could give: comfort and a warm blanket. I knew first-aid and did all I could do.
The rider knew he was hurt, but didn’t know how badly. He was bleeding, but was mostly scraped up. He didn’t know if he had any broken bones. The bleeding was controlled, there was no sign of shock, he needed to be kept warm because of the temperature. He didn’t even see the vehicle that hit him. His bike was damaged and couldn’t be ridden any longer. The rear wheel and tire was bent badly like it was hit from behind. Some people that arrived after me carried it off the road so it would be clear of the traffic after the police arrived. When the ambulance came, they took the rider to the hospital and I let him keep the blanket. Since I did not witness the crash itself, the police told me to leave and thanked me for the help I gave. I did all I could and I never saw the biker again, I’m sure he recovered from the ordeal.
Although I acted as a savior for this biker, I was in no way like Jesus Christ. I did not have to give my life for this person, instead, I only gave him some of my time, a little attention, and a blanket. On the other hand, his situation is very similar to ours. We know something is wrong with our lives, but we have no clue what it is. We know we need help, but we usually turn to anyone that offers help. We hope they know what to do, but are thankful for anything that can be offered. When the professionals arrive, we surrender all of our trust to them and let them take care of us. But when it comes to our spiritual lives, God’s plan and our expectations are really very different. Why did Jesus Christ give his life for you?
Let’s try a few scenarios. If we say “He came to save us from addiction, a life of crime, sexual perversion, or anything else we could do that is against God’s will”, does that mean that Jesus died only to stop us from living a life of sin? All of these are sins of commission, meaning the things we do or commit that God reveals in Scripture that He dislikes. Let’s get real. Our desire to sin after we are “saved” really changes very little and it takes a lot of work to learn how to resist temptation. Jesus said:
Matthew 11: 30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Changing our lives after we are saved to become more like Jesus is not only really hard, but it’s ridiculous to assume we can ever become anything like Jesus. We learn in church that Jesus is God, so if Jesus died to save us from sin, and we are supposed to stop sinning, are we expected to become like God? By resisting the temptation to sin after we are saved, are we becoming “Christ like?” Does this sound like an “easy yoke” or “light burden?” If He sent the Holy Spirit to help us change after we are saved, why don’t you list the number of times and the manner the Holy Spirit helped to stop you from committing a sin after you became born again? After that, also list the number of times that you still sinned after you became born again? In any single day, which list is bigger? The “Didn’t Sin” list or the “Oh Shit, I Sinned” list?
If we got saved to stop sinning, can we accomplish the same goal with hypnosis, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, or Judaism? If so, then if Jesus died to stop us from sinning, and we are still sinning, then His death is powerless and meaningless in our lives. If the Word of God is true, this cannot be the main reason why He gave His life for us.
Jesus didn’t die to start a new religion.
What if we say “He died to pay the price for our sin”, (redemption), and all we have to do is accept His death as our own, in payment for condition, then what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? Why did He bother to give us a gift that has no instructions or purpose besides “marking us” like a brand on livestock? Do you really want to believe that the whole purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is to “brand” His believers as God’s children? Are we “livestock” that God and Lucifer are fighting over? If we are “children of darkness” at birth, then we already belong to Lucifer when we are born. Did Jesus come to “steal” us from Lucifer’s “herd?” Or was Lucifer given the “herd from God” by Adam? What is his brand? We already know that we are still going to live our lives with very little difference after our salvation, than before our salvation. We covered the “sin” problem in the last paragraph, we are still going to sin. So what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? If it’s only to change our “brand” to place us in a different “herd” of men, and we really change our walk in life very little, then Jesus seems to have lived a perfect life in vain. There must be something wrong with the message of salvation or our understanding of that message.
Have you ever heard of Warren Buffet? He’s one of the owners of the Berkshire Hathaway real estate firm. He made a fortune by doing the opposite of the typical investor. When the market told investors to buy, he sold. When the market told investors to sell, he bought. In the process, he became, (at one time), the richest man in the world. The Christian church ignores huge sections of Scripture that deal with spiritual matters. If the average Christian believer chose to be like Warren Buffet in their spiritual lives, and studied the scriptures the church ignores, could their spiritual walk improve and many of the questions above be answered? If that’s the case, we would be studying the things God wants us to know that the church does not want us to know. The next question would be: Should we ignore what the church teaches if we choose to learn what the church ignores? This method worked for Warren Buffet and he became wealthy. Could this method also work for us to become spiritually wealthy?
The answer will be a surprise for many Christians. No, we don’t really want to extend the “Warren Buffet Way” in this manner. Just because the church chooses to teach one subject and ignore another, may limit our walk with God, but that does not mean we should ignore the things the church does teach. On the other hand, as we learn more about the way God works with us spiritually, the questions about the things the church teaches will come naturally. But, as long as we are ignorant of any study method, the best we can do is simply read God’s Word. As boring as that may sound, it is still better than ignoring it altogether.
But there’s a difference between reading the Word and studying the Word. Reading alone is like a farmer working the soil and planting seeds, he only goes down far enough into the soil to get a healthy crop. He may plow, disc, and till, but the farmer never really goes farther than about 6″ to 8″ down. He scratches the surface of the earth. Studying the Word is like being a miner looking for hidden treasure like precious metal or diamonds. The deepest gold mines are over two miles deep, the average depth for oil well drilling is about 1.5 miles, and the deepest diamond mines are less than 3/4 of a mile. A miner digs deep into the earth to find buried treasure by using many different methods of digging and drilling. Truly studying the Word of God is very similar and brings similar results. To find the real gems of spiritual truth hidden in God’s Word, we need to learn how to really study His Word.
