By Femi Aribisala
MANY people have heard of Barrack Obama. Some even believe he is the president of the United States. But I have news for them all. Barrack Obama does not exist. He is a myth created to deceive the world that Americans are so enlightened they would actually elect a black man as president. The so-called Barrack Obama is a white actor under heavy disguise. That is why there is contention about his place of birth. Barrack Obama was not born in Hawaii, Indonesia or Kenya. He was born at Twentieth Century Fox studios in Hollywood.
My position on Barr-ack Obama is a parody of Douglas Anele’s articles in Vanguard on 8th and 15th April, 2012 entitled: “The Signific-ance of Easter.” In them, he maintained Jesus never existed. When I read the articles, I felt genuinely sorry for Douglas. All it revealed is that Douglas has never met Jesus, which is such a shame. The fact that I have never met Barrack Obama, or that there is contention about his place of birth, does not mean he does not exist. Neither does the fact that Douglas has never met Jesus, or the discrepancies in the biblical reports about his resurrection, lead to the conclusion that Jesus never existed.
Barrack Obama is alive and well and living in the United States. Jesus is alive and well. He lives in my heart and in the hearts of all true believers. Easter is a pagan festival merged with Christianity. Yes, it is! The bible is full of errors and contradict-ions. What do you ex-pect? It was written by men. But it also contains the truth of God. Jesus says: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.” (Matthew 13:24). This is applicable to the Christ-ian bible. It is a book with weeds sown among the wheat.
Douglas only talks about the historical Jesus. But as a student of history, surely he knows there are conflict-ing reports about all historical figures, incl-uding those of recent memory. What Douglas fails to appreciate is that the historical Jesus is present here today. Tell-ing someone like me who interacts with Jesus on a daily basis that Jesus does not exist is like saying my wife, Karen, does not exist. She might not exist to Doug-las, but I have known her for 44 years and have been married to her for 35 years. Similarly, I have known Douglas’ “non-existent Jesus” for 20 years.
Witness of Jesus
I was born in a Christian family. Every Sunday, it was compul-sory to go to church. I was compelled to cram some scriptures. I even acted in biblical plays. At 18, I was confirmed into the Anglican Commun-ion. But once I left home for the university, I breathed a sigh of re-lief. I remained a nomi-nal Christian but never went to church again except to get married or to attend weddings. I lived my life to all intents and purposes as if Jesus never existed. Until one day, he showed up; not on the pages of my bible (I was not in the habit of reading the bible), but in person.
John testifies to the Douglases of this world: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concern-ing the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” (I John 1:1-3).
This is like saying some people have only heard of Barrack Obama. Some have seen him, perhaps on television or in a magazine. But others have actually met him in person; they have even touched him. That is my testimony to Douglas Anele concerning the Jesus that is non-existent to him. I, Femi Aribisala, am a witness of the re-surrection of Jesus. I have heard of him; I have seen him and I have met him. I have touched him and he has touched me. But there is an even higher level of acquaint-ance. Jesus has been revealed in my life.
On Damascus Road
There is a story of a certain historical Douglas Anele in Acts. His name was Saul. Like our Douglas of today, he fashioned himself as a persecutor of the follow-ers of Jesus. But some-thing dramatic happened to him on Damascus Road: “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecut-ing,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” (Acts 9:3-6).
This was written in the bible not just as a hist-orical record; or as Douglas might say, as a mythical record. It was written to demonstrate that Jesus physically appeared to some people, even the Doug-lases of this world, after his resurrection. Jesus is the same: “yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). As he appeared to the doubt-ing Douglases of yester-day; so he appears to the doubting Douglases of today. Jesus says: “He who has My com-mandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest My-self to him.” (John 14: 21).
I was one of those doubting Douglases. However, at the age of 41, Jesus manifested himself to me, not on Damascus Road, but on Airport Road in Lagos. He has continued to do so since then. He speaks to me and I speak to him. I ask him questions and he ans-wers. On a number of occasions, he has even revealed to me before-hand things which then happened in the futu-re.
Asking for Jesus
Jesus says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10). Rather than wast-ing time trying to conv-ince the converted that Jesus did not exist, the Douglases of this world should ask the heavenly Father to reveal himself to them. When I did, I received infallible proofs of the living Jesus.
Ask for your own burning-bush experie-nce, as happened to Moses. Ask for Jehov-ah-Shammah; the God who is always there. Ask for Jehovah-Jaireh; the great provider. Ask for Jehovah-Rophe; the God that heals us. Jesus says: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your child-ren, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).