Posts Tagged ‘idolatry’

Jesus as an idol

September 4, 2009

How is it possible to idolize Jesus? I asked myself: What do we understand by Jesus? Or Yeshua or whatever you call him. (I prefer his Jewish name Yeshua, so I will use that.) The question is what do we think who is Yeshua? Many people would answer the Messiah, the Son of God. And there would be some Christians who would say I know him. idolatryAnd a very few would say “I really know him but many others don’t.” But again, what do we understand. With a wrong understanding we may end up in idolatry.

I am concerned of the Yeshua about who is spoken, would be the right Yeshua. Him that is true. I think that the church has developed a man-made Yeshua. The church, by many doctrines and dogma’s to avoid deviation and apostasy, they became apostasy themselves by philosophy of man. Most known example is the doctrine of trinity. I would not say whether such doctrines are good or not. The problem is that we have to deal with an opinion about Yeshua which is not good, at least if I look around me. We have learned a lot about Yeshua, but what did we learn from the only G-d? Did He show us his salvation? His real Yeshua? A man who is drawn towards G-d is facing One G-d, who shows Himself as a righteous G-d. That causes a humble man convinced to be a sinner, who ask forgiveness. And in answer of doing good works, he begins to understand he couldn’t do anything on his own. He loses everything of his own and becomes more and more a subject of Yeshua, because He is the image of G-d which is going to be established in the sinner. His eyes are opened to look and he wants to see the mystery.

But about the right look on Yeshua, it’s not easy to draw a figure of him. Neither in mind, as certainly not on scripture. And how does it relates to the commandment “Do not make idols”? To know him the eyes must be opened first. It’s certainly a mystery that G-d brings a sinner to Him by grace. But it’s also certain that G-d is revealed in Yeshua. Only a right look on Him, the Savior, would often give the experience which would say: I have nothing. You, G-d, have it all, I not. And you have it all for me, I know, You did let me know it, but for now I am missing you, please have mercy, I love you. That’s it: LOVE. Love for G-d and love for your neighbor. And love for his Torah, John explained this in his letters by mention to love your brother and obey his law. As James do.

For me, such a confession of having nothing is far more worthy than the many who say: “I know Yeshua! He is my savior and I can tell you everything about him! And if you want to know him, listen to me and I’ll explain it. And if I can’t convince you, read the doctrines of my church!” Does he has the true one? Otherwise he’s serving an idol.

How do we understand the true Messiah? John wrote at the end of his first letter: “We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

And James, who mention Yeshua only one time in his letter (except its opening), he says:”My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.” (James2:1) I agree that conform the following context it is meant for persons as you and I, but it does not necessarily exclude the person Yeshua as a human being. Many people saw Yeshua when he lived on earth, but they didn’t saw him real, as the true one. Thomas was not convinced by seeing the person Yeshua alone. Until it came from heaven, as it were, he was and said: My Lord and my G-d. (John20:28) Who knows Him without divine revelation? Yeshua said: “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.” (Math.16:17)

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