A while back, I watched a documentary produced by Jews about Jewishness. The show was fascinating but sad. Oh, how we “goy” (i.e., Gentiles) have persecuted the Jews since their dispersion. If you know someone Jewish, consider apologizing to them, for sure somewhere in your ancestry, as in mine, “you” have badly mistreated them.
An Attack Upon the Triune God
In this documentary, a Jewish leader recognizes Islam as monotheistic but implied that Christians are not monotheistic because we believe in a Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He then made a remark that has been rolling around in me ever since. He said, “Three gods? Why not four or five?”
It’s easy for anyone, not just Jews, to become confused about the Truth of the Trinity, but especially about Jesus, the Son of God (1 John 5:20). That was the fundamental problem that the Pharisees had with Jesus when Jesus acknowledged His deity. Just look at what the Pharisees said to Jesus. Ignoring His miracles and His teachings they said:
“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”John 8:57 (ESV)
Little Has Changed
Little has changed over the last two millennia. What is said today, by Gentiles about Jesus, is much worse. If we doubt society’s intolerance of Christianity, consider the new book in Daniel Silva’s nearly 20 year Gabriel Allon series. It seems Mr. Silva’s latest Gabriel Allon book, The Order, takes a sharp turn toward anti-Christianity. Using Mr. Silva’s words, “the writers of the four Gospels guilty of the most vicious slander in history…”
Nearly all authors tire of their most successful characters, yet most have the decency to kill them off. Here’s a detailed review of The Order. Daniel Silva book review: The Order.
Our Weapon Is Love
Before Jesus formally began His earthly ministry, He was a carpenter. No doubt, He learned all the tools of His trade and was remarkably skilled with them. We know this because He was called a tekton, meaning craftsman (Matthew 13:55).
When it came to preparing His disciples for ministry, Jesus told them which tool was the best and most important. Here’s what Jesus said: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
The more people assail us, and most certainly, they will assail us as we take a firm stand for the things God’s Word declares as Truth, the more we must demonstrate love among believers and extend love to the lost.
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