But is this also the reason why Jesus gave His life for us? Did He do everything so we could learn how to study God’s Word? This was something we should have been doing already, (but clearly have not). It’s really difficult to get excited about an old book that nobody can agree upon. Even among Christians, there is very little agreement about what the Scriptures say or mean. This has been true from the very beginning of Christianity. There are many ways to “interpret” scripture and depending upon the method of “Biblical Interpretation,” the result and conclusions can be totally conflicting. Jesus didn’t come to give us a new reason or method to study, the motivation to study should be there, simply because of our desire to know God better. this author believes the testimony of the Word concerning how to interpret the Word.
2 Peter 1: 20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Private interpretation is when we allow ourselves to make the Word say anything at all that serves the purpose of our lesson. By adding to the Word, ignoring parts of the Word, and changing the Word to suit our needs, we can literally make the Scripture support anything we want it to support.
Jesus didn’t come to interpret scripture for us that is still our responsibility.
There is only one way to really know God, that is to build a personal relationship with Him. This is the purpose for Jesus’ life. Until He came, only a few select men and women were anointed with the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit was not a universal condition that all believers of the one True God enjoyed. All believers had to learn about God through rituals, the law, and scripture study and all scripture was regarded as literal truth until about 200 years before Jesus was born. It was during the time of the Maccabees when Aristobulus of Alexandria interpreted scripture allegorically for the Greeks. From that time to the present, the allegorical interpretation of scripture became more common and acceptable among theologians. Depending upon the method of interpretation accepted by your church, a great host of different beliefs can be supported by scriptural interpretation. However, if you choose to believe, (as I chose long ago), to let the scripture speak for itself as 2 Peter 1: 20 suggests, then it’s our personal responsibility to learn how God tells us what He wants us to know in His Word.
By ignoring the truth that the Word of God came to us by His Spirit, we are ignoring a major aspect of our Christian walk. Jesus made the Holy Spirit available for everyone who makes Him their Lord. There have been no other time in the history of mankind that God has been able to work with so many people in so intimate a manner as He can now. The Word of God shows every believer how God works with His followers all through history. It is our guidebook for spiritual understanding, yet too many churches have turned it into a moral guidebook instead. The Atheists are telling the truth when they say, “You don’t need God to be good.” But you do need God’s spirit to walk in the Truth with Jesus Christ as your Lord. This is the missing part of the Gospel of Salvation that we don’t hear about:
You cannot make Jesus Christ your Lord without the Holy Spirit.
Learning how to walk by the Holy Spirit is all about making Jesus Christ your Lord as well as your Savior. The knowledge of the written Word is still necessary to know whether you are listening to the Spirit of Truth or a deceiving spirit. A person who walks entirely by the flesh, (their knowledge, reason, and understanding), without a knowledge of God’s Word is completely defenseless against a deceiving spirit. However, a person who knows God’s Word and hears Jesus’ voice by the Holy Spirit can know when they are being deceived and obey the Truth. In this manner, any believer who makes Jesus Christ their Lord can learn that the Holy Spirit never lies, just as God never lies. When you are confident that the revelation of the Holy Spirit is the Truth, then God’s revelation to you personally becomes just as true as the written Word. You are able to walk by both the Written Word and the Revelation Word. You are able to walk with God just like any of the kings and priests of God in the written Word and this is your destiny: to take God’s property back from the devil himself and teach others how to listen to God and obey the Truth.
Jesus came to make it possible for you to walk and talk with God, just like Adam did.
It doesn’t matter whether your pastor and church teaches this to you or not. It’s not their job to make Jesus your Lord, that’s Jesus’ job. Their job is only to lead you to Jesus and every Christian church without any respect to their doctrine is very good at this job. However, after you get to Christ, you have to allow Jesus to speak to you. If you are afraid of the spiritual realm because of the example of the world that follows any other spirit besides God, (as God). Then you are being defeated by fear alone. The only way to know God, is to test God at His Word. There is no other way. This is how God reveals weakness in your armor of believing and teaches you what is true or false. It’s not a question as to who teaches right or wrong doctrine, by who teaches how to recognize and obey Jesus. Every doctrine has its own set of strength and weakness, but if you want to walk and talk with God Almighty, do you want to take a lifetime to learn how, (just as I did), or learn how to do it quickly, just as the first century church did?
Salvation is not a once and done deal as so many of us are led to believe. Salvation is a process for learning how to walk and talk with God directly. If you believe your church is teaching you in the “fast track” then you must have a lot of people in your church displaying how God works miracles and wonders in their life. The book below will only “fine tune” your walk with God and make it easier for you to help new people in your church get to experience that walk. If you believe your church is teaching you how to clean up your flesh to become “spiritual,” the book below will show you the difference between pseudo spirituality and true spirituality. It will show you step by step, how to build your own personal relationship with God.
This is what Jesus Christ came to make possible in your life. Are you bold enough and brave enough to learn how to become a true Radical Christian? It means really making Jesus Christ your Master and Lord instead of any man or woman in the church. It means making the Word of God your standard of Truth instead of any church doctrine and or teaching. It means obeying the revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Truth from God. It means being able to really study the written Word to find the gems of spiritual truth you need to recognize God working within you and motivate you to keep learning more. The book was written as a result of learning why church doctrine failing me and what the true meaning and appearance of “Walking in Faith” really was. If you have any desire at all to learn how to walk and talk with God, this book will reveal how and why it’s done. What have you got to lose? It’s not about changing your church, only changing your Lord.