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Editorial: Religions and Jesus

By L. John Bueno
April 4, 2010

At the beginning of my tenure as executive director for AG World Missions, I was overwhelmed with the fact that it was my responsibility to catch a glimpse of each region of the world in an effort to understand many of the deep-seated religious movements in our world today that are vying for the attention and hearts of people.

In many countries, I have sensed the darkness that religious predominance has brought. Though people are zealous about their religion, in reality, there’s poverty, darkness, desperation and a lack of hope.

In other countries, people have no desire for God because they are satisfied with material things, or at least they think they are satisfied. But there is still a void.

As you read through history, you see how many of the conflicts in our world were instigated by religious differences. Even today, conflicts are often based on religious differences. People wonder what the answer is. How can we make a significant impact in a world where there is such diversity of religious belief and disagreement over spiritual issues? Simple as it may be, the answer is Jesus. Without the accoutrements of all the things we think are necessary to become a Christian, sometimes we lose sight of how straightforward it is.

In reading the Word, we see the simple message that Jesus proclaimed. I believe if we preach it with the same simplicity and with the same focus on Jesus being the answer, people will understand. If we present just another religion, another man-made system, as good as it might be, it will be hard to win the world to Christ. But if we present Jesus in all of His power, it will make a difference, and it does make a difference in our world.

The answer to all other religions of the world is what happened outside Jerusalem many years ago when Jesus offered hope for humanity — the life-changing message of the cross of Christ and His resurrection. The message of Jesus is the message this world so desperately needs to hear.

L. JOHN BUENO is executive
director for AG World Missions.

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