Cults, Religions & Jesus Christ

What cults and other religions say about Jesus Christ and who He is, is very different than what the Bible states about Him.  While cults and other religions have differing views about His Divinity, the Bible states He is God.

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Galatians 1:6-9   I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Colossians 1:15-20  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together… For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.   (Also John 5:18, 10:30-33, 20:28)

NOTE: This is not an in-depth study on the beliefs of other religions. This is simply a list and very brief statements about a few of the cult view of Jesus Christ.  Please see the link at the end of this post which provides a resource of modern day religions and cults.

Jehovah’s Witness Jesus is not Jehovah God.  He was the first son that Jehovah God brought forth.  He is the first creation by God.  Michael the archangel is no other than the only-begotten Son of God, now Jesus Christ.

Mormonism “Among the spirit children of Elohim, the first born was and is Jehovah or Jesus Christ, to whom all others are juniors.” (Joseph Smith)  Jesus Christ was the executive in the work of creation, aided by Michael (or Adam), Enock, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Peter, James, John, Joseph Smith and others.

Christian Science – Life, Truth and Love constitute the triune Person called God — God the Father/Mother; Christ, the spiritual idea of sonship; Divine Science or the Holy Comforter.  Jesus is the human man and Christ is the divine idea.  Jesus was the offspring of Mary’s self-conscious communion with God.

Unity – The Krishna of the Hindu is the same  as the Christos of the Greeks and the Messiah of the Hebrews.  This same Christ lives within all of us that lived in Jesus.  There is no need for a Savior.

Spiritualism – (The science, philosophy and religion based upon communication by means of a medium to those who live in the spirit world)  Christ himself was nothing more than a medium of high order.  He is now an advanced spirit in the sixth sphere.

New Age – The New Age Movement does not acknowledge sin or sin nature and eliminates the need for a Savior.  All one needs to do is realize their own divine nature. Jesus is a man upon whom the Christ Spirit came at baptism and departed at the cross.

Eastern Mysticism – God is omnipresent and almighty, and is in the hearts of everyone (Transcendental meditation).  Christ is considered one of a long line of divinely realized masters.  All religions are just different branches of the main trunk of the eternal religions represented by the Vedas (oldest scriptural texts of Hinduism)

Islam – Jesus is neither God nor the Son of God, but merely a prophet to Israel and a lesser prophet than Muhammad.

Hinduism – Jesus attained God-realization and was thus an enlightened guru (teacher).  He was not a Savior, nor the Son of God, nor did He rise from the dead.

Buddhism – Jesus was an enlightened master.

Taoism – There is no personal Creator-God in philosophical Taoism.  The Tao (the way) is viewed as an impersonal absolute.

Wicca – Jesus is not discussed as deity.  Rather, “The Goddess and God are seen as the manifestation of the feminine and masculine forces of nature.

HOWEVER, the Bible states that…

  • Jesus Christ is God.  Colossians 1:15-20
  • Jesus Christ is the Christ.  Mark 14:61-62
  • Jesus Christ is the Messiah.  John 4:25-26
  • Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.  Philippians 2:5-11
  • Jesus Christ came from the Father.  John 16:28
  • Jesus Christ is One with the Father.  John 10:30
  • Jesus Christ forgives sin.  Mark 2:10
  • Jesus Christ performed miracles.  John 10:32, 20:30-31
  • Jesus Christ came to bring life.  John 10:10
  • Jesus Christ gives Eternal Life.  John 3:16-17, 10:28a
  • Jesus Christ paid for our sin through His death on the cross.  Matthew 20:28
  • Jesus Christ died for us while we were still sinners.  Romans 5:8
  • Jesus Christ gives us the right to become children of God.  John 1:12
  • Jesus Christ has the power to keep us.  John 10:28b
  • Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6; Acts 2:24
  • Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven with Power.  Ephesians 1:20-23
  • Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and Power to be His witnesses.  Acts 2

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1 Corinthians 15:3-6  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,…

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Jack Lankhorst d.Min.
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