Too many opposing the Christ that the Bible substantiates are determined to reinvent Jesus to meet the fallibility of their own insistent expectations. The Biblical Jesus revealed in the word of God is the “I AM”.
However Islam teaches Jesus is merely a prophet inferior to the authority of Mohammed. Hindu’s classify Jesus as one of many gods. Buddhism recognizes Jesus as merely an enlightened human being. The Mormons believe Jesus is merely an exalted human being. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus is a created spirit and the angel St. Michael. And of course the scoffers, skeptics, and doubters have utilized all methods both legitimate and illegitimate of make a case of what they believe, much is based on highly opinionated conjecture of 21st century making.
Atheists and human secularists have quibbled about Jesus ever existing, being merely a nice human being, or Jesus being a consolidation of myths, legends, and rumors. The fallacy of much of the current data of the detractors regarding Christ is only the ambivalent measuring sticks of the present are considered viable. One just cannot trust anything that was written 2000 years ago about Christ. Much of the Bible according to the atheists and human secularists is unreliable.
Nevertheless even the Christian perspective of Jesus Christ has been taking a beating as the progressive liberal thought of the day is attempting to reconcile the New Age philosophy with what “liberal Christians”, “progressive Christians”, or “non-denominational Christians” have molded Jesus into to fit their belief systems. The problem is these new constructs of Jesus do not represent who Jesus Christ actually is.
John 1:1 declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. This one verse establishes Jesus being the Word of God and Yahweh God manifested. Never mind revamping of the Greek word Logos which the Jehovah Witnesses have done in their New World Translation. As with other attempts to “un-deify Jesus”, Jesus’ status as God in the flesh must be devalued in order to make other erroneous explanations stick.
This is a primary standard of who Jesus is in the Bible. One can debate and argue, however personal opinion does not change the status of what the Bible and even Jesus declared regarding His identity in the Bible. One no longer has a Christian perspective of who Jesus is should one begin to change the makeup of what Christ represents. It is really basic/fundamental stuff and anyone changing the Biblical configuration of what Jesus’ identity is no longer has a Christian perspective. Malachi and Hebrews establishes that God does not change and Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Making additions or subtractions is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.
One of the more powerful revelations into the identity of Christ is taken from Isaiah 9:6:
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counseller, the Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” As a bonus all of the aspects of the Trinity are disclosed in the Person of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of the Isaiah prophesy.
Those contemporary believers attempting to “upgrade” or “adapt” current day philosophies to mold Christ into a more progressive liberal force make a tremendously fatal mistake in execution and judgment. You no longer have a Jesus of the Bible but more of an image of oneself; perhaps a deity one is more willing to worship. It is not too surprising that ideals of post modernization make religion more appropriate to practice if one does subscribe to a more modernized Jesus or belief system.
Jesus is in no need of updating or improving and should be either accepted or rejected based on what is articulated by Bible standards and what Jesus declared. Faith is still the primary ingredient that determines the favor of God and not intellectual understanding.
Trust, believing, and faith in what Christ and the Bible already established are still the main components to an authentic Christian perspective.