Nine Letters # 1 – Worship of a Form

This was sent to a Christian who claimed that his worship of Jesus is “not worship of a form”

When you claim that you are not worshiping a form – you  are doing nothing to clarify the matter. You are moved by the suffering  experienced through a human body and you love the one who suffered in that body.  I call that worship of a form. You can call it what you want – but perhaps you  can explain how it is different from someone who is moved by the beauty of a  statue and falls in love with it – he then tells himself that the experience was  so deep that it must have been God Himself who imbued the statue with His own  beauty so that people could know Him – and this person elevates his love of the  statue to the level of his love for God. Would you call that worshiping a form?  Let me remind you – this person doesn’t face the statue when he is worshiping  although many of his brothers and sisters in faith  do.

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4 Responses to Nine Letters # 1 – Worship of a Form

  1. naaria says:

    The whole point of a human or “flesh & blood” Jesus is to manifest God, to make or transform “formless God” (or Word-Logos) into a form and “come in the formed flesh of man so that at least a few people somewhere at some time could see God” and therefore testify that “God is “real” and God is a “living God”. Other nations had their gods in the form of lambs or calf or tree or statue or man, so why not Israel? Their god or gods of small or mighty nations could come in the form of a man (like the Roman Caesars or Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Seleucid Greek, who was Zeus the “god manifested” or “the abbominations of desolation”., so why did the Jews have to remain “backward” and primitive “just because of Moses” way back in ancient history?

    Some early Christians, like the Docetists, etc, also believed that it was heresy and an abomination that a god or God would take on a form and it was especilly absurd that incorruptible God would become corruptible flesh, as if that was the only way to “uplift” people (to cater to their egos? or to their humanistic or epicurean ways?)

    • naaria says:

      And the whole point of God giving the Israelites the concept of idolatry was that they should not be like the people of other nations; that they not worship the form or rather, “the spirit or god manifested” or “dwelt in”or “came in”, in the form of created objects or beings (like golden calf or man) or in the power of nature (so, neither sun-god, moon-god, or man-god were acceptable, nor was God, the “god in thunder” nor “the god in the wind”, nor was God “in the fire”).

  2. peterusa123 says:

    I have a similar situation with the christians. christians claim that they worship a three in one god which they call trinity their one god has three something to it like a schizophrenic. However they adamantly claim that is one god even if they are in three different places at the same time. They even have the audacity to say that their man god is sitting at the right hand of their other god. Now my claim to them is if you have one truck in New York one truck in Chicago and one truck in California they are three trucks. christians can puff and puff all they want and claim it is really one truck the fact is we see three trucks in three different places they are three not one. Christians are the only ones in the world claiming don’t believe what you see believe what we tell you.

    Bart Ehrman, a christian scholar, left Christianity when he found discrepancies in all the manuscripts that the christians claim they have. He concluded that how do we know any of it is true if there are so many discrepancies. The same thing here if christians can convince millions that when they see three it is really one can’t they convince people when they saw their god dead on the cross that he really is not dead he came back to life. So one may ask where does he live if hes alive so they cook up a story he is sitting at the right hand of his other god.

    Jews believe what they see.
    Exodus 14:31 And Israel saw the great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared the LORD; and they believed in the LORD, and in His servant Moses.

    Also ask christians according to them what is idol worship they will answer anyone worshiping anything other than their god is idol worship. Well some one worshiping a rock can claim the same thing and he will have better proof from the Jewish bible than the christians have. In the Jewish bible it says many times that G-D is a rock. So some one worshiping a rock has more clearer proof text from the Jewish Bible than chrisitians have that their je sus is god no where in the Jewish Bible does it say the name or the saying Je sus is their god.

    Deuteronomy Chapter 32:4 The Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is He.15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked–thou didst wax fat, thou didst grow thick, thou didst become gross–and he forsook God who made him, and contemned the Rock of his salvation. 18 Of the Rock that begot thee thou wast unmindful, and didst forget God that bore thee.
    1 Samuel Chapter 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD, for there is none beside Thee; neither is there any rock like our God. 2 Samuel Chapter 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a Rock, save our God? Psalms Chapter 18:32 For who is God, save the LORD? And who is a Rock, except our God?

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