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Real Help for Your Identity Crisis: Is it possible that you’re Jesus Christ?

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“Could it be that I am actually Jesus Christ?”  This is one of those loaded questions which many Christians will respond to with hostility and scoffing.  But we understand that for some people, this is a sincere and distressing dilemma.  If you are personally hearing voices telling you that you are Jesus, or if you can’t shake a nagging sense of conviction or some strong premonition that you are being called to relive the mission Jesus had and function as a kind of spiritual Messiah, then this post is going to give you the information you need to put this identity crisis to rest, and it will also arm you with some very helpful discernment skills for the future.

THE SOURCE OF YOUR CONVICTION

Now then, the short answer to your question is that no, you’re not Jesus.  While the conviction you’re experiencing is real, the calling is not, and that’s actually very good news.  So if God isn’t the One pushing you to consider that you could actually be Jesus, then who is?  What you’re dealing with here is demonic harassment.  Now before you start panicking about the idea of demons interacting with you in such a personal way, realize that every human on the planet gets personally harassed by demons in some form or another, so you’re not some freak because this is happening to you.  Also realize that a ton of humans are being completely taken in by demons—and by that we mean that they are totally accepting a whole slew of fantastic deceptions without ever questioning any of it.  What this means is that you’re not some dope because you didn’t instantly detect the trap demons have been trying to lure you into with this Jesus routine.

Demons are exceptional con artists, and since they know you better than you know yourself, they can use your personal fears, doubts, and insecurities to their advantage.  When demons attempt to deceive you, they don’t just grab any old deception off the shelf.  Instead, they are very selective and strategic about what kinds of lies they use to bait you with. The Jesus routine doesn’t work on every human, but it does work on quite a few, which is why you’re not the only person on the planet right now who is seriously entertaining the possibility that he could be a supernatural being.  What’s fabulous about your situation is that you’re questioning what you’re being told enough to read a post like this.  Questioning is a critical part of getting better at spiritual discernment, and spiritual discernment is about being able to accurately tell the difference between truth and lies.

PRACTICING DISCERNMENT

So by now we’ve told you that you’re not really Jesus, and that the whole suggestion that you might be Jesus is coming from demons who are trying to deceive you.  If you’re going to practice good spiritual discernment skills, you should not just be accepting our assessment of your situation.  All we’ve given you so far is a general conclusion—but where’s the support for that conclusion?  How can you really tell that demons are trying to deceive you?  Before you continue reading this post, ask God to show you if any of the material in this post is true or not.  If it is true, ask Him to help you apply it.  God is the only Source of truth, so always ask Him for His opinion whenever you come across teaching about spiritual matters.

So by now you’ve taken two critical steps towards practicing good discernment: the first step is to question the truth of what you’re being told—and this rule applies to your internal convictions as well as external teaching that you come across.  Questioning is always better than just blindly accepting what you’re being told.  By questioning everything, you stay in touch with the fact that as a human, you are very easily deceived because you can’t tell what truth is on your own.  Only God can teach you what the truth is, and that takes us to our second step: ask God for wisdom.  Once you take these two steps, the third step is to start dissecting the underlying beliefs and purposes of the specific issue at hand.  For example, you’ve got this nagging feeling that you might be Jesus.  If you are Jesus, then that fact would have many implications.  You see, facts and beliefs do not stand alone.  Instead, they link together into larger units.  In other words, for you to be Jesus, many other things would also have to be true.  For example, the real Jesus is an omniscient God, meaning that He knows everything about everything.  Do you know everything about everything?  No, you don’t, therefore you can’t be Jesus.  The real Jesus is also an omnipresent Being meaning that He exists everywhere at the same time.  Are you omnipresent?  No, you’re not.  You are only able to exist in one place at a time, therefore you cannot be Jesus.  See how it works?  If you understand a few facts about who Jesus is, then it’s very easy to rule out the possibility that you could be Him.

Here’s a question that is critical to practicing good discernment: “If this is true, what else must be true?”  When you apply this question to any single belief you have about God and really start thinking about it, you’ll be amazed at how many other issues come up.  For example, many Christians will say “God is always in control” but then they’ll also say “Satan rules the world.”  Well, Satan can’t rule the world if God is always in control, because if God were truly in control, then He would also be in control of Satan, thus God would be ruling Satan, and Satan wouldn’t be ruling anyone.  In real life, God is in control—He is in absolute control over everything that exists. Once you understand this about God, you can ask: “If it is true that God is in absolute control, then what else must be true?”  You can then make out a whole list of things which can and can’t be true if God is in total control, and this will lead you on to understand many other important truths about God.

