Jesus, just a metaphor?

I recently overheard part of a conversation where a young woman was trying to convince another of the universality of religion. Her belief was that there is more than one way to God. As long as you have the virtues of peace, love, understanding, etc it doesn’t matter if you were Jewish, Buddist, Christian, Muslim or even atheist. She said Jesus was only a metaphor today.

Unfortunately, her belief is getting to be more and more common. Why do you need a relationship with Jesus? He is the Son of God. He’s real, not merely a metaphor for righteousness. While other religions speak of God (and even Jesus), God’s Son is central in no other religion or belief than Christianity. The Bible has this to say about it:

John 14:6 (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

That’s pretty direct. Jesus is the only true way to God. It’s why He came and died. We don’t need to do anything to earn our salvation except believe in Him. Just being spiritual, religious, or righteous isn’t enough. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus.

How can we be assured he is the Son of God since there are miracles by prophets in some of the other religions? The Bible assure us.

Matt 8:29 And, behold, they [devils; demons, or evil spirits depending upon translation] cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?

Matt 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God

Matt 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God

John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Then once you have that relationship, your actions show you are a Christian. They show you have a changed heart. This is where works and righteousness come in and why faith and works go together. James 2 has a lot to say about faith and works. Works are the fruit of the spirit which show we are Christians. While you can’t work your way into heaven or a relationship with God, you can work your way out. Jesus said in Galatians 5:21

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The young woman I overheard got it half right. The traits of righteousness are associated with Jesus. However, they are the fruit of the Spirit as described by Jesus Himself. They are not an end to themselves.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Most every major world religion stresses some of the traits of righteousness. Also, they all have some form of worship and ordinances that are to be followed. None of these will earn you a true relationship with God. Jesus called the scribes and pharasees hypocrites several times. They were the religious leaders of that time, so you’d think they would have a terrific relationship with God. Not so. A true relationship with God can only be had through a personal relation ship with His Son Jesus. Just religion or being religious is not enough.

If you can’t have a true relationship with God by religion or righteousness, how do you? You must have a personal relationship with His Son Jesus. There’s no magical sinners prayer. No ritual. Just humbly ask Him to come into your heart and guide your life. Then live the way the Bible teaches believers. It’s not difficult, but not always easy. However, if you want to continue in your relationship with God, it’s the only right way.

So do you have a personal relationship with Jesus or are you relying on righteousness or religion? Is Jesus simply a metaphor or have you made him Lord of your life?


6 Responses

  1. I have never heard such an idea! And, it really bothers me, Jesus was a real person, he really walked upon this earth, he was human yet divine, he is our direct connection to God. How could He possibly be whittled down to be only a metaphor?????
    How do you pray to a metaphor?
    How does a metaphor bring about salvation?
    How does a metahpor comfort you in a time of need?
    In my opinion this is just “political correctness” run amok!

  2. These are very easy questions to answer if you believe Jesus was just a man or meerly a powerful prophet. They don’t matter if you don’t believe in the trinity, just God. There’s actually a “church” devoted to this belief, the Unitarian Universal. Not surprisingly it was started during the 1960’s. This lady said she used to attend it.

  3. Well it is sad! In having such a profoundly watered down belief they are missing out on the true beauty and depth of the Christian faith and the wonder and mystery of Christ our Saviour.

  4. What I find sad isn’t simply missing out on the richness of the Christian faith, but the lack of commitment to ANY one faith fully.

  5. Yes it is the ultimate, sitting on the fence!

  6. Martine,
    And by being so, they are ultimately just proving the Bible to be true since this was prophesied to happen.

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