Why Choose Jesus: Reason #1

Many people choose Jesus over all possible choices of religious leaders for emotional reasons: “spiritual sensations” or they “always knew” it was true. That’s great! Burning in the bosom or Slain in the Spirit it doesn’t matter, it is an experience. Some have prayers answered so this confirms their belief that they hold as truth.

However many adherents to other religious say similar thing. Feelings are a bad indicator of truth. Imagine getting in the Space Shuttle and the engineers saying “I have goose bumps! I’m sure it will be fine!” Ridiculous?

Some of the reasons we have given for trusting Jesus sound ludicrous to others. Actually, they sound ridiculous to most of us. You might think yourself persecuted because they ridicule your reasons for believing, but maybe your reasoning is ridiculous. It isn’t surprising they would feel this way when you don’t have a sound reason. Outsiders simply find your belief to be hopeful thinking. They think “Is that the best reason you have?” It simply helps them justify not following Jesus, because it is pretty flimsy!

Here is a solid reason to follow Jesus. It is an objective approach, one that your non-believing friends won’t mock.  As I have studied the major religions, I’ve discovered that Jesus is the only sensible choice. I wrote  a book dealing with the issue of choosing whom you can trust. It is an objective look at a complex subject very important to everyone.

I have studied Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Let’s look at them from one point of view: How did the religions begin? Using this, one only has a singular sensible choice. Jesus is the only reasonable choice.

The founders of Baha’i (Bahá’u’lláh), Mormanism (Joseph Smith), and Islam (Mohammad) all have similarities. Each were told by an angel of their new, divergent religions. Each were considered the Paraclete. The Paraclete is the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus who He sent at Pentecost to the disciples. Paraclete means comforter or helper.

“Paraclete comes from the Koine Greek word παράκλητος (paráklētos, that can signify “one who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts; hence refreshes, and/or one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court”).[1] The word for “Paraclete” is passive in form, and etymologically (originally) signified “called to one’s side”. The active form of the word, parakletor, is not found in the New Testament but is found in Septuagint in Job 16:2 in the plural, and means “comforters”, in the saying of Job regarding the “miserable comforters” who failed to rekindle his spirit in his time of distress.”

Each of these individuals claimed to be the Paraclete. They believed they were the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise.
Bahá’u’lláh, Joseph Smith, and Mohammad claim to be the one sent by Jesus. Each claim they saw an angel that told them to proclaim these new religions.

Hinduism has been formed over thousands of years in India. It came from ancient tribal religions that worshiped ancestors, animals and rocks; called animism. Over the many years that followed it formed into Hinduism.

Buddhism was founded by the first Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. He, through meditation, discovered Buddhism “the middle way” under a fig tree. Siddhartha lived in an area influenced by Hinduism which explains the many commonalities of the two religions. 400 years latter his ideas were written down.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses were founded by Charles Taze Russell in the US in the 1800’s. He simply started a new religion. It was a change from the orthodox Christian religion having many differing doctrines. Eventually they came up with a new version of the Bible.

Jews were waiting for their promised Messiah. His coming was prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus is accepted as a great prophet but rejected as the Messiah by most adherents.

In summary a few guys saw an angel, an animistic culture made a religion, another had a big idea, and others refused to see what was before their very eyes. If these were my only choices, I would be hard pressed to decide who I believed.

What if someone comes to you saying they saw an angel? From this experience they explain what the angel revealed about reality and how you should live. Would you sell the farm and do what he said? Strangely many have.

How do you know if they saw an angel? How do you know if their ideas are the truth? Should you wait for a feeling?

Jesus is unique. He is prophesied to come and die and rise from the dead by the Old Testament. This was affirmed by his own words. To confirm his authority he performs many miracles. He died on a Cross in Jerusalem, a population estimated to be 80-100 thousand people. He did it at the hands of the Romans. He was given up to them by the Jewish religious leaders. He was tried and drug his cross to Calvary before the masses. There he died.

He was buried in a tomb. After three days he rose from the dead. He lived amongst the early Jewish followers for 40 days after the resurrection and they saw him ascend to Heaven. The disciples and early followers went about telling people of this resurrection. There were about 500 followers who experienced him after the resurrection.

These disciples died horrible deaths proclaiming what they had experienced. Apostle John died in prison. They told of obeying Jesus’ teaching on sacrificial love and that he must be listened to.

He was prophesied, raised from the dead and the witnesses of this event died not for insurrection but proclaiming the message.

Since there are great implications to this decision-Heaven and Hell, one must choose wisely. Do you choose the man with an idea, ignorant animists, some fellas who said they saw an angel in private or Jesus. Jesus was prophesied of for thousands of years, he rose from the dead to dwell with his followers in bodily form and many died giving this message to hostile listeners.

Who do you choose?