HOW BELIEFS INTERLINK WITH EACH OTHER

So then, facts and beliefs never stand alone.  Instead, a single belief is like a single thread in the fabric of your shirt: it is woven together with hundreds of other threads.  If you go to a clothing store, you can’t buy a single thread.  You can only buy units of clothing.  No matter what kind of unit you choose—a pair of socks, a pair of pants, or a shirt—that unit will be composed of hundreds of individual threads which are woven together very tightly.  This is how it works in the world of spiritual discernment. You can’t just accept a single belief without also accepting the hundreds of other beliefs which are associated with that belief.  In other words, by believing one lie about God, you will end up accepting many lies.  By believing one truth, you will end up accepting many truths.

Because your beliefs have a major impact on how you try to relate to God, getting your beliefs right is very important.  Carrying around too many wrong beliefs can totally cripple you in life and cause you to end up totally despaired.  For example, when he was in college, Eric accidentally got his girlfriend pregnant. He knew it was wrong to sleep with her in the first place, so he already felt bad about that.  But then, when she got pregnant, he panicked and pressured her into getting an abortion.  She finally did, even though she felt terribly wrong about it, and that whole ordeal ended up destroying their relationship.  The next year, Eric’s now ex-girlfriend killed herself because she felt so awful about the abortion.  When Eric finds out, he feels like he is responsible for her death.  So now we’ve got Eric feeling horrible about three different moral crimes: sleeping with a  woman who wasn’t his wife, murdering his own baby, and murdering his girlfriend.  This is how Eric views his actions in his own mind, and he can’t forgive himself.  But the real issue that’s feeding Eric’s crisis is his beliefs about God.  You see, Eric believes that God will never forgive the horrible sins Eric has committed.  This is what Eric has been told by a Christian pastor who Eric went to for help.

Now when the pastor first told Eric that God will never forgive him, Eric should have practiced good discernment.  What are the first two steps of practicing discernment?  Question what you’re being told, and ask God for wisdom.  But Eric didn’t do either of these things.  Instead, he just accepted what the pastor told him.  Since the pastor told Eric a lie, and since every belief comes linked to many other beliefs, by believing one lie, Eric ends up forced to accept many more lies as well.

To appreciate the mess Eric is in, let’s ask our key discernment question: “If it’s true that God will never forgive Eric’s sins, then what else must be true?”  Well, if God won’t ever forgive Eric, then Eric will never be able to get into a good place with God.  Eric will get chucked into Hell when he dies.  Eric has no hope.  Eric is going to spend eternity in horrible anguish.  See how it works?  By accepting one lie, Eric ends up forced to accept all of the implications of that lie, and soon Eric is trying to kill himself because he’s too despaired to stand his own existence.

But now suppose one lie gets flipped into a truth in Eric’s mind—then what happens?  Even though Eric is sure he’s right about his view of God, suppose he finally realizes that he’s never actually asked God directly for His input.  And even though Eric doesn’t think it will change anything, suppose he sincerely asks God to show him if he is hanging on to any wrong beliefs.  And then suppose God tells Eric that Eric has been wrong about God being unwilling to forgive him.  Suppose God tells Eric that He is quite willing to forgive all of the things Eric has done in the past.  How does this one new truth impact the rest of Eric’s belief system?  It has a huge impact.  Let’s apply our discernment question: “If God is willing to forgive Eric for the past, what else must be true?”  Suddenly there’s all kinds of good news flooding in.  It’s now possible for Eric to get into a good place with God. It’s possible that Eric can end up in Heaven instead of Hell.  Suddenly Eric has all kinds of reasons to hope, and that suffocating despair is lifting off of him.

So how does all of this relate to you?  Well, because demons understand the way that beliefs are chained together, they understand that if they can just get you to accept one key lie, they can totally throw you off course and get you buried in all kinds of deceptions. But when you also understand that beliefs always come in clumps, then you can raise your guard and start practicing good discernment skills by questioning everything and asking God directly for wisdom.  Eric went from being suicidal to being filled with hope because he finally started practicing good discernment.  In the same way, no matter how many deceptions you have accepted in the past, you can start unlearning them by asking God for help.  For every lie you unlearn, a bunch of other lies will also drop away—this is what’s so thrilling about practicing good discernment.

