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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.