No. Just referring to the name ‘Jesus’ and meaning to refer to the Jesus Christ of ancient history does not make is so. Many are believing in a ‘jesus’ of their own making or someone else’s. This is forbidden by the First Commandment.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
Consider the Following Orthodox Christians believe:
- Jesus is one with the Father.
- Jesus has always existed as God and does not have a wife.
- Lucifer is a fallen angel and is not a brother in any way to Jesus.
- Jesus is a god, one of many, a separate being from the Father.
- Jesus came into being when the Father had relations with his wife.
- Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers.
I asked two Mormon missionaries who were visiting with me in my home, based on this comparison, if we were talking about the same Jesus. They admitted the obvious: no. To learn more about the real Jesus, get my Why Jesus study for free in the sidebar.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
Romans 3:23-26 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
Galatians 3:13-14 – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Isaiah 53:4-6 – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:10 – “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
Christians deny that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that he IS God. How can you be the Son of someone else and someone else at the same time. What then, does this mean in the Bible? From St John:
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare arecord that this is the SON OF GOD
John 10: 30 “I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
So here we have Jesus as Son and God and the original audience’s reaction.
Understanding the bible, or any literature, requires understanding the cultural, historical, linguistic, and religious contexts.