So far, we have discussed the following points

Part 1: What is the meaning of a jealous God?
Part 2: Why are there Rules, Belief systems And Doctrines in the church?

Let us look at another quote from Oprah Winfrey

Oprah : :What I believe is that Jesus came to show us “Christ consciousness” and Jesus came as to show us the way of the heart and what Jesus was saying that to show us the higher consciousness that we are talking about here, Jesus came to say “Look I am going to live in the human body and I am going to show you how it done, these are some principles and some laws that you can use to live by to know that way. and when I started to recognised that Jesus didn’t come in my belief even as a Christan, I don’t believe that Jesus came to start Christianity.

Now let us search the scriptures to see if this is a correct view.

Why Did Jesus Came To This World?

In fact I was unable to find a definition of “Christ Consciousness”, according to Wikipedia, Christ Consciousness is

“set of metaphysical beliefs concerning the effects of positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualisation and personal power.It promotes the ideas that “Infinite Intelligence” or “God” is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, all sickness originates in the mind, and Right thinking’ has a healing effect.

Wow, thats a whole lot of big words isn’t it? But is Jesus that hard to understand? Let us look into the bible to see why did Jesus come to this world.

“Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John the Baptist (John 1:29)

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Jesus (Luke 5:31)

In fact Jesus did not come to this to follow his heart or to teach others how to live Christ conscienceness. But rather, he came to this world to suffer in for the sins of man and to pay for the price of sin. Just like what he told his disciples

“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things. ” – Luke (Lk 24:44-48)

In fact Jesus Christ must come to the world to suffer and pay for the sins of mankind, and it is through his blood that man can once again be reconcile with God. Just as the author of Hebrews once explained

“or this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” – Author of Hebrews (Heb 9:15)

Only by dying can he open the new and living way for people to be reconciled with God

Which the Author of Hebrews urged Christians

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. ” Author of Hebrews (Heb 10:19-22).

Well is that Christ consciousness? I hardly think so.

Did Jesus came to establish Christianity?

Jesus came to the world to open a new and living way for man to be reconciled with God. At the same time making all the old testament sacrifice valid with his blood.

He once said this to Cephas (Peter)

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Jesus ( Matt 16:17-19)

Jesus already indicated that there will be church, and after his resurrection, he instructed his disciples

“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”” – John (John 20:21-23)

And just before he was taken back to heaven he commissioned his disciples

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Jesus (Matt 28:18-20)

And just before he ascended to heaven, he promised to provide help for his disciples

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” -Jesus (Acts 1:8)

With the help of that power, the Holy Spirit move the people to believe in Jesus, and the disciples are able to start this religion which is known as the way.. and eventually be recognised as “Christianity”

So… Do we need discuss further if Christ have came to start Christianity?

Finding a church.

Actually writing this series “the Mystery That Oprah could not solve” we have talked about how important are doctrines and rules in the church as well as the fact that the Holy Spirit is the one who established the church. It goes to remind modern Christian an important point.

A church that doesn’t preach the truth of God is not a church, a church that contain half truths cannot save.

Therefore all Christians should take time to examine the beliefs of the church. Look at their doctrines to see if they point toward God. Remember in the last days Jesus said

“Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” -Jesus (Matt 24:4-5)

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.
“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.” – Jesus (Matt 24:23-26)

The church is build upon the foundation of the Law, the Prophets and the Apostles, with Christ as the cornerstone (Eph 2:19-22) therefore, let us be diligent in understanding the scripture and to test the foundations of our church, to see if we are on the right foundation.

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