HOW BELIEFS IMPACT SOUL ATTITUDES

By practicing good discernment, you will end up focusing on the right priorities and soul attitudes, and this will end up greatly strengthening your relationship with God.  The more you understand truth, the harder you will be for demons to deceive.  Plus, by practicing discernment, you are embracing your dependency on God, because you are recognizing that you have no hope of understanding truth without His help.  Dependency is a soul attitude which is critical to growing close to God.  Dependency says “I am a creature who is totally dependent on my Creator for all things.  I can’t do anything apart from God.”  The opposite of dependency is the soul attitude of autonomy which says “I’m an independent creature who doesn’t need my Creator’s help to do things.  I’m the captain of my own ship. I’m running my own life.”

Now there are many soul attitudes that you can have as a human.  Some please God, some displease Him.  When God teaches you, He will always be encouraging you to embrace the soul attitudes which He says He wants you to have—things like reverence, submission, dependency and trust.  When demons are trying to deceive you, their goal is to get you to embrace soul attitudes which God says He doesn’t like.  A critical thing to understand about demons is that they are always trying to push you into some kind of position where you are opposing God. Why?  Because they want you to be miserable and to never succeed with God.

Demons hate you, and there’s nothing you can do to change that.  But while demons are malicious little nasties, you can get much better at seeing through their deceptions, and this will save you all kinds of stress.  After all, it’s very stressful to think you might be Jesus and so it’s on you to be some kind of messiah figure.  It’s a big relief to learn that this isn’t something God expects of you.  Deceptions often increase our stress levels while God’s truth puts our souls more at rest.

Now earlier we explained that beliefs always come in packages and this ends up being very helpful when you’re trying to figure out if a single belief is true or not.  Often it doesn’t seem clear whether or not you should accept a single teaching until you start thinking about all of the implications of that teaching.  The single question “Could I be Jesus?” can sound hard to answer until you start thinking about all the things that must also be true if you really were Jesus.  But once you realize how many qualities the real Jesus has that you don’t have, it becomes obvious that you’re not Him.  So thinking about implications is a very helpful way of sorting out whether a single belief is true or not.

Now a second key to discerning truth from lies is to think about soul attitudes.  Picture yourself standing in a room with God on your right and demons on your left.  Now let’s start listing off a bunch of beliefs about God and you.  Every time we state a belief, you feel yourself getting shoved either towards God or towards demons.  False beliefs shove you towards demons and away from God.  True beliefs shove you towards God.  Now what happens if you get shoved fifty times in a row towards demons?  You’re going to end up stumbling in that direction and step farther away from God.  This is the effect false beliefs have on humans: they drive them further away from God.  In the same way, focusing on truth causes us to move closer to God.

So how can you tell which direction a single belief is shoving you in?  The key here is to think about soul attitude.  Every belief you have about God and yourself is going to encourage you to embrace certain soul attitudes, and reject other soul attitudes.  Let’s take the idea of you being Jesus.  The real Jesus is God Almighty.  He is equal to Yahweh and the Holy Spirit.  With His two Divine Peers, Jesus co-created all that exists.  This means that there is no Being greater than Jesus who Jesus submits to, depends on, reveres, or trusts.  The buck stops with Jesus.  He, Yahweh, and the Holy Spirit are the Supreme Authorities.  So then, if you were really Jesus, what would happen to your soul attitudes?  Would you continue to revere God?  No, because you’d be God, and God doesn’t revere Himself.  Would you be practicing submission to God?  No, because as Jesus, you’d be the Supreme Authority.  You’d be demanding submission from other created beings, but you wouldn’t personally submit to anyone.  What about trust?  Well, as an all-wise Deity, Jesus has no use for trust. He already possesses perfect knowledge, so what does He need to trust anyone for?  While Jesus commands other humans to trust Him, He doesn’t practice trust Himself.  What about the soul attitude of dependency?  Dependency is relevant for created beings, but it’s a total joke when you’re God Almighty.  Jesus doesn’t depend on anyone for anything. Unlike humans, Jesus is totally Self-sufficient and autonomous.  So you see, by accepting the idea that you are actually Jesus, you’d have to reject the soul attitudes that God says He wants you to be embracing: submission, reverence, dependency and trust.  Anytime we find a belief pushing us away from the attitudes that God says He likes, we know we’re being deceived.

