Jesus the Only True Friend You Need
Introduction
•	Christians have a song that has a refrain with the following words:
•	“Jesus is the Friend you need,
•	 Such a Friend is He indeed;
•	 He Who noteth ev’ry tear,
•	 He will banish ev’ry fear,
•	 Jesus is the Friend you need.”

Christianity Teaches That The God of the Bible 
•	God is our Father – Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 5:1
•	God is perfect – Matthew 5:48
•	God loves us
•	God loves us – John 3:16, Romans 8:16
•	God demonstrates His love for us – Romans 5:8
•	God is love – 1 John 4:8
•	God is reliable and faithful – I Corinthians 1:9, I John 1:9
Christianity Teaches That Jesus
•	Is our father – Matthew 9:22, John 13:33
•	Loves us – Ephesians 5:1
•	Is reliable and faithful – Revelation 1:5
•	Was perfect – I Peter 2:22, Hebrews 4:14, I John 3:5
•	Is our friend – John 15:13-14
•	Is perfect – Matthew 5:48
•	Is our father – Matthew 5:48, 1 John 3:1-2


Knowing a Friend
•	We can identify our friend(s)
•	We can demonstrate his/her/their presence, past or current
•	We spend time with friends. We can have dialogs with recognizable voices with them. We can see them. We can touch them
•	In most cases, we know all the good things our friends have done to us and we praise them. Sometimes we also exchange things (we give and receive):
•	Birthday gifts
•	Christmas gifts
•	Rides to work
•	Food to eat
•	When we think our friends have done us wrong, we can explain how we feel. In most cases, a good friend recognizes when he has hurt us. He may apologize. This is vice-Versa
•	In some cases, friends correct or try to correct their mistakes. A good friend would not spend eternity blaming you for the hurt he has caused to you
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•	We cannot identify this « friend »; no one has ever seen Him – 1 John 4:12
•	We cannot demonstrate His presence, past or current
•	How would you feel if somebody knocks at your door and tells you that you have a "friend" somewhere and you need to have a relationship with that friend? The person at the door says she has never seen that friend. She just knows that the "other being" claims to be your friend. She assures that you will never see that "friend" (unless you die first) but it will be the only true friend you will ever have
•	We are asked to spend time with that « Friend »; that is, we are asked to spend time with an invisible friend:
•	We are asked to have some type of dialog with this friend, through a prayer, which is a one-way conversation. There is no dialog (if you start hearing an unidentifiable voice while you are praying, you need to see a specialist). Of course, we cannot touch this « Friend »
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•	We can demonstrate the good things our friends have done to us and we praise them. We cannot demonstrate any good thing that this invisible « Friend » has done for us. In the same way, this good « Friend » has never done anything bad to us (which means we are not blaming Him for anything)
•	Sometimes, to acknowledge a friend, we may give him a present. The only way to give something (such as money) to this invisible « Friend » is to give it to someone else (such as a pastor) or an organization such as a church or the Salvation Army. These are institutions we can see and we can prove their existence. We can also trace what they would do with, or what happens to, our gift or money. At the end, we will know that the gift or money didn’t reach our invisible « Friend »
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•	Sometimes friends make mistake or do wrong to friends. Christianity presents the God of the Bible as a perfect being who never makes mistakes, but:
•	In the Bible, we read about mistakes the God of the Bible made. He created two « friends » named Adam and Eve. He gave them imperfect bodies that ate a fruit they were not supposed to eat. After that, God’s creatures, based on bodies and minds He gave them, kept making mistakes
•	In the New Testament, when Jesus tried to heel a blind man, He spit on the man’s eyes and the experience went wrong (Mark 8:22-24)
•	In the New Testament, Jesus sent His disciple « friends » to steel a donkey (and told them what to do if they get caught) – Matthew 21-1-3, Mark 11:1-3, Luke 19:28-31 (John relates the story slightly differently – John 12:12)

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•	When our friends realize they did us wrong, they may acknowledge their mistake instead of blaming us
•	The God of the Bible blames His « friends » for every bad thing in the Bible (Adam and Eve are blamed for the sin of eating the fruit). In Christianity, the God of the Bible created and gave imperfect bodies to his « friends » Adam and Eve. When those imperfect bodies failed, the God of the Bible blamed His « friends » and kicked them out of His presence
•	The whole New Testament is about people, God’s « friends », being blamed for anything and everything. For example, the Bible blames Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus « friends » for doing exactly what he had been called to do (John 13:27b) (John 13:21 states that Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him; in other words, God omniscient had already established the sequence of events, who would do what, and how the events would be carried out). Instead, the Bible says that “Satan entered into [Judas]” (John 13:27); so Judas’s act of betrayal was Satan’s fault, not God being in control
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•	When our friends realize they did something wrong, they try to correct their mistake:
•	The New Testament states that when Jesus realized His experience of healing a blind man was going wrong, He corrected it (Mark 8:22-25)
•	The God of the Bible multiplies mistakes and tries to correct them, only to make more mistakes. For example:
•	He created and gave imperfect bodies to his « friends » Adam and Eve. When those imperfect bodies failed, the God of the Bible blamed His friends and kicked them out of His presence
•	In many other places of the Bible, « friends » of God made some mistakes (David violating Bathsheba, Moses and Zechariah (John the Baptist’s father) doubting Him, Job being too perfect, etc)
•	And the God of the Bible punished His « friends » very harshly (David’s son died and his kingdom was divided, Moses never reached the promised land; and Job was blessed with a body covered with wonderful itches for days or months, etc)
•	If the God of the Bible loves His « friends », then why does He let His « friends » face diseases?
•	We are talking about an "Almighty" « Friend » who runs away from His « friends »
•	If the God of the Bible loves His « friends », then why does He let His « friends » face sicknesses, accidents, catastrophes?
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•	A good friend would not spend eternity blaming you for the hurt he has caused to you:
•	Christianity is wholly based on guilt. The Bible claims that the first humans sinned against God and all children thereafter bear the responsibility of that sin. Therefore, the earthly « friends » of the God of the Bible are blamed for everything
•	This invisible « friend » has never corrected His own mistakes. Even if human beings had sinned against their « Friend », He has never forgiven them even though every day and in every Sunday service, His « friends » ask to be forgiven and they are never forgiven (otherwise Christians would stop begging for forgiveness if they had been forgiven for the original sin and if their invisible « Friend » wants their friendship to continue)
Conclusion
•	The God of the Bible is not your « Friend »
•	Stop glorifying a fake « Friend » who blames you for every one of His own mistakes
•	Stop worshipping a « Friend » who is always threatening to send you to hell if you don’t worship Him
•	Stop clinging to an invisible “friend” whose presence you can never demonstrate
•	THINK!!!