Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jesus in India? Ya, right.

Matthew 2:20-23 - The angel said to Joseph, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel . . . So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel . . . and he went to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be called a Nazarene.”

Jesus wasn’t known as an Indian or an Egyptian or Man from the East. Jesus was known as a Nazarene.

Matthew 13:53-57 - When Jesus had finished these parables he moved on from there. Coming to his HOMETOWN, he began teaching the people in their synagogue and they were amazed. “Where did this man get the wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour.”

These people knew that Jesus hadn’t made any pilgrimage to India. He hadn’t been on any spiritual quest or journey. They didn’t say, “Wow, Jesus really learned some neat stuff in India.” If He had they wouldn't have been offended by His knowledge. Jesus didn’t try to find enlightenment in India. Jesus brought enlightenment to any and all who chose to know Him.

Mark 1:9 - At that time Jesus came from Nazareth [where he’d grown up] in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan.

Jesus was raised and educated in the Jewish traditions. He held to and obeyed the traditions and laws of the Jewish faith. In fact He told His followers that “I have not come to do away with the law [by adding something new, like teachings of the East] but to fulfill the law.”

Mark 6:1 - Jesus left there and went to his home town accompanied by his disciples. Isn’t this the carpenter?

Carpentry was Jesus’ trade, a trade that He’d learned from His father while growing up in Nazareth. It was a trade that He used to support His family after His father's death until the time He began His earthly ministry.

Luke 2:39,40,51 - When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon him. [At 12 years old] Jesus went down to Nazareth with [his parents] and was obedient to them. Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.

Jesus was filled with wisdom from God, NOT from followers of Buddha. He was obedient to His parents by being educated in the Jewish faith, by learning the trade of carpentry and by helping to raise his siblings after His father died.

Luke 4:16 - He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up.

John 1:45 - We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

Nathanael didn’t say, “Can anything come from India?" He didn’t say, “Can a Buddhist have anything of value to teach us?”

It is ludicrous to purport that Jesus, God as Son would seek out advice from those who deny the existence of God - Buddhist or from those idol worshippers who have developed thousands of gods - those in India.

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