Myths About Christianity | Dr. Ed Young

Myths About Christianity | Dr. Ed Young


Theme Music In our Scripture today, we have four of the apostles
asking Jesus questions. Why are they asking
these questions? It’s because that Jesus has said
to them, “I am leaving.” They knew that He was going to
the Cross. They knew that He was going to
be crucified, and therefore, their whole world had crashed in because they had recognized in their 3 years of living with Him
that this is indeed the Messiah. Understand the Jews prayed
every day, every day, all of their life-
“Come Messiah! Come Messiah!” They prayed for the coming of
the Messiah day, after day, after day, and now they
found Him, and they were in the
intimate circle. They were the apostles. Now Jesus said, “I am going
away… I’m going away.” And they were crushed. They couldn’t believe it. They looked for the Messiah
to come and set up a kingdom on this
earth, a theocracy, and to rule, and to reign. And now, He’s going away when
He said I’m going to Jerusalem for
the Passover. Remember, Old Thomas said,
“Don’t go. Don’t go. Don’t you know the situation?” In parenthesis,
“They’ll kill You!” And Jesus says, “I’m going.” And Thomas says, “Well, let’s
all go with Him then, and we’ll be killed at
Your side.” And now we see that it gets
darker and darker until they come into Jerusalem
on that Palm Sunday and everything changed! Palm branches,
“Hosanna, Hosanna! The King is coming! Messiah!” All the Messianic signs, and the
apostles certainly felt, “Hey, this, this may be it. This may be our moment
in history. Maybe the kingdom will be
established…” But toward the end of the week, everything grew darker and
darker until He kept saying, “I’m going to leave. I’m going to depart. You’ll not have Me;
I’ll not be with you.” He said it over and over again. That led to the four questions
that you have that surround two of them
in John, John 14, three of them, rather, in 14, and one of them in the later
part of John 13. The first question is asked
by Peter, and then he comes back and he
asks a follow-up question to the question that he asked, later part of Chapter 13
of John. Then beginning with John 14, we have coming,
Thomas asked a question. Then Phillip asked a question,
and then Judas, not Judas Iscariot-the other
Judas asked a question. We have four of the apostles
asking questions, and their questioning time led
up to the fact that Jesus was going to leave. And the whole theme of John 14
is one of Jesus leaving, and Jesus coming. Jesus leaving and Jesus coming. The 14th Chapter of John is the
great Chapter on comfort. You can hardly go to a
funeral service that this Chapter will not be
read from. You just can’t go… We’re familiar with it, and
perhaps we’ve heard it so often, we forget the primary thrust of
these words. So we’re not going to look at
all of John 14. We’re going to sit down on this
great Chapter of comfort on the first 6 Verses. Hope you have your Bibles
with you; if not, look on the screen. Turn to John, the Gospel of
John, Chapter 14. I’ll read Verse 1
through Verse 6. “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God;
believe also in Me. In My Father’s House are many
dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have
told you; for I go to prepare a place
for you, and if I go and prepare a place
for you, I will come again and receive
you to Myself that where I am, there you may be also, and you
know the way where I am going.” Thomas said,
(Here’s Thomas’ question) “Lord, we do not know where
You’re going. How do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth,
and the Life. No one comes to the Father but
by Me.” You gotta get this,
so I’ll repeat it: John 14 is all about Jesus
leaving and Jesus coming back. That’s the whole theme, and the underlying,
over-riding purpose is to give comfort to
the apostles. Judas has left. Eleven are there. This is the night before Jesus
was crucified. This is His last valedictory
address, and it’s fabulous. Read sometimes just as a
devotional thought, all at one time,
John 14, 15, 16, and 17. I mean, it is just-lays out
before us, but it begins with 14, and it’s
all about comfort-comfort. You know what would give anybody
here comfort, any situation you have? Any situation I have? You know what would comfort you
and me more than anything else, whatever you are going through? Whatever you’ve been through? Anxiety, pressure? “I lost my job. I’m going through a
marital crisis. I have a problem with my
kids…” and we could just make list,
after list, after list of all the things that causes
our heart to be troubled. You know what would give us
comfort more than anything else? Comfort comes when we are
confident in the future. I am comforted when I am
confident in the future. Whatever happens now, I am comforted when I’m
confident in the future. You see, God-a relationship with
God in Jesus Christ automatically gives us this. God is timeless. Therefore, to God, there’s no
past, or present, or future. God looks on all of time as
if we were on a top of a high mountain and looked at a river
that was flowing; this is the way that God
sees time. God sees that which is already
happened-He sees all the past. He sees the present, that which is happening now with
the river flowing, and He can see the future, and He can see the future-that
