This was a question written by Larry Norman in 1972 in a song from the album “only visiting this planet”. At the time Christian music was limited to Jim Reeves and hymns written by individuals who had died centuries before. There was no doubt Larry Norman was a controversial Christian who challenged the religious status quo. His lack of acceptance however or the debate he caused is not the reason for the blog. The question he asks is.
It’s a question that should be asked of every individual and it deserves an answer. Unfortunately most if they even start to answer will have to say they haven’t. They will have to admit they have gone with the crowd. They have sided with the “perceived wisdom” and have concluded that there is no point. Admittedly some will refuse because they have a perception of what someone who says they are a Christian looks like. Someone of extremes and unreasonableness! All of the above result in individuals looking the other way or even worse thinking that Jesus is of no relevance to our modern 21st century.
The question was asked by Jesus himself in a different form of words to his disciples. He asked them “but what about you? Who do you say I am?” Peter’s answer was amazing. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”.
The general attitude to Jesus by most in our world today stands in stark contrast to the answer given by Peter. If the majority of the world are correct – no harm done. People can live their live as they please and face the great unknown in a future day. This is what most are doing today.
Let me ask you a very personal question? What if Peter’s answer is the correct answer?
The majority in the UK reject the notion of God. Our society is heading in a totally different direction. We are becoming more atheistic and self aware in our walk and our culture. We reject God and we chose self. We prefer our own opinions and those of the perceived wisdom hold sway.
Jesus said he was The Way, The Truth and The Life and that no-one could come to The Father expect through Him. The bible says there is a day coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
I am clearly in the camp that “everything we need for life and Godliness” is found in Jesus and our knowledge of Him.
The question asked by Larry Norman in 1972 is a great question to start with. Until you have looked into Jesus and His teachings you are unable to comment or have an opinion.
Our Praise Nights at TCF are on to allow those who come to get to know Jesus a little bit better. If you are interested in finding out more why not come to TCF on the 12th of Sep at 6.30pm. Details of how to find us are on the "About Us" page.
I hope to see you there.