JESUSISM: A type of Christianity in which belivers adhere to the life and teachings of Jesus as the true and perfect foundation for their spriritual walk.

While in theory every Christian believes this, modern evangelical Chrisitianity mostly adheres to the teachings of Paul. A Jesusist holds the words of Paul and all others scribes of the Bible as wisdom gleaned from that person's encounter with God, but believes that the words of JESUS are esteemed above the words of ANY other person.

Jesusism views the LIFE, the TEACHINGS and the WORKS of Jesus as the only infalliable way, truth and life by which we should live. It is our life, our path, our guide and the only source by which we place our faith.

In short- what Jesus said and did is more important than what anyone else said or did in the Bible and if there seems to be any contradiction between words of Jesus and another person's words in the Bible; then what Jesus said is what stands as THE truth.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Eternal Life

There are several instances in the Bible where Jesus was asked "What must I do to have eternal life?" The answer that Jesus gave is far removed from the answer modern Christianity gives. Jesus always gave the same answer "KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS." Recognizing that Christianity (through Paul's teachings) teaches that eternal life is a free gift gained by accepting Jesus as our Lord. It seems strange that such a strong contradiction should exist concerning such an important subject.

Jesus was given this question of eternal life in Matt. 19:16, Mark 10:17, Luke 10:25, Luke 18:18 and each time Jesus gave the answer "Keep the Commandments." So it is obvious for those of us who believe in Jesus and His Word that eternal life is gained not by grace but by works. Even when Jesus spoke about judgement day and some entering into eternal life and some everlasting punishment, he related their judgement to their WORKS while here on earth. (I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in) It had nothing to do with grace, or accepting him or their faith. In fact in Jesus' teachings the people who did these works seemed to be unaware that they had did anything worthy of eternal life. (Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?)

So if eternal life must be earned where did the church get the teachings of grace and faith and accepting Jesus? I believe that the teachings are a misunderstanding of terminology. Certain words used in the Bible; namely SALVATION - ETERNAL LIFE- ENTERING THE KINGDOM were three entirely different concepts. Modern Chrisitanity uses these words pretty much enterchangably but a closer look at the scriptures shows that they are not the same at all. But that's another blog.


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WC said...

Before we are set to do good work for God, we must humble oursleves that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour. Therefore, we need to be saved by grace through our own faith in Him before we are set to do specific good work. Futhermore, the meaning of enternal life is having a relationship with God. How can God can accept good work first before you admit that you are a sinner and need his forgievness? Doing good work to earn enternal life is an insult of God. But there is one thing which is clear, we are made to do specific good work in the kingdom of God. I agree with you view that how some churches teaches about grace. We should not take grace for granted and there are people abuse the grace from God by not not keeping His Word(His commandments) and not loving others. I gald you have a personal relationship with God as you personally seek for him. Contine your faith with Him.

Anonymous said...

what are the commandments? of Moses? or of Jesus"s gospel life?

Anonymous said...

I love Judge Jesus <3

Anonymous said...

What I remember from many years ago, was that before Jesus rewarded some and punished others, He firstly divided the goats from the sheep. Then to the goats He said whatever you did NOT do, you did not do for Me. And the sheep were told, whatever you DID do, you did for Me.

But my question was never fully answered that I posed to God all those years ago, how will I know that I am a sheep that will be blessed by Him and not a goat that will be punished?