RSS

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 Since superseded by Muhammad and Baha’u’llah.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Islam Man True prophet sent by God, but superseded by Muhammad.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.
Advertisements
 
 

Adoption: Are we a mirror?

The idea of adoption has a sort of stigma. One feels less for being adopted. It seems that a person must be unwanted, and discarded to be eligible for adoption. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If one is unwanted and discarded, then it is quite possible that rebirth and reshaping is possible. This is especially true of the Christian life.

    I was reminded of this by a passage in Magician’s End by Raymond E. Feist. A child born from a soldier taking advantage of a character’s soon to be wife is adopted by him. This child goes onto be characterized as resembling him, taking on his mannerisms and expressions; to the point that it was often almost impossible to remember that they are not biological sire and son. Rather, this child has become a scion, an implant, a figure that is spliced into the family. So close as to be mistaken for the biological child of this man.

    We, as followers of Christ, are likewise scion. We are grafted into the tree of life, and should appear to belong. It goes far beyond appearance into every aspect of being. We need to become like Him; Jesus was and is the exemplar for our daily behavior. As disciples we need to strive to have behavior that is indistinguishable from His.

    As I trained in martial arts, I often used a mirror to see if I was doing the motions correctly. Also, I often mirrored the motions of those more advanced than me. Both these practices are important. In the Christian life it often comes down to the failure of the disciple maker and often that of the disciple as well in mimic the demonstrated behavior. It is very easy to get lost in the shuffle of belonging without belief. It is the belief that makes one want to mirror the action of Jesus and the Father.

    Just like the warriors, we need to learn how to mirror. We need to become so close to the action of Jesus that we cannot be told apart from Him. We need to resemble Him. We need to take on the mannerism, expressions, and habits he set forth or would approve of. In so doing we will become so like him that adoption is a non-issue; that belonging and belief are intertwined. Only then will we as warriors be in tune enough to lock shields and support each other in a phalanx of belief. It is this behavior and lifestyle that allows for battlefield brothers and sisters to be a family of protection.

Until next time…

Fight the good fight, fairly…T.


    

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Chivalry, Things about God

 

Tags: , ,

What has love got to do with it?

John 13:31-35:

31 When therefore he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32 if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 “Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You shall seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, I now say to you also, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” NASB

    

I would like to go a bit further. Unfortunately, at least linguistically, English is semantically complex as most languages go. That is to say that it is often difficult to articulate precisely what one intends to express with it. The term “love” offers some illustration in this regard. In this case the root in Greek is agapao, what we refer to as agape or God’s love. Often this “love” has as its intent moral obligation. Jesus calls his disciples “little children,” it seems that He is expressing an acceptance of them in adoption; they are literally members of the family of God.

Vs. 34 then lays out the new commandment, shortly put: Love others as I would, and care for one another as I have. It is by these actions that everyone will know that you belong to me. This is not longer Jesus the teacher, but Jesus the King telling his “court” how they will be identified. Jesus makes this statement at this time and not earlier for at least two essential reasons. First, he doesn’t make this statement until after Judas Iscariot is gone. Judas could not hear these words for at least two reasons that I can think of immediately. Jesus does not want to deepen Judas’ moral quandary and possibly not be crucified. Also, while Judas was an intimate, this overt language could tip off the Jewish and Roman authorities that killing Jesus will not solve their problem. I am certain that Judas and the authorities know there will be some fall out, but the surest way to silence a movement is to remove the head. Secondly, when the statement is made it made to a room full of disciples who know that Jesus is not just another great teacher. Most if not all have a deep surety that he is the Messiah and what they have seen tells them that he is also most likely God. If Jesus had not lived out the statement before them, it would have less force.

What the disciples had seen at this point was the King of all Heaven, the greatest monarch that could possibly be conceived, love without reservation. They had seen the destruction of his righteous indignation and his deep and tender caring. They had seen God walk amongst the sick, the wounded, and the very refuse of humanity. They had seen Jesus break the barriers of hallakah, the 614 Jewish oral laws that protected one from violating Torah. They had seen God model right moral obligation for them.

What are we to make of this? It is simple. God is our King, as such we must serve Him, and we are physically and morally obligated to do so. In so serving we are identified as one of His. This tabard offers the protection of heaven but also invites with vigor the rejection of those in opposition to our King. What Jesus told the disciples and through extension past, present and future believers is that simply that we most love without reservation. We must do so recklessly with little regard to the earthly consequences; even if it means our life. It is this love that marks us. It is for this reason that we go out and tell people about Jesus. It is for this reason that people lose their lives for the “great work” of the Gospel.

Love has everything to do with it. We love the unlovable, and touch the untouchables. We go where the hurting is, and we raise those who have fallen. We are to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and give drink to the thirsty. We, the followers of Christ, may be the only Christ that some will ever know. It is what Jesus would do. The “Christian” life is not easy, and often it is downright uncomfortable, but the rewards both earth and heaven bound, are more than worth the pain.

 

Until next time, Fight the good fight, fairly.

Ty

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life by: Joan Chittister

This book function exactly as one would expect it to. It is a great addition to the Ancient Practices series. The book begins on the first Sunday of Advent and concludes the following November, the purpose is to help one become more attuned to a life in and through Jesus Christ. This book along with daily Scripture study does exactly that.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Book Review: The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

This book acts as a sort of sequel to the Traveler’s Gift. Dave Ponder is back, and Andy Andrews trademark combination of riveting narrative and stunning history intertwine to tell this story. Humanity has a singular chance to save itself after centuries of debauchery, and it is contained in a single principle; which can be expressed by just two words. Will Ponder and many of history’s greatest minds solve the riddle in time? You will have to read to find out, I highly recommend it.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Martial Arts and Sanctification

Martial Arts and Sanctification, one might think the two are wholly separated, that they live in diametrically opposed worlds. This is not the case. You ask how? Over the course of the next paragraphs I will answer just this question.

The key to their union is simple: Intentionality. In both realms one must mean to do the deed. Sanctification is powered by the Spirit of God, while Martial Arts are powered by the spirit of will. Both are realized by intentional actions on the part of the individual. Both require a fight of sorts, and both require time.

In the case of martial arts, one enters a fight. This fight may seem to be spontaneous, but is often a cap to years of preparation. The martial artist, whether eastern or western, has spent much time, sweat and blood preparing for this moment. They have honed their craft to the pinnacle of ability, at least one hopes. In that moment of conflict it is that training that will sustain or destroy the warrior. It is that training that allows one to face death and destruction without fear. It is all in the preparation, the intentionality of the warrior.

On the other hand, Sanctification is a multi-stage process. It begins at the profession of faith in Christ, and is continued in partnership with the Spirit. It as well requires participation. The Spirit does the drawing, but the believer must assist as well. It can be likened to a shower after a mud football game. You return and find yourself covered from head to toe in the detritus of the field; it is attached to you like an extra skin. You enter the shower, and the steam feels great. The hot water softens the skin, but cannot wholly remove it. You have to reach up and loosen the mud from yourself, you have let it go. The steaming shower of the Spirit will soften it, help detach it, and wash it away. But, you have to help. Sanctification is an intentional act.

War and Sanctification are very much the same, and they are also quite different. In either case, it is all about intentionality and desire. We as warriors for Christ must be intentional in everything we do. There is no throw-away action in the life of the gentry of God.

Next time we will start to go through the various tenets from the Song of Roland, and perhaps start with a little of history of who Roland was.

Until then.

Fight the Good Fight…Fairly

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on March 25, 2011 in Chivalry, Things about God

 

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

 
Leave a comment

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

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: