What Did Jesus Do All Those Years?

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm

I picked up an article from the Star Tribune on an upcoming movie based on the book “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ” which attempts to tell the story of what Jesus’ life looked like during the breaks not recorded in the 4 gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) from the time when Jesus was about 12 years old until started his recorded ministry around age 30. The book claims that Jesus traveled and studied in India, then Tibet, then on his way back he studied in Persia, Greece, Egypt and Assyria. During which time, he learned of eastern religion and studied their cultures. After his death and resurrection, he went back to India to teach them the truth about life. And what is this truth? Well, since Jesus studied in the East, the truth is not that Jesus died for sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day to give life to all those who believe in his name, but rather that human flesh can be transmuted into divine flesh (man can become god).

Of course this is nothing new, so-called true gospels have been popping up for years claiming that the Bible missed something and is in error and that their book finally fixes the mistake (the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Gospel of Judas, etc.). But look at the underlying theme of everyone of these books. Every book claims the way to heaven/God/life/ultimate reality is through yourself. Every books tells us that we need to “do” something to be saved. What is the “mistake” that is sought to be fixed in the Bible? That you are saved by grace through faith and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God and not a result of works so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

So, what is our response to books like these, that tell us the way to life with God is something we can obtain by our strivings and good deeds?

  1. First, we reject them; Paul said if anyone should come to us preaching a gospel different than the one we first received that they should be accursed (Galatians 1:8-9).
  2. Second, we should pray for those who are affected by them. As an example, many people believed the things the DaVinci Code said simply because they were written down in a book and portrayed by a successful Hollywood actor on film. Very little study is down on the accuracy of the things we hear/read/see.
  3. Third, we should show others what radically transformed lives look like. Don’t be afraid to be different, Christians should be standing out in this life.

So, how do we know that this “The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ” is in fact false? The simplest answer is that it is contrary to what Christ said!

But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 15:24

  1. There are millions of people who have no clue what Buddhism is and they are lost. Jesus saves people Buddhism is his tool.

  2. Anonymous, I appreciate your taking the time to comment on this posting. I’d like to hear a little bit more about your beliefs if you have some more time to chat. Christians believe that Jesus saves people and His blood is the tool. I’d like to find out from you what you think the difference is if you are willing? Thanks again!

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