CHRISTIANITY IS CHRIST
BY: JAMES A. FOWLER
Allow me to retell the story of Guatama Buddha who lived some four hundred years prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. He was dying. Some of his devotees came to Buddha and asked how they should perpetuate his memory. ”How should we share with the world the remembrance of you? How shall we memorialize you?” Buddha responded, ”Don’t bother! It is not me that matters, it is my teaching that should be propagated and adhered to throughout the world.”
Does that seem self-effacing a noble ideal to avoid ego-centricity? ”Don’t focus on me, just remember my teaching.”
If Jesus Christ had said something like that, it would certainly legitimize what we see all around us in so-called ”Christian religion” today. For ”Christian religion” is the propagation of various understandings of Jesus’ teaching as determined by various interpretations of the Bible. From what we observe in ”Christian religion” today, it would appear that most who call themselves ”Christians” must think that Jesus advocated the same thing that Buddha is alleged to have uttered.
Jesus Christ did not say anything like that! In fact, what Buddha said is contrary to everything Jesus taught, and everything recorded in the New Testament Scriptures. Jesus did not say, ”Just remember My teaching.” Jesus said, ”I AM the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) ”I AM the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25). Jesus Himself, the very Person and Life of Jesus Christ, is the essence of everything He came to bring to this world. Christianity is Christ!
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