As Christmas draws to a close, I have had another visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They left me a book, The Watchtower.
There is something interesting about the witness’ approach to Christianity. My understanding is, they worship Jehovah, not Jesus himself. As Christians, Jehovah’s witnesses teach us to model our lives on the life of Christ.
According to the Bible, Jesus was approachable and dealt with his followers with empathy and compassion. Disciples observed his great affection, affection they say he was not ashamed to manifest openly. He was manifesting love and did not share the prejudices of the people in his day.
Jesus also practised abundance. He attended banquets and changed water into wine.
Jesus clearly understood the ‘law of attraction’ and as I said last week, the New Testament even tells us “you reap what you sow”.
As I think more about Jesus, something about traditional Christian theology doesn’t quite make sense to me.
The worship of Christ.
I am not refuting the existence of Jesus, he almost certainly existed.
Wikipedia’s entry about Jesus of Nazareth says “ancient texts on Jesus’ life are at least partially accurate, agreeing that Jesus was a Galilean Jew who was regarded as a teacher and healer”.
Beyond that, he may even have been the son of God as Christianity claims, or he may have meant that he was the son of God in the same way we all are, made in the likeness of our creator, whatever that might mean.
Whatever way you look at it he delivered a message, he was a messenger.
So why worship him?
Could someone please explain why, when the ten commandments clearly said “You shall not make for yourself an idol”, the Christian faith took it upon themselves to fashion crosses out of wood and stone and kneel before them and pray.
Imagine for a moment that Jesus was your mailman and brought you a message that unlocked your whole Universe.
Would it make sense to worship your mailman? And would it make sense to unquestioningly believe every other word he/she said?
Or would it make sense to listen to the message and apply it to your life. Take responsibility for the meaning of the message and take action rather than sit around and hope (pray).
Okay, honour and respect the mailman for delivering the message.
But please don’t hope (pray) before images of mailmen, mailbags, stamps or envelopes thinking it will change your life.
Just time to prepare for another historical ritual, the New Year.
See you on the other side of the looking glass