Now once you understand how believing that you’re Jesus will motivate you to reject the soul attitudes God says He wants from you, you can see why demons are trying to get you to swallow this particular deception.  Demons want you to reject the soul attitudes God wants, and they’ll get you there using any method that works.  Demons understand that God judges you entirely by your soul’s response to Him, so if demons can con you into giving God a bunch of rebellious attitude, they know you’ll end up in a bad place with Him.

If you were to seriously run with the idea that you’re the real Jesus, you are going to start embracing the opposite of many of the soul attitudes that God says He wants from you.  You’ll start strutting around like you’re God’s equal. You’ll start acting like you’re just as wise as He is.  You’ll feel justified in demanding that other people worship you, submit to you, and serve you.  Over time, there have been many real people who have done just this: they’ve totally bought into the deception that they are Jesus, thus they’ve tried to start their own cults in which they demand to be treated like gods.  In this world, you can always get someone to worship you if you speak with enough confidence, and people who actually think they are Jesus can sound quite convincing to those who aren’t practicing discernment.  The problem is that such people end up entrenched in spiritual rebellion as they keep rejecting God’s conviction that they are clinging to lies.  When a lie results in other people oozing over us, our egos start getting all puffed up and we decide that we don’t want to know the truth anymore, because we’re having too much fun manipulating others.

BUILDING ON DECEPTIONS: HOW MODERN CHRISTIANS PORTRAY JESUS

Now the easiest way for demons to con you is to build on other deceptions that you’ve already accepted.  This is what they’re doing when they suggest to you that you could actually be Jesus.  If you had a correct understanding of who Jesus is, demons wouldn’t even try this particular strategy on you, because you’d immediately see how ludicrous it was.  But the reality is that most folks do not have an accurate understanding of who Jesus is—and that includes Christians.  In fact, mainstream Christian teaching has played a big role in helping you be more vulnerable to deception in this area, and that’s definitely worth digging deeper into.

To understand why the modern Christian portrayal of Jesus is so messed up, you have to start with the fact that Christians declare their Bibles to be inerrant, infallible, and Divinely inspired.  In other words, Christians say that all of the teaching about Jesus in the Bible is true and correct.  Well, no, it’s not.  Because the New Testament was penned by men who did not accept the Divinity of Christ, the New Testament epistles portray Jesus as being a mere created being who had to strive, strain, and struggle His way to glory.  Throw in the absurd Christian mantra that Jesus is “fully God and fully man,” and what you have is not a God, but a God-man hybrid.

Today Jesus is commonly portrayed as a mortal being who spent years walking around in a fog of ignorance about who He really was.  As Jesus grew from boy to man, He felt increasingly haunted by the feeling that He was someone special until He eventually decided that He was the Messiah who Yahweh prophesied about in Jewish Scriptures.  So, out of devotion to Yahweh, Jesus tried to embrace that calling and He spent His life obeying Yahweh out of a desire to please His “heavenly Father.”  Because Christians reject the fact that Jesus is 100% God, and instead insist that He must be an equal blend of God and human, they view Him as having all of the burdens that limited mortals do, only He also has supernatural abilities.

Now once you accept such a derogatory and absurd view of Jesus, you will be nicely positioned for demons to con you with this notion that you might be Jesus yourself.  After all, Jesus didn’t get that He was a Divine Being right off, and neither did you.  Jesus struggled with things like fatigue, temptation, and pain—so do you.  Modern Christians have dragged Jesus down so low that you only have to step up a little to reach His level.  You don’t have to claim to be a God—just a God-human hybrid.

So then, the same Christians who act like it’s so obnoxious for you to seriously consider the possibility that you could be Jesus have played a big role in making that idea sound so reasonable.  If Christians were portraying Jesus accurately, demons wouldn’t have such a high success rate in convincing humans that they could be Him.  But if Christians are going to be such irreverent idiots on the subject of Jesus, then why shouldn’t demons make the most of it?  After all, Christians are the ones promoting their Bible as the litmus test for truth—the same Bible in which we find it said that halfwit, mortal Jesus had to “learn obedience through suffering.”  You know, because being God Almighty, Jesus didn’t understand how to obey Himself right off—He needed some education in that area. Why are Christians calling such moronic teaching “God-breathed”?  Well, when we throw God over for some old pile of manmade documents, and when we start acting like some silly book is all we need to guide us in life, God responds by turning us into spiritual dingdongs.  This is why we never tell people to turn to the Bible when they are looking for truth.  Truth comes from God, not some physical object.  If you want to understand who the real Jesus is, you need to reach out to Jesus directly, not just believe the absurd stories His supposed followers have invented about Him.

So then, Jesus is God Almighty, and as such, it is a very simple thing for Him to show up on earth in a human form without reducing Himself in anyway.  Despite what many Christians today think, Jesus has never been in doubt about who He is, nor has He ever struggled with any human limitations.  Now when Jesus was walking around in New Testament Israel, the humans who He was hanging out with did not understand that Jesus was 100% God.  Instead, Jesus’ early followers—including those famous twelve disciples—all judged Jesus by His looks.  Since He looked human, they assumed that He was human.

Jesus’ followers assumed all kinds of things about Him that simply weren’t true, and then they wrote those things down as if they were facts.  Because Christians today aren’t leaving any room for the New Testament authors to be wrong about anything, they don’t ask Jesus what He thinks about the way He’s being portrayed in the New Testament Scriptures.  Why should Jesus teach us anything if we’re not going to respect Him enough to ask if the stories being spread about Him are even accurate?  Why should Jesus help us if we’re going to act like a bunch of humans are the final authority on who He is?  Christians are a mess on this Jesus issue—so much so that they really have no grounds for hassling you for being confused.  It’s not like they’re bothering to teach you good discernment skills—all they do is wave the Bible in your face and say things like “If it doesn’t line up with the Word, it can’t be true.”  Right.  Well, “the Word” doesn’t say that Jesus is 100% God, and yet that is reality.  So forget about the Bible. If you want real help, you need to talk to God directly.

UNLEARNING MORE LIES: JESUS’ MESSIANIC MISSION

Now there are many ways for demons to use Jesus as a way to stress you out.  Some of you are feeling a nagging conviction that God is calling you to be just like Jesus—to be another kind of messiah who sets himself up to be persecuted, miserable, and eventually killed in order save the world.  So how should you respond to this overwhelming idea?  Step one is to question the validity of what you’re being told—don’t just blindly accept it.  Step two is to ask God for wisdom.  Once you’ve brought God into it, it’s time to ask that very helpful question: “If God is calling me to be a messiah like Jesus, then what else must be true?”  One answer pops out right away: obviously the first Jesus did a pretty lousy job if God is calling you in to save the world yet again.  Now if you view Jesus as some half-mortal bumbler, then it’s easy to think you’ve got to come along behind Him and finish what He started. This is what the very arrogant apostle Paul claimed to be doing when he told other believers:

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church. (Col. 1:24)

Paul’s ego was so massive, and his view of Christ was so low, that he actually thought he was in a position to see what Christ had left undone and shore up those areas.  And this is the guy who Christians name churches and schools after.

As we said before, the New Testament writers did not accept the true Nature of Christ, which is why their teaching about Him is so full of guff (see How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human).  In real life, Christ didn’t leave anything undone.  His work wasn’t “lacking.”  He didn’t do a half-baked job.  As God Almighty, Christ perfectly accomplishes everything He sets out to do.  But here’s where we come to another area of confusion for Christians: just what exactly did Christ set out to do?

When demons try to con you into thinking you have to be some kind of messiah, they are playing off of more deceptions that you picked up from the Christian community.  Christians commonly believe that Jesus died on a cross to “save the world.”  Well, no, He really didn’t.

To understand why Jesus did His Messiah thing, we have to start with the fact that Jesus is not the only God in existence.  There are three Gods: Yahweh (who Christians often refer to as God the Father), Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  These Gods introduce Themselves to humans in many different ways.  What you find in the Christian Bible is a brief summation of how the real Gods interacted with the political nation of Israel over time.  It’s helpful to realize that the Bible is only focused on a very small geographical region of the world—mostly an area that is hugging the eastern border of the Mediterranean Sea. The Bible does not come anywhere close to giving us a broad view of how the real Gods have interacted with the entire human race.  The Scriptures that Christians cling to so fiercely today were all penned by ethnic Jews—Jews who naturally viewed their own homeland as if it was the center of the world.  The reason Israel gets so much attention in the Bible is because the Bible is essentially a Jewish history book.  Why would Israelites spend a bunch of time talking about nations other than their own?  Just as American authors depict world history with a strong pro-America bias, patriotic Israelites are going to talk about history with a strong pro-Israel bias.  So this is what we find in the Bible: Jews talking about their nation’s religious and political history.

Now when it came to the real Gods introducing Themselves to Israelites, Yahweh went first.  He was the first God to say, “Hey, Jews, I’m the real God and all of the other gods you’re worshiping are just figments of human imagination.”  Some Jews got on board with this idea and they became followers of the religion Judaism, which teaches that Yahweh is the only true God.  Well, Judaism was fine until the real Gods decided that it was time to explain to the Jews that Yahweh really wasn’t the only real God—there are actually two more Gods who are just as powerful as He is.  This is why Jesus showed up in Israel: to introduce the Jews to the shocking idea that there was more than one real God.  Jesus’ main purpose was not to save the world, but to introduce some radically new theological concepts to Yahweh followers.

Before Jesus came, salvation had always been available to humans.  All three of our Creators are very easy to succeed with.  When Yahweh was the only real God that the Jews knew about, they could obtain salvation by sincerely submitting to Him in life.  So it’s not like Jesus had to bring salvation to the Jews, nor did He have to save them from their sins.  What Jesus did was change how salvation was obtained.  Before Jesus, the Jews only had to submit to Yahweh.  After Jesus, they had to submit to three Gods: Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Judaism is a single God or monotheistic religion.  Christianity is a multiple God or polytheistic religion.  Jesus’ main purpose was to call an end to Judaism and replace it with Christianity.

Now Judaism has many elements in it which become irrelevant once you switch to Christianity.  Judaism includes a complex system of religious sacrifices, rituals, and priests. To function correctly, these elements need a physical base of operations to revolve around.  Today you hear a lot of fuss about folks wanting to rebuild Solomon’s Temple.  You hear about people fighting over the Temple Mount in Israel, and you hear people making an epic fuss about some Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.  So what’s the deal?  Why is everyone acting so agitated about some old pile of stones?  Well, the people who get really uptight about these issues view themselves as followers of Judaism.  Trying to do Judaism without a Temple is like trying to play baseball without a bat or a ball or a playing field.  The famous Wailing Wall is believed to be a remnant from the Herodian Temple.  That’s the Temple that you read about in the New Testament Gospel books—it’s basically a replacement of the first Temple that Solomon built.

Solomon’s Temple was destroyed around 586 BC.  The replacement Temple—which became known as Herod’s Temple—was destroyed by the Romans around 70 AD.  Ever since 70 AD, followers of Judaism have longed to build a third  Temple on the same site as the first two, but they’ve been unable to do so.  All they’ve got left is a deteriorating stack of stones which has been dubbed the Wailing Wall.  Followers of Judaism look at that wall and feel frustrated and sad that they can’t get a full Temple rebuilt so that they can fire up the whole sacrificial system again.  At the same time, they cling to the wall as at least one surviving remnant of the Temple that they so desperately want.  If anyone were to ever flatten the Wailing Wall, it would traumatize a lot of people, because there is enormous spiritual and emotional significance being attached to that ragged stack of stones.

Now all of this crying, fighting, and warring over rebuilding a Temple for Yahweh is totally off track, because Yahweh Himself has declared Judaism to be obsolete.  When Jesus died on a cross, He claimed to be the ultimate atonement sacrifice.  This is why Jesus is called the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Atonement sacrifices were a big deal in the religion of Judaism.  But Jesus said that His death on a cross abolished the need for any future sacrifices.  Jesus was the sacrifice that shutdown the entire sacrificial system.  Well, once you get rid of the sacrificial system, you no longer need a Temple or a formal tithing system or a priesthood or an Ark of the Covenant.  According to the way that Jesus told the Jews to theologically interpret His crucifixion, His death made Judaism obsolete.  When Jesus raised Himself back to life after three days, He proved that He was a second God, and that really clarified the need for monotheistic Jews to switch to polytheism and start worshiping not just Yahweh, but Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well.

So then, Jesus’ main function as Israel’s Messiah was not to save Israel or save the world.  Instead, He was introducing a whole new theology to Yahweh followers. Jesus essentially came to prod the Jews into shifting out of one religion and into another.  He also spent a lot of time warning spiritual rebels that they’d better repent out of their foul soul attitudes and get serious about pleasing God before it was too late (see Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God).

