Any correlation between “Facebook Jesus” and real Jesus may be a coincidence

Life is tough, so I can see how inspirational devotional messages can be comforting.  But I’m also a big fan of the truth, and I think that if anyone claims to speak on behalf of Jesus then it is helpful if whatever comes out of their mouth (or keyboard) next involves a quote from the Bible, in context.  All sorts of mischief, whether well meant or not, can result when we start putting words in the mouth of Jesus.

Lately I’ve seen people (Facebook) liking some of the things addressed by Marie in Musings from a Theo-Geek: “Jesus Daily” Seems to Be Another Jesus….

“Jesus Daily” is some sort of daily devotional Christian group, who posts status updates in the first person…as if coming personally from Jesus Christ. Probably half the Christians I know are subscribed . . .

This “Jesus” seems big on “Friend suggesting” Himself to your Facebook friends. (Cringe). “Friend suggesting” Jesus seems to be symbolic of everything that’s wrong with modern evangelism, in a manner of speaking. 

A sampling of the “wisdom” coming from “Jesus” in the last few days:

YOU AND I CAN DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER! Remember when I promised you, “With God all things are possible”? Well I was serious. What problem do we need to work on today? Like or type Yes if you believe My Words.

DO YOU GIVE ME YOUR PROBLEMS TODAY? I’LL SOLVE THEM.

(This demands some comment — since when do we share the Gospel with people, promising that Jesus will solve all their problems?? This is a dangerous half-truth.) 

. . .

I KNOW YOU MADE A MESS. I’M READY TO FIX IT.


Umm….this one needs no comment. 

Moral of the story: if you want to hear from the Lord Jesus, open your Bible. You’re probably not going to hear from Him on Facebook. Social media is a tool to be used wisely in sharing the Truth, but not by telling the masses soothing, positive words devoid of any context.

Yes, if you want to hear from Jesus, open the Bible!  Or at least ensure you are giving equal time to it in addition to whatever devotionals you are reading.  It is the best way to know if what you are getting is being interpreted properly.  And you are much more likely to stay in balance.  My guess is that non-believers reading the “Facebook Jesus” posts are unlikely to ever feel convicted with the need to repent and believe.

4 thoughts on “Any correlation between “Facebook Jesus” and real Jesus may be a coincidence

  1. I agree. Most of these things have false pictures of Jesus on them as well. That should be cause for warning right there. If they have a picture? of Jesus, are they really committed to the truth. He is the word! Not the image. The only two images He gives us of Himself: baptism and communion.

  2. My guess is that non-believers reading the “Facebook Jesus” posts are unlikely to ever feel convicted with the need to repent and believe.

    That part right there concerns me the most. The real Jesus didn’t sugarcoat the truth or tell people what they wanted to hear; quite the contrary. You look through the Gospels and find just the opposite: He said things which enraged some people, things they found threatening. He was about love, yes, but obedience to God goes hand-in-hand with understanding and accepting what the Lord had offered to us.

    A lot of people, quite frankly, aren’t ready for that message, even today. They aren’t interested in hearing a message about wrath and judgment, which is precisely why we need Jesus’ saving grace in the first place. If we were all heaven-bound from birth, there’d be no need for a sacrifice of a Lamb.

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