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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Do People Think Jesus Is A Scam?

You have heard it as much as I have: "If it seems too good to be true; it is!" I suppose some people believe that you can get a new car- according to some of the ads in the paper- for less than $10,000 but I am afraid of what that car will look like. I still wonder how these dealers can make these claims. Do they have one car which is being sold at this price?

Yet when I talk to people about Jesus I can't help but believe they are thinking the same thing. Once I spoke to one young girl who had gotten herself in a terrible relationship and had done things that she was sorry for. I told her that she could be forgiven for everything she had done and it would never be brought up again. I told her that Jesus loved her without regard to the things that she had done. I told her that we- the church- never needed to know what she had done. I told her that if we found out, it wouldn't matter anyway because we were all in need of a Savior because we had all done things we wished we hadn't.

She began to cry silently and sobbed, "I wish I could believe that."

I wanted her to believe badly. I didn't know how to tell her that this isn't a scam. I wanted her to know that I had received this forgiveness. But in the end, she just couldn't believe it.

Times like that really hurt. I hate it when people walk around feeling guilty. Something inside us determines right and wrong. Maybe that's the image of God that has been imprinted on us. We can pretend that our guilt doesn't exist but we really know the truth underneath. When we are offered the chance to rid ourselves of it we should jump at it. I guess it seems to good to be true.

There was a time when I decided it was true. I confessed my wrongs to Jesus and He really did take the guilt away. I haven't been the same since. I know who I was so I know anyone else can do this too. I know who I am so I know that anyone else can keep being forgiven.

I admit; it sure does sound like a scam. How do I tell people it isn't? How do they know I am not a scam artist myself?

1 comment:

HallelujahChild said...

I am not sure people think Jesus is a scam but they may think he sounds to good to be true often in this crazy day and age and that maybe it is just all made up .If one says but we have the bible to prove it is not they come back and say and how do you know that is not made up too ? I used to do street ministry and one of the biggest things i was asked most often was if your God is so great why does he let the world be in such a mess .It is even harder to explain Satan than Christ to the unbelievers though they do believe Satan does exist while they often are unsure about Jesus I discovred but no one every mentioned to me they thought Jesus was a scam .That was a new one on me .I enjoy your blogs and read them all .I laughed myself almost out of my chair over the one of your dog ..A very clever dog obviously who thinks a lot and plots. Like a Judas in your own home .