I finished reading ‘Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality’ a little over a month ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I discovered this book when I first started Masters in Divinity (MDiv) classes with Regent University. I love this university, by the way! This book turned out to be a great addition to the ‘spiritual tillage tools’ that I have gathered for this journey as a seminary student.
In my opinion, the author (Ravi Zacharias) does an incredible job illustrating how marketed spirituality has blinded so many people from the Christian truth of Jesus Christ. He does mention some note-worthy celebrities who has helped to make the idea of spirituality seem like it’s the true, authentic form of living. However, I agree with how the author illustrates these mass marketing strategies aren’t leading to the path of authentic truth in Jesus Christ.
I understand the struggle of living in a world that is full of evil, chaos, and uncertainty. To not have a sense of control over your life is scary. However, formulating a falsehood of individually that isolates people doesn’t make the fear and evil go away. We are all create in God’s image (Gen. 1:27) and to separate self from God is impossible. Having a personal relationship with God is necessary to find truth for life. Life on earth was never meant to be full of peace and tranquility. That’s not what God promises. Often people try to find peace, wholeness, and fulfillment by rejecting God because it’s too much evil happening in the world. As though to say if there was a God, why is so much chaos happening in the world. But God cannot be viewed as an imaginary superhero who protects and rescues the world. There is a reality to life that is not pleasant but there’s no reason to blame God for this reality. Due to the ‘mass marketing spirituality’, we are lead into an imaginary world that doesn’t exist. It doesn’t provide real peace or fulfillment. Only a relationship, while recognizing reality, with God through Jesus Christ can provide real peace and fulfillment.
God is in control and He knows all that is happening. He also desires for us to live life to the best of our abilities. The Bible is meant to be our guide and it helps us to recognize how to deal with the reality of living in this world. This book is a great reminder of so many powerful, spiritual principles for living life and having a real relationship with God. I love how he discusses childlike surrender and the first evangelist being the Samaritan woman. He uses the story of the woman with the Alabaster box to discuss the “Alabaster Touch” where she knew she needed forgiveness and the price of forgiveness.
I know we hear the phrase of how salvation, grace, mercy, favor, etc. is free. But after studying these past few months, these aren’t free. There’s a price that was paid and continues to be paid. It may not be monetary or visible forms of payment. But Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is a high cost for all that we have today. And if we live, we still owe God our lives. Being a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable (Romans 12:1-3). We can’t ‘water down’ the fact that living a Christian life isn’t difficult. We can’t ‘down play’ this journey as though we can just live however and repent later. NO! There’s a daily cost for living for God. Many people believe this type of lifestyle is impossible and comes with unrealistic or unpleasant limitations. And that’s the furthest from the truth. God never said we had to be perfect. If we are ‘living sacrifices’, He knows we aren’t perfect because we still are wrapped in flesh. When we strive to do our very best each day to please Him, then we’re doing our reasonable service. So, the holy and acceptable lifestyle is possible. And for the limitations – when we embrace the truth of Jesus Christ, there are no limits; only freedom. Those that feel limited are still allowing their flesh to control their actions versus allowing the Holy Spirit to help them learn how to control their flesh.
I recommend this book as a great way to help with seasonal tillage for spiritual growth. It helped me to answer that question for myself: Why Jesus? Why Jesus Christ for my life? As a believer, I know I must stand against much opposition when it comes to helping spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I must be able to answer that question without hesitation when someone wants to know why believe in Jesus Christ for a living a life of truth.