Everyone in the West knows who Jesus is, right? Wrong! It’s no different today than it was in Jesus’ own day when he asked the disciples “Who do men say that I am?” They said, “Some say you’re Elijah, one of the prophets or John the Baptists.” In other words, “You’re just a man speaking for God!” The same answers have been given down through the centuries. People have “stumbled over” Jesus’ true identity as the “Theoanthropos”, the God-man of all history. How serious an error is it to mistake Jesus for someone or something other than who he claimed to be? The scriptures are replete with warnings about false christs and false teachers (Matt. 24: 5, 23-26; 2Cor. 11:34, 1John 4:1-6). In this issue of the Areopagus Journal, authors Branch, Hux, Groothius, McKnight and Minish describe and critique the counterfeit christs of prominent pseudo-Christian cults, Islam, the new age, and skepticism.
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