The search for the divine is a core part of who we are. All mankind is searching for something to worship. C.S. Lewis said:
“Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”1
Some find it in nature. Some find it in other religions. Some find it in science. Some find it in battling Christianity. But the search can only be fully realized when we find Christ Jesus and realize that He is the God we have been looking for—he is more than enough.
Our desire for worship is completed in the person of Jesus Christ. “Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” (Saint Augustine) He is the son of God, the perfect image of God, the one we were created to worship. For those that have found Him and entered into a relationship with him, they are never the same. But others have been influenced by the beliefs of those around them and have adopted what others say about Jesus.
What do other religions say about Christ? Muslims acknowledge Jesus and they recognize Him as a significant person. The Quran describes Jesus as being born of a Virgin, someone to be revered, a Prophet, a Miracle Worker, and as having ascended into Heaven and coming again. But they deny his crucifixion and his deity.
Though Judaism gave birth to Christianity, a lot of Jews deny that Jesus was the Messiah, but they do described Jesus as being Mary’s son, respected, a Miracle Worker, crucified on the cross, a holy man and a wise teacher.
To Hindus, “spirituality” rests on the basis of behavior and practice. They hold virtues like tolerance, love, non-violence, self-sacrifice and humility in high esteem. Based on this, Jesus qualifies as a “Hindu Saint”, some see him as a god, and/or that he was an Enlightened Man and Wise Teacher.
These are all incomplete, incorrect pictures of Christ. He is not, as the Mormons’ say, an angel. He and Lucifer did not share ideas to God about the plans for mankind and then God chose Jesus’ idea. Jesus was never an angel. Jesus made angels.
Why is this important? The most foundational question you will be asked in this life is: “who do you say Jesus is?”
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)
The disciples had to determine who they said Jesus was and so must we.
1. Mere Christianity, Bk. III, chap. 10, “Hope”13