… that Christianity is a personality cult:
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Heh. So … let me see if I get this right. It’s not idol worship if it’s a graven image of your deity that you bless, bow down to, and make pilgrimages to? Sigh.
I would disagree that the Christian faith is not a personality cult, but what you are reading about and seeing with this statue could be confused with the Christian faith. NFQ, your statement is very accurate that this is an example of idol worship found within the Old Testament of the Bible that does stain and mock what Christian faith should be about. Truthfully, the issue involved is that of worship. God created all human beings with the desire to worship the Creator, but humanity was given the free choice to worship God or something else. For some people, this manifests itself in different avenues. For example, some people find themselves giving their time and devotion to family, friends or even food. Also, for others, there could be a worship of different things in their life (materialism) such as computers, cars or others products that provide entertainment and satisfaction. However, these things will eventually fail you whether it be people, food or piece of entertainment. This is where the worship of God fulfills the human desire for worship in a complete way that brings about full satisfaction for the purpose for a person’s life.
Now in regards to these people and their statue that has been built, this is clearly a misunderstanding of the devotion and worship that is due to God. Yes, this is a poor understanding of offering worship to God through a created thing. In the Old Testament, especially in the Torah, the worship of God is best describes in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as being the one who is to be worshiped. The verses go on to illustrate that a person should love the Lord with all of the heart and with all of the soul and with all of the might that has been given to that person by God. This verse clearly illustrates the above mentioned definition of worship in which God creates mankind to worship and it is man’s choice to return in free will with worship to God. As for the Christian viewpoint of worship, Jesus also quoted these verses as the greatest commandment by God in the Old Testament above the Ten Commandments that are now popular to put on signs in peoples yards in the Southern United States. In conclusion, Jesus clearly states that worship and devotion to God is of the utmost importance in the life of a Christian. This was drastically lost in the lives of the people that built this Jesus statue. And sadly, this is what the news is presenting Christianity as, without representing the entire and true understanding of Christian worship of God. As for me, I have no need for any idol or image to look at to give my worship. I have accepted Christ as my Savior, and I give him my life and my actions as a sacrifice and act of worship to him because he freely gave his life and body as a sacrifice for my life which deserved punishment for sins. Hopefully this comment will shed further light on the idea of Christian worship that is not focused on Earthly idols, but on the salvation and freedom found in Jesus Christ. It is my hope that you would consider this salvation and freedom, or at least begin to question what true worship of God looks like. And I pray that one day you would be able to see and possibly participate in the true worship of God our Creator.
Ccolumbus1975: Thanks for your comment.
I’m curious why you would consider an example of worship to be “giving … time and devotion to family, friends or even food”. Doesn’t God actually require us to love, and look after, our family and friends? Why should this be considered worship?
Indeed, even the enjoyment of hobbies such as collecting old cars, or cooking, or enjoying computer technology, don’t strike me as worship. It’s not as if one necessarily places these hobbies at some special level of adoration above everything else.
It seems almost as if you’re arguing for the lifestyle of a monk, who must rid himself of even the smallest distraction from worship. This seems a little extreme.
Is there not a middle ground where we can savor some of the pleasures of life, including an appreciation of our spouses, children, and yes, even cars and computers, without it being considered worship?
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