When I first heard Oprah make this statement…. I have to admit it was quite surprising to me. She’s had Christian artist on her show many times and has often talked about God. I assumed her beliefs were …Jesus is the only way to God… until I heard her say “what about Jesus?” I would like to personally extend an invitation to Oprah to come to my home and sit down with my husband and me to talk…calmly(you know these kind of talks can get folks dandruff up)… to explain the “what”.
Oprah’s own words: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eODlrxD0EM&feature=fvst
What was surprising to me was her beliefs that there are other paths to God. She also stated that God is jealous(her meaning is that this is a negative thing). Whoopi Goldlberg has also made this statement(quoted this scripture) on the view. Many people share their same views and thoughts. People have the right to have their own thoughts whether I agree with it or not, just like I have my own free will to have my beliefs. I personally disagree with their statements because I follow the teachings of the bible and because understanding the bible takes more than just knowing or reading scripture. It takes careful study and knowing the culture that was going on when it was written and understanding in what context the entire chapter was written in. You also have to explore the historical evidence and the language of that time in history. Even then it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to make God’s word alive to you.
What about Jesus? There is so much I can say and so many scriptures that can be given….but again this is a blog of some thoughts and prayers. I do want to give three scriptures though:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(NIV)
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(NIV)
John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is bornagain.”
My first conscience of a higher power was what my parents taught me. I learned a lot in Sunday school. When I was a child I would talk to God and write Him letters. Then one day when I was around 11 years old I did something wrong and knew I would get in trouble with my parents. I prayed so hard and asked God for a miracle which was to not let me get in big trouble. I knew for a fact how my parents would react. They didn’t!! I knew it was God and that was the beginning of me realizing God was real.
When I was about 12 I was watching the Billy Graham program on TV one day and I remember crying when he made the invitation to accept Jesus Christ and that day I invited Him in my life. I know I felt it that day. I continued serving God at a young age in church, but by the time I was an adult I did my own thing and stopped going to church.
Then one day when I was 32 years old I received a flyer in my fence from a local church and it was questioning where I was going to spend eternity. I called the number….a pastor came and visited me and my husband….invited us to church and prayed with us. We went and both of us totally committed our lives to the Lord. The power of Jesus washed us clean and we were 2 new people. Everyone saw the difference in us. We felt so good, happy, peaceful, renewed. Pain from our past was removed and our hearts were healed.
We dedicated our lives in service to Him and we have never stopped. Since then I have had many supernatural things happen in my life including me being healed from cancer, 4 of my children surviving premature births and months in intensive care, my son being born having cerebral palsy and me being told he would never walk or talk and he walked on the stage to get his college degree.
So when I hear the statement…what about Jesus?….my personal reaction is…..Oh my Lord God!!!!……Thank you for your Son!!!!…….Jesus is….Da’ Bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!! This reaction is just me….my joyful heart 🙂
In other words….He is real to me and what the bible says about Him is true. For those who don’t believe in any of this…….there is only one way for you to find out……seek God and ask Him to speak to you about Jesus. Have a bible in your hand and turn to the book of John and start reading with an open mind to receive the knowledge from the living word of God and you will find your answers. Believe in faith what has just been revealed to you and you will understand the mysteries of the gospel. It’s your choice to do or not do.
Message for today: It’s so hard to have a message for today because this is a very hard topic to try to discuss. Think about the motives around the whole story of Jesus. God’s motives are for our good. That is a good thing. The gospel Of Jesus Christ is good news. I feel and know it’s good…great…fantastic news…but I want to be sensitive to those that don’t understand it and are searching for truth, and even those who are angry at the perceived attitude of some of us Christians. I do truly care about you! It took a lot to write this blog today.
There is only one way to God and to understand this…You must understand who God really is. Please keep seeking for answers. Your very life depends on it.