Defaming the Name of Jesus
by David J. Stewart
"The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth." —Psalm 37:12
The Lord Jesus Christ has been gone from the earth for nearly 2,000 years; yet, many people today still defame his character, slander his good name and say all manner of evil against Him.
Jesus never sinned even once (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus was holy and perfect in every way. Yet, His enemies found enough fault in Him to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. If they did that to our Lord and Savior, prey tell me, what do you think our enemies will do to us?
It's been nearly 2,000 years and yet so many people today hate Jesus, and still try to find fault with Him, just as the wicked Pharisees did. Many historians wickedly try to uncover some detail under some rock that will discredit the Lord Jesus, shame His testimony and destroy His credibility. Try as they may, they have failed, and so they fabricate every malicious lie about the precious Savior.
Conan O'Brien has portrayed Jesus Christ as a homosexual voyeur on his Late Night Show. Dan Brown and Ron Howard portrayed Jesus as having a sexual relationship with Mary Magdalene in The DaVinci Code, and claim He had children. The Last Temptation of Christ slanders our Lord and portrays Him of being an adulterer. The Godless movie SAVED, horribly blasphemes the holy name of Jesus, making jokes as to how well Jesus is “hung” on the cross while focusing on His crotch. The blasphemous movie, Jesus Christ Superstar, assassinates our Lord's character and portrays Him as a worldly heathen. Rocker, Harvey Danger, sings that Jesus had to go die on the cross and stuck him with the check.
Marilyn Manson, on his album Holywood, displays a picture of a rotting man on a cross. Manson mutilates himself on stage, rips-up the Holy Bible and spews “blasphemies” against the Lord Jesus Christ. John Lennon, in his book, A Spaniard in the Works, portrays Jesus Christ as, "Jesus El Pifico, a garlic-eating, stinking little yellow, greasy fascist bastard Catholic Spaniard" (A Spaniard in the Works, p.14).
In the alleged Gospel of Judas, which is not a part of the Bible, Jesus is portrayed as a conspirator with Judas. Many people today claim that Jesus was a fake and a fraud. Criss Angel and David Blaine have both publicly attempted to imitate the miracles of Jesus, in an admitted attempt to discredit the Son of God. In so doing, they have hardened people's hearts against God, just as Pharaoh's magicians hardened his heart against God in imitating Moses' miracles.
Perhaps no other group has attacked the Messiah any more than His own people, the Jews. In the Jewish holy book, the Talmud, Jesus is said to have been boiled in excrement (urine and dung). This is what the world has to say about the spotless Lamb of God.
Isaiah 51:7, “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.”
So what do you think our enemies will say about us? While the righteous expose the wicked for parading their sins publicly, and for attempting to publicly justify their wickedness; the wicked pry under every rock, maliciously plotting against the righteous, monitoring our every move with a magnifying glass, just waiting for any fault or sin that they can use to destroy our name, assassinate our character and discredit our work for God. Our intent is good; their intent is evil. When you're a Christian, the whole world is waiting for you to fall. Criticism can only destroy us if we respond wrongly. Let God avenge you of enemies (Romans 12:19). Don't fight back. There's no way to fight back and be Christlike. The Lord didn't say to “Go into all the world and spread gossip about every creature.”
Anybody can spread a rumor until it becomes as truth, even though it's a bunch of lies. People all over the world are suspicious of Jesus Christ, thinking that He may have had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene, because of evil movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ, and The DaVinci Code, that spread rumors about Jesus Christ. That is the intent of such movies, i.e., to plant seeds of doubt and suspicion in people's minds, to discredit Christianity. Ah, but God is still on His throne, and the wicked shall not prevail (Isaiah 13:11).
Here is what Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Propaganda Minister, said about the power of lying...
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
SOURCE: Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels
If this sinful world found fault, where there was no fault, in our precious Lord and Savior and nailed Him to a cross; then you can be assured that they will nail us to a cross as well when we are less than perfect. If they can't find fault, then they will spread rumors about us in an attempt to destroy us and our work for God in their hatred.
Keep in mind that Jesus was perfect, and yet they found fault where there was no fault. The servant is not greater than his Lord. If people hated, betrayed and spread rumors about the Lord Jesus Christ, then we can be assured that they'll do the same to us too. Love them with God's unconditional love and pray for them.
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