There are countless interpretations about what Christ has said and done. It is important for all spiritual seekers, Christians included, to be extremely careful about these interpretations. If you are a devout seeker of truth, most likely you have come across many spiritual teachers and books claiming to have “new revelations” about who Christ is and what He did and said. Many of these books have exoteric roots and were written by mediums, while contacting what they claim to be either angels, or dead spiritual teachers, or “ascended masters.” Some of these authors even claim that their messages are directly from Jesus Himself! The list of counterfeit teachings that exist around the wold today is truly staggering. Countless young people are being deceived by these false teachings and are becoming enamored with the occult.
I spent almost 25 years exploring different spiritual paths and I am sad to admit that I fell prey to a lot of these false teachings. But God knew my sincere desire to know the truth and He saved me.
With so much information available today, how can one accurately discern what is truth from what is false? The Bible contains many chapters warning us about false teachers. Many old prophets as well as the apostles gave us clear instructions about how these false teachers would distort the Word of God and mislead people away for the truth. Sadly any of these false prophets infiltrated the early church and completely distorted the teachings of Christ. There are numerous passages in the Old and New Testaments about false prophets and teachers. This passage from Mathew 7:15 is very clear – “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” See also Mathew 24; Luke 6:26; 1 John 4:1; Mathew 7:15; 2 Peter 2:1 and several passages form the Old Testament including Jeremiah 14:14 & 23:16; Lamentations 2:14; Ezekiel 13:9 & 22:28 among many others. Needless to say, God had a a whole lot to say about false prophets and teachers and we must take His warnings seriously.
Knowing Christ is not about learning a philosophy or a set of doctrines. Knowing Christ is knowing Truth itself. Jesus said about Himself, “I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life.” He was not confused about who He was and He did not come to create a new dogma, teaching, or philosophy. He came to fulfill the demands of the Law of the Old Covenant and establish a New Covenant between God and His creation. A Covenant of Grace and Love.
I invite you to seek and most importantly to find the Living Christ. Look for a Bible translation that is easy to read and begin reading about His life, His teachings and His amazing promises. Reading the book of John is a wonderful place to start. Forget the hundreds of books out there “about Christ” and begin reading His book, the Holy Bible. Invite Christ Himself to reveal Himself to you. You can be sure that He will and your life will never be the same!