Jesus Who Never Lived, The

Exposing False Christs and Finding the Real Jesus

Christian - Living
320 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

This is a very special book and one that all Christians should read. Scripture clearly states that there will be false Messiahs. “My desire is that the reader will receive knowledge of the real Jesus amid the current contention that there are a number of equally legitimate understandings of Jesus.”

The Jesus Who Never Lived is written for the layman, but I think I know some scholars that would benefit from this book. Wayne House discusses the various imagines of Christ, “from the early church, through the eyes of other religions and through the eyes of Western Civilization today. He discusses:

·         The good but powerless Jesus of world religions

·         The less than fully God Jesus of cults of Christianity

·         The mystical and even sensual Jesus as presented by Hollywood and popular media”

Readers need to know who the real Jesus is to be able to identify false prophets. Can we recognize a false prophet if we do not know the true Messiah? I do not think so. It is too easy for people to attempt to mold Jesus into what they want him to be rather than allow Him to mold us into His plan. House is a talented communicator. He writes in terms simple enough for all lay people to understand and yet well documented. I like this book and think it would benefit both believers and non-believers.


Do you remember that movie, Catch Me If You Can? Starring Leonard DeCaprio?

He mainly did cheque forgery and eventually worked for the FBI to catch other criminals? In the movie it shows him studying the real cheques before he figured out how to make the fake ones.

So why do I bring this up?

As a Christian we need to make sure we do that, right? Study the WORD before we can pick out who is teaching false doctrine. Not just bits and pieces, but the WHOLE WORD. If we can't back it up in God's Word, and actually know it's in his Word, how can we tell who is preaching the real gospel?

The Jesus Who Never Lived by H. Wayne House encourages this train of thought. He helps by giving you the scriptures and encourages you to understand what the Bible REALLY says about Jesus.

What I like about this book:

House really gives scripture to back up his information. I mean a lot!

I like that he also provides outside sources from older doctrines that help validate his point historically and therefore more accurately. He gives the facts as opposed to his opinion and lays it out before you.

I like the layout of the book. House presents the false idea (ie. that Judas was a good guy) and than gives you the biblical resources. It is easy to read, and easy to follow (which I greatly value in apologetic books!)

House pulled out a few things that I don't think I had heard, and I appreciated that. For instance, he gives the references to Judas, and shows that Judas never actually acknowledged Jesus as God/Savior.

I think this book is a good study book, but you need to know your Bible yourself. As my pastor said, "Don't just believe! Check it against God's Word." I think it's so important to understand and know HIS WORD instead of just taking someone else's word! That being said, sometimes it is difficult to totally "get it" and it's nice to see what others say, so you can grasp a better understanding. This is one of those books that help you get a that "better understand"

The Jesus Who Never Lived has made me evaluate who has influenced my belief in Jesus, and whether or not my environment has played a big part in that, or whether I am relying on God's Word and what I learn myself about HIM.

Debra Hopkins

Wayne has done his home work on this book. This is a timely book in light for a culture who say they like Jesus but not the church. Pop culture may like to make Jesus "after their own image" but this book helps us see the true Jesus--the Son of God