A critical question for every seeker is, “Who is Jesus?” He asked of His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” in Matthew 16:13. The true answer will be found in scripture. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” If I want the raw, unvarnished truth about who Jesus is, truth will tell me.
But a lot of people now have staked their future in postmodernism. A postmodern interpretation of religion emphasizes the key point that religious truth is highly individualistic, subjective, and resides within the individual. Basically, truth is what you want it to be.
This postmodernist thought has seeped into people’s opinions about Jesus — and it has changed the Savior. People now “preach another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4). To illustrate this, let me show you the difference in the biblical Jesus vs. the postmodern Jesus.
- Born as God in the flesh vs. born as a man who was promoted to deity.
- Warns of sin, judgment, and hell vs. never says anything negative.
- Commands repentance of sins vs. disregards repentance of sins.
- Gives you salvation, hope, peace, and joy vs. gives you health, wealth, and happy feelings.
- Hated and despised by the world vs. loved and accepted by the world.
- Hates sin and exposes the truth about sin vs. condones sin and never corrects you of your sins.
- Issues commands with divine authority vs. gives suggestions instead of commandments.
- Offends the world with the truth vs. hates to offend you and embraces political correctness.
- Brings strife and division when necessary vs. promotes unity and tolerance at all costs.
- Preaches God’s righteousness vs. preaches only love.
- Exalts God the Father’s will vs. serves your will, not God’s.
- Warns of false signs and wonders while magnifying God’s word vs. exalts signs, wonders, and mysticism above God’s word.
- Demands that emotion, experience, and opinion conform to sound doctrine vs. exalts emotion, experience, and opinion above sound doctrine.
- Commands you to deny yourself and allow Christ to work in you vs. encourages you to love yourself and gratify all your fleshly desires.
The postmodern Jesus isn’t Jesus. He’s made up by man to make people feel better because the biblical Jesus is a hard road to follow: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Who is Jesus to you?