An Overly Personal Jesus

“I am very spiritual in my own way. Let me make it clear, though—I am a Christian. Jesus is who saved me. He’s what keeps me full and whole. But everyone is entitled to what they believe and what keeps them full. Hopefully, I can influence people and help them follow the same path I am on, but it is not my job to tell people what they are doing wrong.” -Singer & Actress Miley Cyrus

The following is not intended to be a “Miley Cyrus bashing session” but rather a commentary on the mentality expressed by Cyrus that is held by many people in the world today.  A worldview that claims to hold a Christian worldview (and I am not doubting that Miley has sincere saving faith in Jesus Christ) and yet has slipped into religious pluralism – a clearly non-Christian proposition.

Those who have had a saving faith in Jesus Christ at one point in their life and then because of some reason have slipped into a pluralistic worldview may be suffering from an “overly personal Jesus”. A Jesus who is here to provide personal satisfaction and make a person feel “full and whole”. Jesus did not incarnate, die, and rise again just to make us feel good. He died as a sacrifice for sin to restore our relationship with God but also so that He would have the first place in all things, and that His people together as the church would testify, praise, worship, and glorify Him.

Does Jesus make a person full and whole? Yes. Does He claim to be just one of several options that makes a person full and whole? Absolutely not. Only God can truly make a person full and whole and Jesus clearly claims & backs up the claims to be the only way to God & God Himself.  While the sentiment of not wanting to tell other people that what they are trying in order to become full and whole is wrong may sound noble, it is in reality both cruel and irresponsible. Cruel because you are allowing and even encouraging others to go down paths that you know are ultimately not fulfilling and do not lead to salvation.  Irresponsible because Christians have been commissioned by our Savior to tell others about Him and how to obtain salvation.

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2 thoughts on “An Overly Personal Jesus

  1. I saw an alarming Barna report recently. I don’t remember the exact number, but is was something frighteningly low, like in the 50th percentile, of people claiming to be “Evangelical Christians” who believe there is more than one way to Heaven.

    While I agree with you, given the current climate, Miley is coming as close to a hardcore evangelistic position as there is today. I do give her kudos for emphatically naming Jesus as her savior, where it would have been expedient not to do so.

    If I were going to take issue with her statement, I would have more problem with her last sentence, claiming it wasn’t her “job to tell people what they are doing wrong”. She is right that everyone is entitled to their beliefs; God leaves it up to us to choose, unfortunately many of us choose unwisely or self-servingly. She is wrong that she has no responsibility to spread the Gospel. It’s not wrong to throw people a lifeline, even if they don’t believe that’s what she’s throwing them. The unavoidable consequence, if you’re sharing Jesus, is that you are telling the other person their path is leading to Hell just like any other that is not “THE way, THE truth, THE life”.

    Having said all that, good post.

  2. I wish I could be as nice as Todd was about this issue. Current climate or not, Jesus is the ONLY way to God. It is stated in the Bible clearly (John 14:6). As close-minded as it seems I stand by the Bible as the TRUTH. Why do I? Everything that has been thrown at the Bible to disprove it has actually given it MORE validity. No other religion comes close to Christianity in that sense, and no other religion has the historical backing that Bible-based Christianity does, such as archaeological discoveries and historical proof that comes from outside Jesus’ followers. So when she says everyone is entitled to whatever fulfills them, she is right, but it doesn’t mean they are going to have the salvation given to them through Christ. Happy or not they are still going to Hell.

    Oh, and Miley needs to check her handbook, mainly Chapter 28 of Matthew.

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