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America's Other Jesus
by Raymond Hendrix
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There are times in everyone's life when they must reach beyond their own resources for understanding and guidance. As they seek confirmation and affirmation from a higher power, the question is: Are they looking to Jesus or to an artificial Christ for their answers? In his new book, America's Other Jesus, Raymond Hendrix probes the proliferation of the large number of "Christs" while asserting that only one of these is the true Son of God. As a result, many Americans have exchanged Biblical beliefs for material goods and comfortable spirituality. Hendrix takes a challenging look at modern culture including the motivations of political figures and the many dangerous temptations that plague young people. America's Other Jesus exposes the foundations of our national and religious cultures, darkens the fine lines that link them together, and illuminates the path to a spiritually healthy America.
About the Author
A resident of Altamont, Tennessee, Raymond Hendrix served on a submarine for the United States Navy during the Vietnam era. His twenty years of Bible study and experience primarily focused on teens, the homeless, prisoners, and ex-convicts. In addition, Hendrix was a foster parent for troubled teens. In his free time, he enjoys studying American history.
Excerpted from America's Other Jesus by Raymond F. Hendrix. Copyright © 1999. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
THE CONTEMPORARY JESUS
Is there any thing whereof it may be said,
See, this is new?
it hath been already of old time,
which was before us.
The same old "Jesus" that led Columbus to the gold mines five hundred years ago in the guise of converting the unsuspecting masses to Christianity, now presents himself to modern America in the name of evangelical and fundamentalist Christian unity. This same old wolf now clothed in a freshly cleaned and pressed garment of lambskin is much kinder and gentler than before. Instead of the rack and the burning stake, this new and improved Jesus uses the weapons of peace and love in converting the deluded people to the God of gold, power and fun.
Just as was true in the Babylon of ancient times, God's people find themselves intertwined, perhaps not willingly with a popular religious system which does not represent the reproach of the cross of Christ but rather the reproach of being associated with a false Christ. I will not attempt here to sort out the precious from the vile in this confusion, but certainly even here in Babylon the precious ones honor and obey the true and living God. Here is where the confusion lies. Not in that this is all a huge phony mess, but because the children of God are intermingled in such a way with the huge phony mess that it is practically impossible to discern who is who. One thing however is certain. This new kingdom of heaven on earth is not the kingdom that Jesus Christ spoke of nor is its unity the oneness for which Jesus prayed. . .
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