December 17, 2010 By David Rosman
I just watched a video created by The Man Christ Jesus, Dr. Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda. I do hope your Spanish is good.
To say that De Jesus is a character is an understatement. He believes, or says he believes that he is the living “Jesus Christ Man,” and “the second coming of Christ.” Concurrently he claims to be the Antichrist. He even has “666” tattooed on his arm. His message to his following, and he does have a following, is to indulge, spend, cavort… for there is no sin, no Devil.
To read the pages of De Jesus’s Growing In Grace Web site is like reading a very, very, very bad religious cult-gone-bad novel. You can’t make this stuff up!
De Jesus claims over 350 “education centers” with more than 300 “pastors” in 30 countries, millions of followers and has “never had a telethon” to raise money. How virtuous of him.
His authority comes from God and citing the Christian Testament along the way. His “Thesis of the Referendum” makes John Calvin, Richard Dawkins, John Lennox and John the Baptist combined sound quaint.
“The following six truths confront over 2000 years of theological lies, thereby officially denouncing the existing religious systems, and in thus establishing the True Church of God on Earth for the first time in History.” Wow.
- Sin does not exist, it was removed 2000 years ago.
- The devil does not exist, he was destroyed, again, 2000 years ago.
- There are two gospels. (This is a new one for me.)
- Reconciliation not repentance,
- Life is predestined.
- “Gospel of Uncircumcision and Circumcision” (I do not even want to ask about this. But, if it can be reversed…)
For the last, De Jesus says, “This was the Law of Moses mixed with the experiences of Jesus of Nazareth. It has its end with the death and resurrection of Christ” referring to Romans 10:4. His translation reads, “… for Christ is the end of the law…” The last I heard, “circumcision” has nothing to do with the Laws of Moses. Just a little off the top, please.
Romans is not the Word of Yeshua the Anointed, but a letter written by the Apostle Paul. Romans 10:1-4 (NLT) says,
Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my (Paul’s) heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2) I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3) For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. 4) For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.
According to Biblica, Paul wrote his letter, “to present the basic system of salvation to a church that had not received the teaching of an apostle before… to explain the relationship between Jew and Gentile in God’s overall plan of redemption.”
Back to our charlatan and to religion in general.
All religions start as “cults,” belief systems outside of the accepted norms, myths, gods and rituals, the morals, of the time and place. All Western cults claim that God spoke to an individual, Moses, Yeshuf, Mohammad, and Smith, among others, giving each “The Word.” For each The Word, for some reason, was different and set each sect at war with the others in attempts to justify their Word as the only Truth.
Even the various translations of the Jewish and Christian Bibles do not agree. Translations were from Arabic to Greek to Latin to other languages, where words do not share meanings or translations. Because of this, Christians battle Christians for dominance. Sunni fight Shiite because they have different martyrs to pray to. Jews, well everybody hates God’s Chosen People, His favorite.
Now De Jesus comes along and says that debauchery is acceptable. That sin, no matter how hard you try, does not exist. That wearing the infamous “666,” the former sign of the Devil, will save your sorry ass.
Ooh, ooh, where do I sign up!
When is a cult accepted as mainstream? De Jesus is claiming over one-million followers in 30 countries. Is that enough? What happened to cause Christianity to be accepted, besides Constantine converting and threatening the lives of others who did not. How about the Jews, Mormons or Muslims? Is the Catholic Church a cult because they are lead by one supreme leader?
With just a little research, I found where De Jesus misquotes and misdirects scripture. Are his own followers so blind or desperate?
In his new book, An Enlightened Philosophy: Can an atheist believe anything, author Geoff Crocker suggests that religious texts need to be read as myths. This is the same ideal of American philosopher Joseph Campbell found in his Myths to Live By, written some 40-years earlier.
Declaring these stories absolute and true is the pattern of charlatans and false prophets. Wanting to believe that the stories are true… I can’t answer that one.
As long as people do not wish to take blame for doing wrong, who cannot accept death as a part of life, and when confronted with a problem, look towards a supreme being with no motives for answers, people like Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda, “The Man Christ Jesus” will continue to cause havoc among all.
David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com and New York Journal of Books.com.