Does Jesus Have Multiple Personalities?
something I thought was interesting: "Jesus" seems to have
multiple personality disorder.
I've been working as a writer/editor since 1976, most of the time supervising
a writing staff in an industrial setting. However, as a result of this
experience I've developed the ability to, at times, distinguish writer's
voices. Writers have unique styles, they make unique word choices, use
different phraseology, and put their emphasis in different areas. The
result is that each writer has a recognizable "voice." For
example, in the Bible, Luke's writing is very easy to distinguish from
This is my subjective opinion. I'm not a trained expert in this area.
I'm just someone with a lot of experience, and what I hear
in Jesus Always are at least two writers/editors and maybe as
many as four. Is this a problem? Not necessarily. It is actually a normal
way many books are written. In the 1990's my agent got additional work
for me as a writer of individual chapters of a book that was on a tight
deadline. I found I didn't like working without knowing the complete
context of the book, but I learned that having multiple writers -- either
ghost writing, or heavily editing -- is not uncommon.
So why do I say this about Jesus Always? Try reading
the October 4th through 6th devotions. Then read the June 11th through
June 13th devotions. They sound very different. The Jesus who is speaking
in those June devotions seems to be a different Jesus than the one speaking
in the October devotions.
Would this normally be a problem? No, it's not a problem. Without
regard to the number of people involved in writing and editing a book,
the author whose name is on the cover is responsible for the content.
So Sarah Young is responsible for all of the content of Jesus Always,
without regard to whether she is the actual author.
But, in Jesus Always it appears this is a problem.
This is just my opinion, but sometimes the Jesus of Jesus
Always seems to be familiar with scripture and at other times he
doesn't know what scripture is saying. Its as though "Jesus"
has multiple personalities, and he certainly is not the omniscient God
of the Bible. Whatever is happening, this is not a "Jesus"
you want teaching you about growing closer to God, how to live your
life, or what scripture truly says.
RUN! from Jesus Always!!