injects a linguistic deconstruction into the “I Am” sayings of Jesus. He quotes John 14:6 in the interview with Ms. Falsani. Obama describes how the verse is to be interpreted, “That depends on how John 14:6 is heard.” The philosophy of “linguistic deconstruction” utilized by Obama interprets the value and meaning of words upon the reaction of the collective consciousness of the audience. Words are defined by the reaction to the speaker’s discourse. If an audience believes Jesus’ declaration [of John 14:6] is just one of many paths, then that becomes the linguistic meaning. The original definition has been distorted through linguistic reductionism. Obama’s interpretation of Jesus’ words is nothing but the device of isegetics conjoined to deconstruction, inculcated under Jeremiah Wright. It is a complete perversion of Jesus’ “I Am” sayings. Jesus utilized in Greek “Ego Emi”, the Septuagint translation of the August name of God, referring to Exodus 3:14. This is the Old Testament declaration of God’s holy name. Jesus declares that he is the divine “I Am.” It is an assertion of divinity. It is the divine style of speech in the most emphatic form. Eternity of being is declared. “The way, the truth and the life” are all attributes of God and his word in the Old Testament (Ps. 27:11, 36:4, 119:130, 33, Deut. 32:4, Deut. 5:26, Isa. 65:16, Jer. 10:10, Dan. 6:26). Jesus asserts that he is the embodiment of the revealed nature of God. He is presently and will forever be “The Way, the truth, the life” exclusively. This declaration of Jesus does not originate from the matrix of humanity, philosophy or any religion but comes from the nature of God. Obama’s religion has created a facsimile Jesus that blatantly demeans and dishonors the person of Jesus Christ whom he says he serves.
Within the interview with Cathleen Falsani, Obama was asked, “Who’s Jesus to You?” She remarks that “He laughed nervously.” Then he remarks, “Jesus is an historical figure to me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think its important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.” Obama never asserts that Jesus is Divine or is his personal Lord. He puts Christ in the “wonderful teacher” category. This restriction of thought cannot contain the nature of Jesus. The Gospels are replete with Jesus’ assertions of his divinity. The “I Am” sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John (6:35, 8:12, 10:7, 9, 11, 19, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1, 8:23ff, 28, 13:19) are in the divine style of speech. He asserts his eternity of being. “I Am…These are the words of the most impudent blasphemer or the words of God incarnate.” (G. C. Morgan, Commentary on John). Jesus, without hesitation, affirmed that he was the Eternal God. Such an affirmation would transcend the simple category of a moral teacher or a rustic rabbi. He placed all the prophets, priests and kings of Israel in a subordinate position to him. “But as for God the Son apart from the incarnation, scriptures never suggest any contrast in glory as between Father and the Son. The following passages make this abundantly clear: John 1:1, 18, 8:58, 10:30, 14:9, 14:5, Rom. 9:5, Col. 2:2, Tit. 2:13, Heb. 1:8, I Jn. 5:20.” (Gleason Archer, “Bible Difficulties” p. 375). No devised category can contain Jesus. Obama perceives Christ as other than Jesus declared Himself to be. His is a Jesus that fits his circumscribed ideal of a moral bridge or teacher, but is not the transcendent Lord of heaven and earth. Obama believes in a figment of his own devising, not the Jesus of the New Testament. This Jesus is easy to live with, not the Lord who claims unconditional obedience and trust. A trilemma confronts anyone who undertakes a serious investigation of the person of Jesus. Either he was a fraud, self-deceived, or he was who he says he was. There can be no other options. The good moral teacher category utilized to neatly dismiss Jesus demands by definition truthfulness and sanity. If his declarations are untrue they would nullify such a classification. A rubicon decision is demanded by Christ, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). Jesus leaves no one in a moral no man’s land. Obama’s answer to that question is not in concert with Jesus’ self-definition. He has remade Jesus into his image and likeness. It is another Jesus, whom Obama proclaims, not the Christ of scripture.
“The idea of man as a being created in the likeness of God, the idea of creation, of divine knowledge, the election of Israel, the problem of evil, Messiahism, the belief in the resurrection or faith in revelation become caricatures when transposed into categories of pedestrian thinking.”
—Abraham Heschel, “A Philosophy of Judaism” p. 65
The scriptures warn of a generation that is pure in their own eyes. “There is a generation who is pure in his own eyes, yet is not washed from his filthiness. There is a generation O how lofty are his eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.” (Prov. 30:12-13). This type of individual sees only their image and likeness and filters all things, including the scriptures through their prism of self-righteousness. They have not seen themselves through the striking and humbling revelation of God through his word. They remain censorious of God and have become the arbiters of truth. They have a form of godliness (II Tim. 3:5) but have denied the transforming power of God. It is clear from President Barack Obama’s own words that he rejects orthodox Judaism and Christianity. He has redefined God and categorizes Jesus into an acceptable framework of his sequestered thinking. He has no heaven to look forward to nor a hell to shun. He has no belief in the Creator of the universe. To Obama, sin is no longer rebellion against God. He has no need for the atoning sacrifice of a Savior. He has adopted the language of Christianity to conceal his dialectic religion and has led many astray. This “form of godliness” promotes only one, the community organizer from Chicago. “The [community] organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level to which man can reach–to create, to be a ‘great creator’, to play god.” (Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals” p. 61). Obama’s words at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, in the Summer of 2008, regarding his faith, were as vaporous as his incessant speeches. His christianized language finds a ready response from pastors and congregations who want to believe that he is a “brother of the faith.” But Obama’s aversion to the truth of scripture belies such Christian verbage. He has learned the art of subterfuge well. May God strengthen His people in this time of national chastening. President Obama, “You are not a god, you are a mortal in need of God.”
“Of a man dominated by pride, the Holy One, Blessed be He, says, ‘I and he cannot dwell in the same universe.”
Lawrence Hilliard is the Founder of Clarion Voice Communications.Mr. Hilliard presents a theocentric perspective of life.
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