Jesus, our blood-drenched warrior (and how children’s Bibles may have misled us)

shield-309126_640Children’s Bibles, as helpful as they are, may give us a wrong idea of Jesus. Most children’s Bibles picture Jesus as a soft, gentle, hippie-type man who is always surrounded by butterflies and birds.  Many people have grown up thinking of Jesus as an effeminate man in sandals, rather than the Warrior-God come into our world to do battle for his people.  Of course, Jesus was and is kind and gentle, but that’s not all he is.   In the Old and New Testament God is pictured as the divine warrior who fights for his people.  We don’t often think about God, and God the Son, in these terms.

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Why your church building is not the house of God

house of GodThe Christian Post reported on a “church” in South Africa named the Rabboni Centre Ministries where congregants eat grass as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Throughout history and in the world today people have sought to meet with God in many and various, and sometimes strange, ways.

Thailand for example is 95% Buddhist and has multiple gods. The average Thai meets with his chosen god through offerings, chanting and meditation. If you are going on a long journey, you make an offering to the god of travel; and if you’re planning on gambling, you make an offering to the god of good fortune, and so one.

Muslims meet with God through the five pillars of Islam: the creed, daily prayers, almsgiving, fasting during Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca.  The inner enlightenment proponents meet with the god they find in themselves because, according to them, we are all gods. The followers of African Traditional Religion communicate with the ancestors, who have access to God, via the sangoma. Tree huggers say we meet with god in nature. Most of the people in my suburb say that although they might not read the bible or attend church, they meet with and worship God in their own way.

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