which is coming. See it? He sees that which is coming; He sees what is happening now; He sees all of that that has
gone past. That is Almighty God. Therefore, He alone can bring
us comfort because He gives us confidence
in the future. So here He gives these words of
comfort to these eleven apostles that are so broken, because He
knows that in just a few hours, their whole world is going to
come apart. He knows what He’s going
to face. The crucifixion was the least
part of it. The shame, the beating… He’d be spit upon. All the weight of the world
would come on Him. The Heavenly Father would turn
away from Him. All this was coming, and what
was Jesus doing? He was thinking about
His apostles. Been you or me, we’d been, “Oh, oh, what I’m gonna face,
what’s coming up! I just need help! I need…” But He was comforting those… Remember, Jesus was 100% human,
and Jesus was 100% divine. And here in His last hours, He
was offering comfort to those who’d be broken at His
departure. And we can claim the same
comfort in the 21st Century. That’s the magnificence of it. That’s the magnificence of this
timeless truth. How were they comforted? First of all, we see it in the
first Verse there, they were comforted, and Jesus
said, “Believe in My Presence.” He is saying,
“Believe I’ll be present.” He said, “Let not your heart be
troubled; believe in God…” He was saying, “Do you see God?” They said, “No, we don’t see
God…” “Do you believe in God?” “Absolutely!” He said, “Do you see Me now?” “Yes…” He said, “Soon, I will depart;
you’ll not see Me, but believe in Me, just like you
believe in God.” And the 16th Verse of John 14,
He says, “I’m not going to leave you
like orphans…” He said, “The Holy Spirit is
going to come” and therefore He says, “You be comforted because I’m
not going to desert you; I will be with you, even though
you will not see Me.” See? “Be comforted;
believe in My Presence.” Also, He says,
“Believe in My promises.” He said, “In My Father’s House
are many…” we think mansions. Poor translation! King James version said, we’ve heard all of our lives,
some of us. “I go to prepare a place for
you-I go to… if I come to prepare a place
for you, I will come again and receive
you unto Myself…” but prior to that, He said, “In My Father’s House are
many mansions…” No. Poor translation. The New American Standard says
it best: “In My Father’s House are many
dwelling places…” First of all,
the Father’s House. When you’re a kid and you go
away on a trip, or you even go a night or two; remember how great it was to be
back home? No matter how much fun you had; no matter what took place, when you get back home and you
get in your bed-man, you put on your clothes,
and you can relax! Man, that, that is the
Father’s House. That’s the first part of the
promise, to give comfort. And then He says, “And I will come and get you,
that where I am, there you may be also.” So He’s saying He’s gonna get us
and take us to Heaven. And look at the pictures
of Heaven! Heaven in the Bible is called
“a country” because it is vast. Heaven is called “a kingdom” because it has order and
structure. Heaven is called “Paradise” a Persian word for a beautiful,
walled-in garden. Heaven is called
“a dwelling place, a home.” That’s Heaven. That’s Heaven! And we have the promise that He
will come. Remember the theme? Jesus leaving,
Jesus coming back. Jesus leaving,
Jesus coming back? And we see this in
the Scripture. Now, what was the context that
these apostles heard that? He said He is leaving. He’s gonna leave. He’s gonna be crucified. He’s gonna be buried, and He takes a little sojourn
into Hell, remember? And then He, God the Father,
raises Him from the dead. He’s coming back. That’s-Easter is the first
coming back. The second coming would be, if
you would count them, would be Pentecost when the
Holy Spirit would come. Now the Holy Spirit come… By the way, understand, the
Holy Spirit, the purpose of the Holy Spirit
is to exalt Jesus Christ. You stay around somebody,
a church, and they talk about Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit… That’s all fine;
it’s just not Biblical. The Holy Spirit is subdued as
the Third Person of the Trinity because the primary purpose of
the Holy Spirit is to exalt the Second Person,
Jesus Christ-Jesus Christ. So, He’s coming back
at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came to
exalt Him. Also, He’s coming back at the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Right? When He brings down the
curtain of history? And also, He’s coming if you and
I die before the curtain of history
comes down; He’s coming to get you and get
me if we’re a believer, and if we walk with Christ. He’s not going to send some
angels-no, no, no, no! I don’t know where you get that. He’s going to come Himself! See, this gives comfort to them
in the 1st Century; it gives comfort to you and me
in the 21st Century. And that’s the promise that
is here. Also, look at the next thing we
get comfort from. He said, “I am the Way. I am the Way. I’m not a way; I am the Way.” He says, “I am the Truth,
not just a part of truth. I’m Truth, and I am the Life.” He makes that exclusive claim,
and then He adds on it and says, “By the way, nobody will get to
God except through Me.” What’s He saying? He says, “I am the Way. I am the Path. I am the Road. He said, “I am the Truth.” Bold claim. He embodied the truth. He lived out the truth. This is what He taught,
