Posted by Dena on March 6, 2004, at 16:13:59
In reply to May I make an attempt?, posted by rayww on March 6, 2004, at 13:28:02
My dear friend, Rayww,
As a true friend lays down her life for a friend, so you are willing to lay down your Psycho Babble Faith citizenship on my behalf!
I hear what you so eloquently said, in your attempt to clarify my dilemma. Thank you for that. However, I don't believe that the point was about how each of us can be "like Jesus" when we do His work here on earth, as in when we act as His hands and His feet (since those of us who follow Him are, after all, His Body).
The point I perceived was at attempt to lower Jesus from His unique status & divinity of God's only begotten Son, and to make Him into merely "one of many" of the founders of various religions and faith movements.
Jesus has no equal in that department. He didn't come to earth to establish a religion; religions are man's attempts to reach God. Jesus came here to do God's work of reaching us. Jesus is God in human flesh, coming down to our level, to reach us because we humans are innately unable to reach God on our own.
Rayww, I know that you know this, so the rest of this isn't particularly directed to you personally.
Jesus plainly told us how we are to respond to Him: in loving obedience to Him, loving God above all else, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. He told us in no uncertain terms Who He is, & how we are to follow Him. He didn't leave any room to redefine who He is, or to create another path that leads to Him. He clearly defined that path.
Anyone may choose their own path. But to speak contrary to Jesus & to still claim that their own path leads to Him isn't an option.
So, take your own path, choose your own way - you all have that freedom. But don't think that anyone can alter the reality of who Jesus is with a "new" definition of Him. He is who He is. He is God. Calling Him "one of many highly evolved Christed beings" is an insult to His nature and character.