19 thoughts on “Why Choose Jesus: Reason #1

  1. this is such a false article as far as Mormonism is concerned. Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son. As in the Bible, the Father said to Joseph, “This is my beloved Son. Hear Him”. It was the Savior who brought the gospel back to the world through Joseph Smith. As the Gospel was taken from the earth after all the apostles and diciples died off, most of whom were murdered. Then, Constentine, the Roman empirer rewrote Christianity to suit himself. The Roman Catholic Church was the main, and probably the only religion who carried the remenants of Christianity – or those who followed Christ, but the true Gospel was lost to superstitions and the false teachings of Catholic heirarchy who twisted religion to suit their own beliefs. In fact, anyone who disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church was put to death as a heretic. The Bible was hidden from the people and the religious leaders were the law. Then came along people like Martin Luther who started questioning the corrupt Roman Church and people started speaking up about the abonimations which were happening. There was no direct direction from God on the earth, that’s why so many religions were formed – each saying they were the true religion when none of them were truly founded by Christ. So, in order to have a religion which was founded by the Savior, Himself, he had to bring it to the earth again. This He did, through Joseph Smith. If you want some true information about the LDS Church, go to the source – try Mormon.org or LDS.org. I wonder if the guy who wrote this article is deliberately lying or if he is just misinformed. Either way, he should not spread something with which he is not familiar.

    1. Cute story you made up! I’ve studied Mormonism a lot…maybe you should…maybe other than LDS talking points.

      Here is a quote from wikipedia:

      “According to Smith, beginning in the “early 1820s he had visions, in one of which an angel directed him to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history of ancient American civilizations.

      The fact is his miraculous events are unverifiable by outside sources…you trust Joseph…good luck. I can’t say it didn’t happen but just because a guy was alone with a supposed angel isn’t enough for me.

      Side note: Jjust do what Jesus said and you’ll be fine.

      1. You didn’t study Mormonism a lot judging from your comments. Why don’t you go to a reliable website like Mormon.org and ask your questions there. You want the truth about Mormonism? then find out the truth. If you don’t, then leave it alone for your own sake. It is the Church of Jesus Christ and He doesn’t take kindly to people twisting the truth of any kind.

  2. You are probably not going to publish this because it is the truth. The truth is from Christ. You know who is the father of lies – and that is Satan. Don’t lie or twist the truth.

    1. Study harder…did you look at my quote from wikipedia? Just read…it isn’t a mystery…

      Do you follow Jesus or Joseph Smith?…Joseph Smith points to Jesus…so do what Jesus says and you’ll be fine.

  3. It has nothing to do with who’s religion is right or wrong. It all about our Savior, Jesus Christ! Religion is man-made; Christ is the Son of God! Keep up the good work, Cliff … 🙂

  4. If you want the truth, go to Mormon.org. Anyone can write in Wikapedia and it’s full of anti-Mormon sentiments. Read the Book of Mormon – it is another testament of Jesus Christ. What I told you weren’t stories. There were six witnesses who handled the Book of Mormon. Get the facts before you make rash judgments. You my dear person should study from the true things about Mormonism. Think of the early Christians who followed Jesus. Just like the Mormons, they were persecuted and even murdered for their beliefs – just like the Mormons. Even today, the internet and the media is so full of lies and twisted truths about Mormonism that you can see the hands of the adversary spreading ugly tentacles to keep people from learning the truth.

    You keep saying do what Jesus says – but do you really follow Him by spreading untruths. Now you know what you say is not true because I told you so, follow Jesus and find out the truth. He alone is the author of all truth and only through honest learning can you find Him. Then you can truly follow Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” is what Jesus said. So keep His commandments and find the truth. Read the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ, go to Mormon.org and find the truth. Don’t believe everything you read in anti-Mormon literature. They are lies and twisted truths and they are from Satan.

    God bless you, and I sincerely pray and hope that you, who are a seeker of truth, will find it.

  5. Oh thanks for deleting my last comment. You can’t handle the truth, can you? OBTW, true religion is not man-made. Christ founded His Church and told the apostles and all His diciples to go preach the Gospel to all nations. Or is that a fairy tale too? Find the truth and you will find the true Jesus.

    1. I’m not going around the mulberry bush with you…study more…do what Jesus said and you’ll be fine.

      This doesn’t have to be so emotional!

  6. Emotional? Of Course I am emotional. Love is a very strong emotion. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is no one above Him and He is my everything. I am His completely, and He has touched my soul. So when someone writes silly things about His Church, I tend to get a little emotional. He loves you and He loves me. As far as studying more, I have had the most perfect teacher, even my Savior. His teaching is the only thing I listen to. He has touched my heart and has held my hand. He is constantly in my life. But you dear soul, may our God bless you and be with you in everything you do. But stick with the things you know and leave the Mormons alone.

      1. Scary But then, I have chosen Jesus. Have you? do you even know Him? Why do you have the headline “Why choose Jesus: reason 1” if you really don’t know Him? Just to run down other religions? What a shame. Sorry, I thought I found another Christian, or Christ-follower. You just don’t fit the bill. Bye Bye

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