Many people use their gut feel to establish their views about God. The problem here is that people always speak from their own minds and emotions which are almost always wrong. Rarely can we speak about the truth because we ourselves have no access to it on our own. So what does come out of our mouths and minds about God? Nothing but senseless garbage and speculations about the Holiest Being in the entire universe. Without the Holy Spirit’s revelations and the Holy Book of God, there is no other way to know about our Creator. Aren’t you glad that The LORD left us His very words preserved in The Bible? Through this Book, we can clarify all that we have to know about our Creator and Saviour. Unlike with other ‘gods’ or religions, we don’t have to guess or speculate about who God is; neither do we have to create or invent anything about Him. Everything is revealed in His Holy Scriptures. That goes on to say that anything apart from The Scriptures is utter nonsense.
Throughout my conversations with various Christians, I’m still surprised to hear that a good number of our brothers and sisters still carry a lot of misconceptions about our Lord Jesus Christ. They carry in them the lies that cause them to run away from our Lord Jesus; thus, causing their problems to snowball as they live their lives apart from their Creator. These common misconceptions or lies are listed below together with The Bible’s response against them.
Lie #1: Jesus is judging us
A lot of our dear brothers and sisters still think that The Lord is looking at us with angry eyes waiting for us to make our next sin so that He can jot it down on His heavenly notebook. With every sin we commit, we can actually imagine The Lord shaking His head in disappointment at us.
The Scriptures clearly state that The Lord is no longer counting our sins against us:
“Their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17)
Jesus clearly said in the Gospels: “For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it” (John 12:47). Jesus Christ is Saviour and not judge; it is Moses and the law that judges us and not Jesus Christ. Furthermore, I don’t know where people got this idea that Jesus Christ judges because He never judged anyone when He was walking here on earth!
Lie #2: Jesus is condemning us
Another common myth that is robbing the people of God of Jesus is the belief that The Lord wants to punish us for our sins. This is one reason why people who carry their guilt avoids or rejects happiness in their lives because they feel that they do not deserve them. It is true, The LORD is too Holy and He hates sin! That is why He ordained death to be its punishment. The good news is that while we owed our lives and souls to the holy law of God, Jesus Christ came down and died for our sins. A death has already occurred in our place paying our sin-debts so we don’t owe anything to God’s law anymore!
The problem today is a good number us still believe that they have to be punished for their sins; which poses as an insult to the holy and perfect work of Jesus Christ! In the whole Bible, we will never see Jesus condemning anyone for their sins. The Lord hates guilt as The Lord hates fear. He may from time to time teach people to make them grow spiritually and as a person but The Lord Jesus Christ will never ever condemn anyone.
All the sinners that Jesus encountered left with a smiling heart and never with a guilty and condemned conscience. Observe how Jesus treated the sinner-tax collector, Zacchaeus (Luke 19). Did The Lord waste His time scolding him and making him feel bad about stealing from others? Absolutely not! The Lord Jesus gave Zacchaeus the greatest honor of his life by allowing Zacchaeus to be the host of The Creator of the universe Himself!
Let’s have a look at how Christ dealt with the woman caught in adultery (John 8). Did Jesus lead the mob into stoning her? Did Jesus give her a sermon about the pitfalls of adultery? NEVER. In fact, Jesus Christ defended the adulterous woman and even reassured her that she will never ever be condemned by anyone as long as He is around.
“neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11)
Lie #3: Jesus rejects sinners
This belief is the most absurd lie anyone can possess in their heart. These are the people who think that they should be clean before they can take a bath or that they should be full before they can eat. People say: “I am too much of a sinner to go to church” or “I cannot partake of the Holy Communion because I haven’t gone to confession” only shows that their beliefs about The Lord have been poisoned by the devil’s lies. How can we say such things when the Bible clearly recorded what Jesus said: “Come to me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
No matter how ugly or dirty or unholy you think you are, Jesus will NEVER abandon you. In fact, it was Jesus who was accused of fellowshipping with sinners and the Pharisees complained against Him (Luke 19:7, Matthew 9:10). It was the Pharisees who talked against Jesus when Christ welcomed a prostitute to anoint His feet with oil (Luke 7:39). Everyone was able to approach and draw from Jesus, be it a prostitute, a tax collector, a government official, a leper, a housewife, a thief, a murderer, a doubter, a possessed man, and yes, even Pharisees. Jesus Christ accepted everyone and He rejected no one.
“whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
All the lies were designed by the devil to turn us away from the only One who can save us – Jesus Christ. If we look through God’s words ourselves (and stop letting the blind tell us what’s in the Bible), we will easily see that these lies have no basis and are simply STUPID. The Lord Jesus Christ did not come down from heaven to be crucified on the cross so that He can condemn us. If He really wanted to, He did have people who can do that for Him (hint: Moses). Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be crucified to show us how much He loves us! (John 15:13, Romans 5:8)
May we never forget this in Jesus’ name. So the next time we fall into sin, we run to the One Who can really save us – we run to Jesus! He will never judge you, He will never condemn you and He will never ever reject you!
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