Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 4

Doctrine matters. Many times doctrine is looked down upon these days. Teaching and rational thought are traded in for feeling, fuzzy interpretations, and noncommittal statements. But doctrine matters. It divides the wheat from the chaff and sets boundaries between worldviews. Many throw away the doctrine of the Gospels for a newer, softer Jesus. People want the Buddhist Jesus, who speaks in koans and mystically contemplates the unknown while letting all paths lead to God. This … Continue reading

Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 3

Jesus was a Buddhist, at this claim the left and Gnostics alike cheer. The thought that this carpenter from Nazareth was no one of authority. No, He is the meek mild Buddhist giving a gnostic message which plays nice all the other religions. There is one small issue – it’s a lie. This portrait they paint is not real. James Hanson may have concluded that the Jesus of history was really a Buddhist by reading into … Continue reading

Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 2

Many have claimed the real story of Jesus is different from the records of the New Testament. As early as the second century different cults were claiming to have found new information. All claimed the lost years of Jesus’ childhood as their basis. In Part 1 of this series we discussed the new form this has taken in recent years where Jesus is claimed to have travelled to India to become a Buddhist. The article … Continue reading

Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 1

We survived another Christmas. It is fascinating that as that season rolls around there is usually a great push to be politically correct. “Merry Christmas” is replaced with “happy holidays”. Mangers are replaced with the new and improved reindeer sleigh display. Everywhere people don’t want to be offensive. It is usually in this atmosphere we will get some program or newspaper article that tells us what “really” happened at Jesus’ birth. On Christmas CNN ran … Continue reading

Invoking the Power of “Mom”

Often when Christian’s talk with those of a different belief system or worldview, they have the idea that by simply presenting the facts and evidence for the Christian worldview, the person will “see” the truth, and embrace it. It is of course, very important to be ready and able to present the facts and evidence that underpin Christianity, but there are other important considerations that we may not be aware of. Sometimes the different definitions … Continue reading

Conversation with a New Ager

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 MCOI Journal) This is a succinct retelling of a conversation betwixt me and an adherent of a New-Age worldview. When it comes to evangelization, apologetics, polemics or into whichever field your ministry takes you, you ought to be confident in standing on the truth of YHVH’s Word—the Bible—and His Holy Spirit. As it has been stated elsewhere: Know what you believe, and why you believe it. It is of … Continue reading