Who do you want as your priest? Do you want Aaron or Jesus, a Shaman soothsayer or Jesus, Joseph Smith of Mormonism or Jesus, an Islamist cleric or Jesus, an ecclesiastical Catholic or Jesus, a guru of Eastern mysticism or Jesus, Shirley McLaine and Madonna or Jesus? Checking the fine print just might be a good idea.
The commandments, rituals, and regulations of the Mosaic Law cannot get men and women to God. The law, as well intentioned as it may be, cannot produce human perfection, which is the minimum requirement for access to God. So, what hope do we have? Actually, we have a better hope, says the writer of Hebrews, a hope that makes us perfect before God. Sound crazy?
Christianity is neither an addition to Judaism nor does it adorn Judaism. To the contrary, Christianity is a new order. Essentiality, Judaism gives us the symbols while Jesus gives us the substance. If you’re looking for spiritual, life-changing power, then cease clinging to the symbols and open your life to the substance.
Did Jesus have a twin? Is it possible that Jesus slipped in and out of a fleshly covering many times in Scripture, now you see Him – now you don’t? Is it really essential to see Jesus as the unique, one of a kind Son of God, or has He appeared many times in history? The answer might change your life.
Perpetual feelings of guilt aren’t part of God’s plan – not for any of us. The Countryside Baptist family, along with its pastor and staff, do not exist in order to burden anyone with guilt. We’re here to help unload that guilt and overcome it. God’s purpose is not to rub guilt in our faces – He wants to rub it out altogether.
These verses comprise what may be the most controversial passage in the Bible. This interpretive dilemma is answered in several different ways. There is the insecure group interpretation. There is the secure group interpretation. There is the mixed group interpretation. Which is correct? Are any correct? Get ready for a theological collision of epic proportions.