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Chart: Jesus in other religions

I found this chart at http://www.religionfacts.com/jesus/religious_views.htm.

I thought I would share it here to start out a proposed series on Jesus’ identity in other world religions. Sometimes the best approach is to know what the people in our lives think about the person, Jesus, we hold most dear. In this way we can better show them the truth of Christ, and help them through the falsehood they believe as gospel.

 

God or Man?

Who Jesus Was

Jesus’ Purpose

Resurrection
Happened?

Traditional (Nicene) Christianity Both: “fully God and fully man.” Second person of the Trinity, incarnation of God, Son of God, Savior. Die for the sins of humanity. Yes
Arianism A created divine being. A divine being, but created by God and inferior to Father. Son of God. Savior. To save humanity from sin. Yes
Baha’i Faith Man A “manifestation of God” and prophet. Since superseded by Muhammad and Baha’u’llah. To reveal God’s will as part of progressive revelation to humanity. Only spiritually.
Buddhism Man Wise and enlightened man who taught similar things to the Buddha. To teach humanity wisdom and the way to enlightenment. Not addressed
Christian Science Man Wise man especially attuned to the divine Christ. To teach humanity, heal, and overcome death. Yes
Christadelphians Man (or half-man, half-God). Son of God but human, because mother was human Mary. Lived a sinless life and died sacrificial death. To show God’s love for humanity and redeem humanity from sin. Yes
Gnosticism God Divine being sent from the supreme God. To rescue humanity from the material world by revealing true knowledge. Most Gnostics reject that Christ died at all. The human Jesus was ordinary and did not resurrect.
Hinduism Views vary Incarnation of God akin to Krishna, or wise man. Not addressed Not addressed
Islam Man True prophet sent by God, but superseded by Muhammad. To reveal God’s will in a progressive revelation that ended with Muhammad. No
Jehovah’s Witnesses An archangel Son of God, Word of God, God’s first creation, Archangel Michael. Teach about God, provide a model for right living, die sacrificially for human sin. Yes
Mormonism (LDS) Man Son of God, Savior, originally one of the spirit beings that all humans used to be. Has a physical body. To teach about God, provide a model for living, die sacrificially for sin. Yes
Theosophy Man Great teacher.   No
Unitarian Universalism Man Great teacher, faith-healer, “incarnation of God’s love.” To demonstrate God’s love for humanity and teach about justice and compassion. No official teaching; most do not believe physical resurrection.
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Man of Honor: How Chivalry and Faith Combine

Right

Right now I am going through a mid-week series with a group of men at Church. We are talking about what it takes to be a “man of honor.”

Last week we spoke about what a code of conduct is and how to develop it. It was implied that many of us either don’t have one, or don’t know how to develop one. As a member of a prominent medieval recreation society, and as a member of the gentry in that society, I do have and live by one. This is not a new thing for me, but something I work through daily.

I thought it might be interesting to do a series here at Christian Warrior using the tenet set forth in the “Song of Roland.”

They are as follows:

  • To fear God and maintain His Church
  • To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
  • To protect the weak and defenceless
  • To give succour to widows and orphans
  • To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
  • To live by honour and for glory
  • To despise pecuniary reward
  • To fight for the welfare of all
  • To obey those placed in authority
  • To guard the honour of fellow knights
  • To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
  • To keep faith
  • At all times to speak the truth
  • To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
  • To respect the honour of women
  • Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
  • Never to turn the back upon a foe

I think I am going to start with something that is not in the list; the idea of Ransom. We are somewhat unfamiliar with this concept, yet we engage in it frequently. When we enter any sort of contest there is an entrance fee, we make wagers on various things; all these are types of ransom. The same was true of the members of the Chivalry, those we call knights. They would enter into competition and battle at great personal cost, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. There was much at stake. If one looks at the tenets set out above, most of them have little to do with battle, and more to do with proper behavior. The knight was a member of the king’s court, and as such he was, in fact, often the only hand and face of the king that the people saw. He knew that the king valued him and as such would ransom him if need be, at least this was true if the knight followed the rules and pleased the king.

To a Christian the concept is the same. We are often the only Christ someone may see, and we can be fearless in our pursuit of the lost, because we know we are ransomed already. Note, I said fearless not reckless. This is an important distinction, since fearless enables one to live in the moment and succeed, while recklessness will eventually cause one’s demise. Another distinction to be made comes with the idea of training for the martial arts and sanctification. In many ways they are the same, both take time, effort and singular resolve.

We will get to that next time…..until then, Fight the Good Fight, Fairly.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2011 in Chivalry, Ransom, Stratetgy, Things about God

 

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When are you Beat?

Do you have an enemy in your life? You know the person, the one that gets your riled up even if they are unaware of you. Perhaps your enemy is not a person but a thing or an action. These can be crippling too. Whatever the enemy it obsesses us. This is not beneficial to you, it is only beneficial to the enemy.

In fact your enemy may have already beat you. What one must do then is to discard the enemy. Remove it from your life. If the goal is to win the battle, whatever that means to you, then you must see clearly with no obstacles. As Sun Tzu said enter only into the battle you have already won (in your mind), all else is foolishness and wasteful. If you are obsessed with overcoming a person, place, or thing, then you have simply already lost.

You must become as Paul Atredes, and know the mantra of the Bene Gesserits

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

While this is certainly not Christian doctrine and I am not attempting to teach it as such, it is still great advice. We lose, we are beat, because of our fear. It really doesn’t matter what the source of that fear is, or if it even looks like fear. It will destroy you over time.

On the battlefield both literally and figuratively fear is the deciding factor. If one looks to the field and see nothing but obstacles, then that is all there will be. On the other hand, if there is nothing but a pleasant stroll across that self-same field the outcome is all together different.

As soldiers, we know two things for certain. First, our commander, God, has our best interests in mind, even at our level it does not seem so. God has already allowed for each of us to be successful in His plan. Second, we know the battle ends, we end up prosperous and in a position of rulership with Christ.

Shirk of fear, it is not for any of us. I am not saying move with reckless abandon, but move. If you are stuck in the past, staring at and loathing those that have wronged you or have gone further, then you have lost and are not useful. Climb out of your pit of despair and march on. Yesterday is gone, Today is here, Tomorrow is not written yet. You have mission and you will accomplish it.

Fight the Good Fight!

T.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Stratetgy

 
 
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