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Re: christed beings

Posted by robot on August 9, 2004, at 22:12:21

In reply to Re: christed beings robot, posted by Dena on August 3, 2004, at 9:39:39

I take a gnostic view of jesus' life and teachings...part of that is understanding that, like jesus, we are all sons of god. we are all sparks of the divine spark.
implied in that view is there is no reason to ask anyone for forgiveness, even jesus. he is an example to follow, not worship. (There is a whole body of knowledge parallel to the established church doctrines that elaborate on the more mystical interpretations. see gnosis.org if youre interested.) When the disciples said that they should wash his feet, as a way of honoring him or worshipping him, jesus insisted on washing theirs. I take this to mean "its not about Me, love and serve others". He also said that the Kingdom is here already--not something he was going to bring to us as a king or ruler. He repeatedly speaks of worshipping the Father (not himself). "Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." He does exhort people to "follow him", saying that "No one is good-except God alone" (mark 10:17).
Yes, my opinion is that worshipping jesus is unchristlike. That just follows from what I think jesus was and represents. I guess it all depends on who jesus is to us and what, exactly, worshipping is.
I hope this explained a little.

> You wrote: maybe the most unchristlike thing to do is be a christian worshipper of jesus.
> I mean, christ wasnt a christian. he was just showing us what we can be, too.
>
> I always choose to show my respect and love for Him by honoring His name with capital letters: Jesus Christ.
>
> Perhaps you could elaborate how I, as a Christian worshipper of Jesus, am being the most "unChristlike" I can be.
>
> If I'm doing something unChristlike by worshipping Jesus, I'd certainly like to know, so that I can repent.
>
> However you may have intended your comment, please know that I'm being very sincere.
>
> Shalom, Dena


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