Now when demons start trying to tell you that you’re supposed to be a messiah like Jesus, they’re playing on the fact that you don’t understand what Jesus’ true purpose was.  To hear Christians tell it, Jesus was some self-sacrificing, self-abasing martyr who put Himself through hell on earth just to try and give a bunch of ungrateful twerps a shot at getting into Heaven. This is the common view of what Jesus’ earthly mission was, even though it’s totally incorrect.  And once you swallow the first round of deceptions, then it’s very easy for demons to talk you into a life of self-persecution and misery as you go around trying to make other people “see the light.”  To avoid falling into this trap, you need to realize that you are incapable of spiritually saving anyone (see How to Avoid Witnessing Burnout: It’s Not Your Job to Save the World).

Salvation comes down to the real Gods deciding that They are going to eternally accept people.  The real Gods do not take orders from you, and you have no ability to make other humans understand who the real Gods are.  No one will know who Jesus is until Jesus decides to make Himself known.  Meanwhile, as one of the Creators of Hell, Jesus is perfectly fine with the idea of people ending up on the wrong side of eternity.  Contrary to what Christians say today, Jesus does not weep over the idea of souls getting eternally damned. In the Gospel books, we actually find Jesus describing Himself as being the One throwing rebellious souls into Hell, and He does so with great enthusiasm. So you see, once again the real problem is that your understanding of Jesus is filled with deceptions, thanks to the way Christians portray Him.  Demons then come along and play on those deceptions in order to con you into turning away from God.

As soon as you accept the idea that it is possible for you to save people, one of two things will happen. You’ll either become utterly pompous and proud of what a critical role you’re playing in this world, or you’ll feel overwhelmed and utterly discouraged by trying to accomplish a mission that is too hard for you.  In the Christian community today, we can find many inflated egos declaring that God actually needs their help to save people.  Just as the arrogant apostle Paul liked to tell himself that God needs human beings to preach “the Good News” to others, many Christians today think that the real Gods are incapable of teaching anyone truth without the aid of humans.  This is why Christians put such enormous importance on praying for the lost, witnessing, and evangelizing.  The underlying belief is that the real Gods are too incompetent to directly communicate with Their own creatures, thus humans have to constantly help Them out, prod Them along, and instruct Them on the wisest approach strategies.

Earlier we discussed how false beliefs can be identified by the effect they have on your soul attitudes.  Once you start thinking that you are some critical servant who God can’t possibly work without—some messiah that He needs to come and save the world yet again—then what will happen to your soul attitude of dependency?  You’ll start to reject the idea that you can’t do anything without God, and instead you’ll start feeling very pleased by the idea that He can’t accomplish His own will without your assistance.  Anytime you find a belief encouraging you to reverse certain core truths—such as trying to pretend that God depends on you when in reality you depend on Him—that tells you that you’re dealing with a false belief.

Now what happens if you start feeling like God is asking you to do something that you can’t possibly do?  You can’t fill Jesus’ sandals, because you’re not God Almighty.  If God is really asking you to be just like Jesus, then you might as well reserve a spot in Hell right now, because it’s guaranteed that you’re going to totally fail at your mission.  What happened to our friend Eric when he accepted the lie that he could not succeed with God?  He spiraled down into total despair.  In the same way, many well-meaning souls today are crashing into despair because they believe God is asking the impossible from them.  And yet the truth is that God is never going to demand that you rise up to His level and be His clone, because He knows that this is impossible for you to do.  You’re just a tiny speck of a creature who will never be required to function as a God.

Remember that demons con you for one basic reason: to mess up your personal relationship with God.  Believing that you’re Jesus or that you’re being called to be a clone of Jesus are two classic cons that are certain to drive you spiritually off course if you accept them.  So don’t accept them. Instead, ask the real Gods to help you get better at discernment so that you can understand what Their will for you really is.  And the next time you start feeling convicted about something, remember those first two steps of practicing discernment: question what you’re being told, and ask God directly for wisdom.

FURTHER READING:
Dealing with Distressing Voices & Visions: Validation, Explanations & Hope for Schizophrenics
Soul Attitudes That Please God: What They Are & How We Develop Them
Identifying False Conviction: Three Easy Tests
Understanding Why God Calls Us to Serve Him

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