I read a tremendous amount of books and, since 2007, made my own study into how we came to have our own Bibles. And I stumble upon interesting facts, really not well-known.
At school or university, students get taught what the institution wants them to and this is often presented as the only full and absolute truth.
But is it?
Then I look at how Westerners relate to their supposed faith. Just this week, on state television, a presenter said that our former great statesman was Jesus to her and her friends. A mortal man taking the place of Jesus Christ, the Living God born into a human body?
In none of well over a hundred autobiographies were any of the authors in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. These people include some of the most prominent names in the world of famous authors.
A lasting impression of a Christ-less Christianity forms in the mind over time.
This brings me to Riyaaz, one of the many local Muslims who grew a beard and told me that he re-dedicated himself to seeking God’s will in everything. He took me aside one day to share a major concern. "Jesus wants to return imminently," he said, "it really is time for Christians to start obeying Him." Like most Muslims in my city, he has a notable reverence for Jesus, something sadly missing from the nominal Christianity around me.
Recently, a presenter on Christian youth radio programme on the largest Christian radio station in Africa, said that, to him, "Jesus was just a very good guy who once lived."
Jesus our Everlasting Father as defined in Isaiah 9:6, to correspond with John 1? Just a good guy? Is that what Christianity thinks?