Who were Jesus’ other sheep? Did they consist of all the rest of the world outside of the biblical area of what is now called North Africa, and did Jesus visit them outside of Judaical knowing? In other words, was Jesus dealing with other peoples that the Jews of old knew nothing about? Is there more to Jesus than what the Christian Bible tells us? And if so, is it possible to know some of what that is?
How do we know that Jesus is not meeting with others in the center of their religious practices? If the religions of the world are culturally based and if all peoples have varying religious traditions, how can we say that Jesus only meets people of a specific religious tradition? Doesn’t that reduce Jesus, who is omnipotent son of God? So if we say that Jesus doesn’t come through culture and religion, but through belief in Him only, then how can we say that everyone who has a religion doesn’t have Jesus as well if they choose to believe in him? According to Christianity, Jesus has many names and meets us at the place of our need. So if he meets me as a black woman, even in my cultural manner, how can I say that he won’t meet a Hindu in her cultural manner? Is it fair to say that Jesus supersedes the cultural practices of human beings?
For that reason I say that though we may practice a certain way while we serve Him, our practice has nothing to do with Jesus even though we may believe it does. It’s not our practices that bring Jesus, although He will come to us even as we practice our culture. After all, Jesus has met people outside of the practice of the Christian church. So the question arises: even if the Muslim is doing his prayers, can Jesus can come to him, even if he calls Him “Allah”? I believe so, and I believe that it’s not so much the acts and rituals of prayers that is what The Holy Spirit responds to, even though he may think it was.
Is it possible that Jesus simultaneously touch the lives of people in different parts of the world, who were doing different religious practices? Is it true that Jesus only visits those who do a certain ritual? So if I’m smudging sage and standing outside in the Arizona mountains and I’m a native American, will Jesus not come to me, even if I call him the Great Earth Mother?
When reading the holy scriptures of other religions, is it possible to meet Jesus? If he came for the entire world, what does that mean? How did he communicate with others, did they have awakenings, visions, hear voices, get illuminations, write holy words? Did they wrestle with God, with their understanding of Jesus? Did they hear a Word from on high, one that Christians never knew about?
Is Jesus only for Christians, or is He for the whole world?