Chameleons are really amazing little creatures. They show the wondrous imagination of an awesome Creator. As a child, living in Phoenix, I had one of these strange lizards. It would change color to match its surroundings. If I put it on the grass, it turned green. While on the sidewalk, it was a milky sort of color. It was brown on brown and yellow on yellow. It did not turn every color, but it did turn many.

For years I have been studying the cults and world religions, and have discovered an amazing thing: they treat Yeshua like a chameleon, blending His identity with their perverted doctrinal aberrations. He becomes what they want Him to be, and in the process, He loses His biblical identity.

Today, we look for the soon return of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. But who is this Yeshua that will return? Many view Him in different ways. This raises the most important question of our day, the same one Yeshua asked His disciples nearly 2,000 years ago. He asked, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Each of us must eventually come to terms with this same question.

Simon Peter answered that question by stating, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Yeshua acknowledged the accuracy of Peter’s answer and told him that it was the Heavenly Father who had revealed this truth to him.

Who do you say that Yeshua is? I hope for your sake that your answer is based on a personal relationship with the real Yeshua, for there are many religions that will try to sell you a false Yeshua, and only the real One can redeem you.

The Yeshua of the cults and the world religions is not the Yeshua revealed in the Bible. They follow “another Yeshua” (2 Corinthians 11:4) rather than the true One. Their concept of Yeshua does not come from the Heavenly Father. Rather, their views come from “the father of lies” (John 8:44).

In order to avoid deception and witness to those in the cults, it is important for Christians and Messianic Jews to understand how the cults and world religions view Yeshua. So, let’s take a look:

To the Bahai, Yeshua is but one of nine great world prophets or manifestations. He is not considered as great as their latest prophet Baha’u’llah.

To the Hare Krishna, Yeshua is an enlightened vegetarian teacher of meditation, maybe even Krishna himself.

To the Christian Scientists, Religious Scientists, Divine Scientists and the Unity School of Christianity, Yeshua is merely a man who discovered a divine idea or principle.

To the Jehovah’s Witnesses, He is Michael, the Archangel, the first being created by God. He did not rise physically from the dead, only spiritually. And He has already returned invisibly to the earth in 1914 and now embodies the Watchtower organization.

To the Moonies, Yeshua was a man who failed to bring physical salvation. The Cross represents His failure. Moon is considered the new Messiah.

To the Mormons, Yeshua is the spirit brother of Satan. He is but one god in a pantheon of gods, and many male Mormons are striving to become gods equal to Him.

To many in the New Age Movement, Yeshua is an ascended master, a guru, or spiritual guide. He is not God and not the Savior.

To the Rosicrucian, He is a manifestation of cosmic consciousness, but not uniquely God.

To Freemasonry, Yeshua was mystical, an exemplar, but not divine, nor the only means of salvation.

To those in Scientology, Yeshua is not significant at all.

To the Way International, Yeshua is the Son of God, but not God the Son.

To Spiritists, Yeshua is an advanced medium of the sixth sphere of the astral projection.

To those in Theosophy, He is no greater than any other man since all men are Christs.

To those involved in Transcendental Meditation, Yeshua is an enlightened guru who never suffered for anyone.

To the Unitarians, He is a good man who was mistakenly deified by his followers.

To the Muslims, He is but one of over one hundred thousand prophets and is nowhere near as great as Muhammad.

So who is the real Yeshua? Well, Simon Peter told us. He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. As the “only begotten” Son of God, He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all- present. Colossians 2:9 tells us that in the Lord Yeshua “all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” The Bible presents Him as fully man but also as fully God. He is jointly knit together in the person of the one true God (the Trinity) along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In light of these scriptural truths, those who view Yeshua as a mere man are not seeing His biblical portrait.

I ask you again: who do you say Yeshua is? Is your Yeshua the real One, or is He a chameleon image of the truth? The question is critical because you cannot be saved by putting your faith in a false Yeshua. Only the true One can save you!

Dr. Stan Fleming teaches on the cults and world religions. He may be contacted at 754 Silver Birch Lane, Oldtown, ID 83822, 208- 437-2032.