“If” questions are those ones that do not have clear, provable answers and there are many. They are the ones that stump you, make you think, keep the wheels turning. Probably looking a bit like this guy?
If God is real then…..
If God is not real then…
If there is life after death……
If there is not life after death…
If we will ever be able to travel again...
If there are aliens out there….(just had to throw that one in for fun)
I heard a statement yesterday, that in our worldwide population less than 2% of the people are proclaimed atheists, meaning that they do not have any belief in a God. Now remember, this is the world population, it means that more than 98% of people living on this earth believe in a God of some kind. Astounding really.
The "if" questions surrounding the man called Jesus are 2.
If Jesus was who He claimed to be then….
If Jesus was not who He claimed to be then…
The question “If Jesus was even real?” has already been answered, both by secular historians and Christian historians.
It is a fully proven and documented fact that there was a man named Jesus who walked the roads of Israel over 2,000 years ago. He had some huge claims about Himself and the world, He lived differently than most. He caused a ruckus wherever He went. He stirred people, irritated people, He bucked the system and the status quo. He hung out with the wrong crowd. He was not liked by the church, but common men, women and children adored Him. He had followers and He had haters. The haters had Him tortured and killed, His haters were the church. The religious leaders of that day came against His teachings. Yes, these are His teachings that we still fight over to this day, 2,000 years later. The world has never been the same since Jesus came. Interesting that one man in a sea of billions of people has affected the world more than any other throughout history.
The question is not “if Jesus exists” rather, “What do I do with this man called Jesus?” If we look at the claims and statements He made, they seem a little off the wall. So either….
1) Jesus was crazy and made unsubstantiated claims
2) Jesus really was who He said He was.
Those are really the only two options. Which one do you believe?
You cannot be a 1.5 or even a .5, you have to believe one or the other. There is no room to say, “well I kind of believe both.” Nope, you cannot do that.
This decision is yours to make and if you choose #1 – God Bless You.
If you choose option #2 please take the time to learn about Him and the claims and off the wall statements that He made. His words are recorded in the New Testament of the Bible. His ways are recorded throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.
Jesus Christ, this man who did miracles, healed the sick, taught more about the principals of money than any other subject, He proclaimed love to be the most sought after commodity, claimed to be “The Son of God”, claimed to be “God” or on equal status with, and taught us what a relationship with our heavenly Father should be like.
In a world clamoring for our attention, telling us how to live, what is coming or might come, how to prepare and sending many into a state of fear, perhaps it is time to take a walk into the past and find some “rest” for our souls.
“This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”