BE DRAWN TO JESUS! Many desire to encourage, entice, persuade, etc, people to come to Jesus. One example was years ago some missionaries were very successful getting large crowds to their services every week and they would help the people by giving each family a large bag of rice after the service. One week no one showed up and they asked the local helper “why?” He responded “No rice”, because the boat that brought rice every week had not arrived. Yes, people were coming for the rice not God.  Some use sales techniques and other methods including bribing people with food, forgetting that Jesus tells us “YOU CANNOT COME TO ME, UNLESS THE FATHER MAKES YOU WANT TO COME” [Jn 6:65 CE]. Another example of trying to persuade people to come to Jesus is that over 500 years before Jesus walked on earth, Greek philosophers had begun deciding "the word" or "logos" in the Greek, was so important, they even gave divine attributes to "the word" and related it to the Greek god Hermes. Early Christians like Jesus beloved disciple, John, reflected knowledge of the Greek emphasis on "the Word" [Jn 1:1- 14] in his introduction or prologue to his Gospel, which was an attempt to appeal to people following Greek philosophical religious thinking. There is no indication that God or Jesus ever said anything similar concerning "the word". Some people eventually called the bible "the word" and inadvertently are being deceived by Satan to embrace Greek religious beliefs about "the word". A distinct difference Jesus presented, which no other man has ever factually claimed, is that everything Jesus said is what God told Him to "SAY" and everything He did is what God told Him to "DO" [Jn 12:49; 14:31]. Jesus, our human role model, never used people's false religions to reach them. Jesus is very clear that no one comes to Him unless God "DRAWS"[Jn 6:44] that person to Jesus. If you desire to lead a person to Jesus, the first step is to pray for God to draw them or make them want come to Jesus and then ask God what He would like you to do to help. Jesus knows, calling Jesus ‘the word’ is a lie! Do you believe Jesus?                                                                       Home, BasicSubjects, Scriptures