and He lived what He taught. Think about it. He practiced what He preached. “I am the Truth,
and I am the Life…” When we take our mortal lives
and join up with Jesus, who is immortal, we become
immortal like He is immortal, and it begins now, and it goes
all the way through eternity. But this very exclusive claim just rattles people that we work
with, live around, and those who are sort of quasi-Christians-
quasi-Christians. And you hear such things as, “All religions are the same at
the bottom. You take away all the ritual or
tradition and all the things; when you get down to the bottom,
all religions are the same.” You’ve heard that. You hear it all the time. There’s only one problem
with it: That’s about the most
stupid statement a human being could utter. All religions are far from being
the same. Allah, and the God revealed in
Jesus Christ, are diametrically opposed almost
to each other. It’s not the same. The distinctiveness of
Christianity is the uniqueness of Jesus. No great religious leader ever
claimed to be divine. They said, “I will point you to
the light. I will instruct you along the
path to salvation. I will say that is the way you
understand God, and that gives the summa bona
meaning of your life.” They do all of this,
but only Jesus says, “I am God Incarnate-I Am.” That begins this statement,
isn’t it? “I Am the Way.” I Am starts off with a claim of
being, and speaking for God. “The Word became flesh and dwelt
among us.” That is God. Jesus makes this claim! Jesus makes this claim… and therefore, He backs it up. And the idea that all religions
are the same-you know the thing- “We’re all going to the top of
the mountain. It doesn’t matter which path you
take as long as you’re sincere”. That doesn’t work in any realm
of life. Certainly not in the realm
of faith. You say, “Well, you’re being
bigoted when you say that Jesus is the only way.” Listen-I would be bigoted if I
said there are many paths, religious paths that lead to the
top of the mountain where there is God, and
Christianity is one of those paths that leading up to the
top of the mountain, and I think that path is the
best path. Now if I said that, I’d be bigoted-against all the
other paths. That’s not what we’re saying. We’re saying they have all
these paths that lead up to the top of
the mountain. Some of them are broad; some of them are narrow; some of them are ritualistic, but all are based on what you do
and what you don’t do. That’s religion. Religious people say this is
what you do, and this is what you don’t do… But you see, Jesus says there is
one path, and this is the path of Truth. There’s one way, and the end of that way is God as God walks with you in that
path down that road. It’s important that we
understand that. So therefore, the idea that all
religions are the same is absolutely, positively,
totally bogus. You say, “Well down at the
heart, take away the periphera” No, no, and no because of the
uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Now you hear another myth that
comes out springing from this very, very, very birth. It says, “Well, you can have
your truth, and I can have my truth. Your truth is just as valid as
my truth.” You hear that all the time. Right? And we think we’re
very tolerant, particularly young people. Man, young people have a
tough time! “I don’t want to be judgmental; I don’t want to be narrow. I don’t want to put
anybody down. I want to be inclusive…” and we get mixed up at this
point, ladies and gentlemen. We know that America is a
pluralistic society, and we know that every
profession of faith, every profession of religion is
protected in America. It is protected. We can believe as we want
to believe, but being protected equally doesn’t mean it is
equally valid. What makes something true or not
when it is uttered? It is the credentials of the one
who is stating it. I’m saying look at the
credentials of Jesus Christ. Look at them. Thousands of years before Jesus
was born, there are just dozens and
dozens of prophecies that tell us, from God’s Word,
from the very utterance of God, the revelation of God,
the Person that’s going to be His Son and
His representative on the earth, the word Incarnate,
the Word made flesh. And we see you will know when
He comes because He will fulfill all of
these prophecies, and Jesus alone is the
perfect fingerprint that fulfills all
those prophecies. We could talk about His
miracles; we could talk about the
resurrection. Did you know the resurrection of
Jesus Christ is the most examined,
historical fact in history? More scholars, more skeptics,
more archaeologists, more anthropologists,
more theologians have looked at that one fact than any other
fact in history. And when someone does that
honestly and openly and objectively and intelligently,
with almost few exceptions, they say, “The forensic evidence
is absolutely overwhelming!” So we could go through the
credentials of Jesus, and they are numerous, and it is the credentials that
give credibility. I had two granddaughters
that were born jaundiced, you know? Susannah, Rachel –
Cliff’s first two daughters. And the pediatrician said,
you know, “We’ll keep ’em a little bit
and get an ultraviolet light. It will stimulate their
liver-they’ll be fine. Right? Right?
