“Hush, Dorothy,” whispered the Tiger, “you’ll ruin my reputation if you are not more discreet. It isn’t what we are, but what folks think we are, that counts in this world.”
~ Frank Baum in The Road to Oz
Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time?
I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, just like most of the apostles were.
However, after I began reading church history and got to know some people whom God was using mightily in my own lifetime, my question shifted from the threat of death to something else.
Imagine . . . a man who claims to be the Messiah, living during your time. This man is impressive, but He’s been accused of the following:
*He’s an illegitimate child (John 8:41).
*He’s a deceiver (John 7:12).
*He’s mentally ill (John 10:20).
*He’s demon possessed (Matt. 9:34; John 7:20).
*He’s Beelzebub [Satan] enfleshed (Matt. 10:25).
*He’s a blasphemer (Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:7)
*He’s an open enemy to the Law of Moses. (To put this in modern terms, His teachings and practices went against the Bible).
In addition, His words are regularly misunderstood by His followers (John 21:22-23) and deliberately twisted by His detractors (Matthew 26:60-61).
I’m of course talking about Jesus of Nazareth. He was accused of all of the above.
Because these rumors were so widespread during His day, Scripture says that Jesus was a man of “no reputation” (Philippians 2:7).[Continue Reading…]