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Over the years we have observed a wide variety of groups who outright reject the Jesus of Scripture but somehow feel the need to attach His name to their group or cause in order to give them an air of legitimacy. It happens with world religions, cults, social causes and politics.

Some years ago we took a group on a tour through a Hindu temple. One of our group, not familiar with Hinduism, thought he might take the opportunity to share the gospel by saying that he believed Jesus was God. To his surprise the Hindu tour guide smiled and said yes, he was. The guide proudly explained that Jesus was one of the incarnations of Vishnu. The Hindu Jesus is by no means the Jesus of Scripture and history but by attaching His name to their religious claims, they hope it may influence Christians to give some validity to their claims.

Islam also attaches “a Jesus” to their faith to lend credibility to their claims. Their Jesus is a prophet …The Muslim Jesus certainly is not God, but is a sinless human prophet who preached Islam, Jesus true teachings have been corrupted or lost, so Muhammad had to be raised up to get the truth back on track. So, again, Muslims teach a different Jesus, a different gospel, and a completely different God – Allah is not the God of the bible – but by attaching some version of Jesus to their system, they believe they add His popularity to their belief system.

Jehovah’s Witnesses also claim to believe in Jesus. Of course he was only “Jesus” while on earth – he was originally created as Michael the archangel who ceased to exist when he sent his “life force” into the womb of Mary. The newly created “Jesus” was not an angel, but was a mere human while on earth who was ultimately crucified (to give mankind the opportunity to save themselves!) and likewise ceased to exist. No more Jesus. Thankfully, Jehovah then created another archangel he called Michael to replace the human Jesus who the Watchtower says is “forever dead.”

Mormons have a different sort of Jesus. He was born on a planet near the star Kolob (wherever that is!) to a god and one of his many Mormon wives. The Mormon “Jesus” became a god like his father before him and his father before him and … well, you get the idea. The good news is we too can become gods and goddesses like all the gods and goddesses before us, keep the women goddesses eternally pregnant, giving birth to a new spirit baby every nine months in order to populate our own planets…

Now we have a relatively new “Jesus” on the scene – the “Jesus” of the Emergent Church. This is a “Jesus” of leftist politics and social action. “Red Letter Christians,” Emergent Christians and other social engineers like using the name of Jesus, but do not care for his teachings overmuch, except for the few they can twist to support their political views. Their “Jesus” wasn’t really opposed to sexual sin, probably approved of homosexuality (maybe even pedophilia), and his true mission was to speak to the issue of income inequality and the necessity of universal “free” health care…

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