Yeah… What if the parents had said, “Well, you know, we’re going
to try something else. You know, we’re gonna put drops
in their eyes; get all that yellow out
of there. We’re gonna get some white-wash
on their skin, and put some oil, and wi… we’re gonna try that.” Pediatrician say, “Look, all you have to
do-ultraviolet light for a period of time and they’ll
be fine. I’ve done this hundreds and
hundreds of times with newborns. They’d say, “No, no, no.” Now who are you going
to believe? The doctor has credentials! He has validity! He has experience. You see, this is the way it is. “Well, this truth claim is as
good as that…” Oh no, no. Where are the credentials that
are behind it? Where is the evidence that is
behind it? Gallup just had a poll and said
eighty-four percent of the people in America believe that
Jesus is the Son of God. What about that? Eighty-four percent! Hhmm… That’s eighty-four percent in
their heads, checking off something,
answering a questionnaire saying that Jesus is the
Son of God. That is to believe. But you see, it’s one thing to
believe, and that’s a good step in the
right direction; but you have to take action. You know, I’ll tell… I believe that that step right
there will hold my weight. You think? I think that step right
there will… I could step from this platform and step on that first top
step there and I think it’d hold me up. I really do! In fact, I’m confident of that. But I can stand here and
believe that, and I just have head knowledge; but when I step on that step,
I have taken action, and that’s what it is to
be a Christian. We don’t just believe all these
wonderful facts: I’m the Way, the Truth,
and the Life, and Jesus is the Son of God. We have to take action and say, “Because You are the Son of God
and that Book promises when I give my life to You-
life comes in me! Eternity comes in Me,
and then we know for sure that we are bound for Heaven! Let me tell you something: I’m
going to say something about me, but it applies to everyone here
who not only believes, but have taken that step
of faith and invited Jesus Christ in
their life. This is what I want to say
about me. It applies to everybody here
who’s a Christian. I want you to know something:
My name is in Heaven. My citizenship is in Heaven. My inheritance is in Heaven. My mother and my father and my
brother-they are in Heaven, and I know that four of my aunts
are in Heaven. Three I’m not sure about. Two of my uncles. The rest of them, I have big
questions about; but I can tell you,
I know they’re in Heaven! And I’ve got friends I have
cried with, I have traveled with, I have
been with, I have hung out with, and I know they are in Heaven. And I can look to Heaven and
know that Jesus is in Heaven, and I can say and with
confidence that in Heaven, I will know as I have
been known. I’ve seen through things darkly. I will see clearly and
understand, and I know there is a beauty
there and a Paradise there, and a radiance there that’s out
of this world, and a magnificence that will not
be captured in a dozen sunrises, or sunsets on this earth! I know there’ll be beauty,
there’ll be creativity, there’ll be praise, there will
be unbelievable travel, and all the senses that I have
and you have will be multiplied 20, 30, or 100 fold. Let me tell you, Heaven is
literally out of this world! And I don’t know about you,
but far as I’m concerned, I don’t know why I’m
still here… (Audience laughs and claps). Got any problems? Jesus comes just like He did to
those apostles who were so upset about Him
bailing out and being crucified. He comes and says,
“Hey-believe My Presence. I’ll be with you. Understand My promises. I’m going to come get you,
and I’ll take you home. And understand My Person,
My credibility. I’m the Way. I’m the Truth. I’m the Life, and you’ll get all the way
to Heaven and all the way to the Father
through Me.” Kind of makes us homesick,
doesn’t it? W. C. Fields, Comedian in the last
generation-decadent guy, but funny as he could be,
was dying. And as he was dying, he was
thumbing through the Bible, and one of his pagan friends
said, “W. C., what are you doing?” He says, “I’m looking for a
loophole, my boy… I’m looking for a loophole…” Heh, heh, heh. You don’t have to look for
a loophole. Heaven is just as big as the
love of God. Because He lives,
we too, shall live, and therefore,
whatever comes up, we shall be comforted! For too long America has turned it’s back on the biblical principles that
have made this county great. We’ve substituted political
correctness for the truth of God’s word. Now we find ourselves in a world
that has lost its moral compass. Have we gone too far? What is the hope for
our Country? In the series
Truth, Lies and America Today, Dr. Ed Young takes an in-depth
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