Google Home Doesn’t Know Who Jesus Is: Do You?
Who is Jesus? A Google device does not seem to know, but do you? Many Christians may be surprised what the Bible actually says about the real Jesus.
In an age of knowledge and information, Google seems to know everything. But recently television producer David Sams asked a Google device a series of questions: Who is Buddha? Who is Muhammad? Who is Satan? Who is David Sams? The Google Home device briefly paused, then provided an answer to each question.
But when asked, “Who is Jesus Christ?” the Google Home device responded, “I’m not sure how to help you with that.”
Some Christians feel Google did this intentionally because of an anti-Christian bias. Google has since responded by modifying the Google Home device to not answer questions about any religious figures.
But this leads to a more important question. Can you answer that question: Who is Jesus?
In one of his writings, the apostle Paul warned that there were (and will be) people who preach “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4). In other words, he was warning us to expect confusion and misunderstanding about Jesus Christ. His warning has proven true. There are many ideas about Jesus, and some contradict each other. They can’t all be true.
But when you study the Bible, you discover that the real Jesus is very different from the popular conceptions of Him in religion and entertainment.
Let’s explore a few of those misperceptions.
Misconception 1: Jesus is one-third of a Trinity
The concept of the Trinity was formulated by the Roman Catholic Church in the third and fourth centuries in an attempt to explain the nature of God. Yet despite being the central doctrine of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches, it remains an incomprehensible mystery.
When you study the Bible, you discover that the real Jesus is very different from the popular conceptions of Him in religion and entertainment.The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life.” The Catholic Church continues to teach that the mystery cannot be understood by reason but only by divine revelation. But the biggest problem with the Trinity isn’t just that it doesn’t make sense; it is that it’s not taught in the Bible.
Instead, the Bible teaches that God is a family presently comprised of two beings, God the Father and the Word, who became Jesus Christ, the Son (John 1:1, 14). God’s purpose is to expand His family to include many more sons and daughters (Ephesians 3:15; Romans 8:17; 1 John 3:1-2).
To learn more about the issues with the Trinity doctrine, read “The Trinity: What Is It?”
Misconception 2: Jesus abolished His Father’s law
Many believe that Jesus came to abolish the law of God or that He fulfilled it so we don’t have to worry about it. But a careful study of the life of Jesus and the lives of the apostles shows they continued to keep and live by the law of God as their way of life—and taught Christians (both Jewish and gentile) to do the same.
To learn more, read “Are the 10 Commandments Upheld in the New Testament?” and “4 Myths About God’s Law.”
Misconception 3: Jesus is first revealed in the New Testament
A general misconception about the Bible is that the Old Testament is all about the Father and the New Testament is all about Jesus. You may be surprised to learn that Christ was also the central figure interacting with people in the Old Testament. He was the Word, the Being who communicated with human beings in the Old Testament (John 3:1-3). The Bible describes Him as the One who created everything, including Adam and Eve (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16-18). In reality, Jesus came in the New Testament to reveal the Father to mankind (John 1:18; 5:37).
To learn more, read “Jesus Christ Was the God of the Old Testament.”
Misconception 4: Jesus was born on Dec. 25
Every year people around the world celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Dec. 25 (the Orthodox celebrate it on Jan. 7). Yet there is no biblical evidence that Jesus was born in the wintertime. The clues the Bible does provide actually point to His being born in a warmer season, possibly the late summer or early fall.
Secular history shows us that the motivation for selecting late December was to coincide with the winter solstice, which was celebrated in Roman paganism as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (meaning the birthday of the unconquered sun god). To learn more, read “When Was Jesus Born?” Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and “Jesus Christ vs. Christmas.”
Misconception 5: Jesus died on Friday and rose on Sunday
Most believe Jesus died on Friday and rose again on Sunday morning, which is celebrated by many on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But Easter, like Christmas, was actually adopted from pagan celebrations.
To learn more, read “Origin of Easter” and “Sign of Jonah: Did Jesus Die Good Friday, Rise on Easter?”
Learn about the real Jesus
Google is good at finding answers to many questions, but when it comes to the biggest and most important questions—like who is Jesus?—it does not have all the answers. When it comes to that question and other big questions—like what is good and evil? and what’s the meaning of life?—we at Life, Hope & Truth strive to give you the clear answers right out of God’s Word, the Bible. We hope you continue using this site as a resource to learn and understand what the Bible really says and how it can change your life for the better!
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