Who is Jesus to you? Is He a good teacher? A prophet? The Son of God? If you have ever said things like, "I follow some of Jesus' teachings, but they are not all for me", or, "I don't read the Bible, It's not for me." I'm sorry to say it, but you are not a Christian.
To claim Christianity but deny any of the teachings of Jesus is not logical. Christianity is not a philosophy, it is not the traditions of mankind and what they have developed on their own, it is very much the teachings of Jesus Christ.
All religions and philosophies in the world can still exist without their founders, however, true biblical Christianity cannot exist or survive without the person of Jesus. If you remove him, Christianity crumbles. It is not a philosophy or a man made religion, but, unfortunately, that's what the modern Christian is turning into without the person of Jesus.
Let me give you just a couple examples; Jesus said that looking at a woman with lustful thoughts is Adultery, (Matthew 5:28). Do you believe that? He also said that to hate someone is the same as murder, (Matthew 5:21,22). Do you believe that? Jesus teaches about Hell being a literal place of punishment as much as He teaches about Heaven. Do you believe in Hell? Finally, Jesus teaches that Satan is a real being that is in competition for your soul. He is mentioned in scripture on hundreds of different occasions. Do you believe in Satan?
These are just four of the multiple teachings of Jesus that Christians have trouble with, are confused about, or are never taught at all.
If you have trouble with the teachings of Christ, or if you are trying to remake Christianity into a philosophy or man made tradition, are you really a Christian? If you feel you may not be, get on the Rapture Road.
TOP 9 OF OVER 100 PROPHECIES
1. He would be born of a virgin: “...the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son...." (Isaiah 7:14)
Fulfilled! "Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph. ... [T]he angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus... and of His kingdom there will be no end.'
"Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I 'do not know a man?'
"And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:26-35)
2. He would be born in Bethlehem: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
Fulfilled! "Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.... And she brought forth her firstborn Son..." (Luke 2:4-7)
3. His death would redeem us from sin and judgment: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities... and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth...." (Isaiah 53:5-7)
Fulfilled! "For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
'Who committed no sin... who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree..." (1 Peter 2:20-25)
4. He was rejected by those He came to save: He is despised and rejected by men.... and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 53:3).
Fulfilled! "That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. (John 1:9)
5. Identified with our sins, Jesus was separated from our Holy God: "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Psalm 22:1).
Fulfilled! "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?' that is, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'" (Matthew 27:46)
6. He would face mockery from ruling authorities: "All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 'He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him...” (Psalm 22:7-8).
Fulfilled! "...the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, 'He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him....’” (Matthew 27:41-43)
7. Nails would pierce his hands and feet: "They pierced My hands and My feet." (Psalm 22:16)
Fulfilled! When the resurrected Jesus appeared to His disciples, he said, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet.... Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.'" (Luke 24:38-39)
"[Eight days later, Jesus appeared to all the disciples] He said to Thomas, 'Reach your finger here, and look at My hands... Do not be unbelieving, but believing.' And Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!'
Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:25, 27-29
8. They "cast lots" for his clothes: "They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." (Psalm 22:18)
Fulfilled! "And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take." Mark
9. God's decree and promise after the fall: (speaking to the serpent) "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:14)
Fulfilled! "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath....
"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.... For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast... (Ephesians 2:1-9)