Several years ago, ABC television produced a documentary entitled: “Peter Jennings Reports…THE SEARCH FOR JESUS.” What ABC claimed was that it was an unbiased account of the anchorman’s “search” for Jesus via academic scholars and trips to Palestine. However, what resulted was a showcase for the most liberal views imaginable.
One thing the show produced was an attempt to divorce Jesus from being the divine Son of God. Reference was made to Albert Schweitzer in his work entitled “The Quest of the Historical Jesus.” In it he was critical of previous attempts to discover the “real” Jesus. He was delusional and about the only thing he verified was that Jesus was a “Great Man.” Jennings also looked at the work of Rudolf Bultmann who saw Jesus as a “husk” of “mythology” recorded in the New Testament. He felt that with no more information than what we had, we knew very little about Jesus????
Thus the “Jesus Seminar” was begun. In the reference to so-called scholars in this seminar, they attempted to determine what Jesus really said” as opposed to what they thought was added later by Jesus followers. The method they employed was terrible. The scholars actually voted on each Biblical passage as to what they thought was taught. They even color coded it. By casting color-coded beads into a box. Red meant “Jesus undoubtedly said this.” Pink meant, “Jesus probably said something like this.” Gray meant “Jesus did not say this, but an idea close to what he really believed.” Black meant, “Jesus did not say this…and was probably linked with tradition.”
Since the time of this “Jesus Seminar”, many books have been written to either prove Jesus or disapprove Jesus. In the final analysis…scholars do not determine truth. Only God’s Word does that. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32). Paul told Timothy that all scripture is breathed from God (2 Tim.3:16,17). Peter said that holy men of God spoke (II Peter 1:20,21).
People must search for Jesus…but search the Bible…not scholars of a wicked world of unbelievers.