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"When the human race has once acquired a superstition, nothing
short of death is ever likely to remove it." - Mark Twain

Personal Relationship with God
07/15/2018

Another one of the most pernicious doctrines in Christian theology is the teaching that we can and should have a "personal" relationship with Jesus. Not only does this idea not find support in what Jesus said, but it makes a mockery of the human experience, and it makes a mockery of God by making him a very strange individual indeed!

The vacuous relationship

Who would settle for another "personal" relationship if the other person never met or visited you, never touched or hugged you, never sent you a birthday card, never spoke to you in person or even over something like the telephone or with email? Wouldn't we rightfully laugh with scorn at such a relationship being called "personal"?

Arrogant stance

Isn't the idea of the creator of the universe selecting YOU to have a personal relationship with, in the face of NOT having a personal relationship with most other humans, an arrogant one? Aren't you really being an egotist and being  pretentious? Please tell me what it is that makes YOU so special against most others, including me?

Limited and minimal

Secondly, why is that "personal" relationship so limited and minimal? Why is it only in the nature of a psychological coping mechanism instead of being more tangible to the point of delivering material benefits such as significant help with life's challenges, problems, needs, desires; and mental and physical health benefits such as healing and security?

Love one another

Instead, didn't Jesus point our attention in another direction for our relationships? His words are, "By this will all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another" and "If you have done it unto one of the least of my brothers, you have done it unto me." If we define real love as delivering to a person what they need and/or want, it is easy to see that God cannot be loved directly but only by loving other people, which is exactly what Jesus indicated.

Jesus came to this earth to manifest an adequate demonstration that there is a God worthy of the term, and to inaugurate the Kingship of the Heavens for humans on earth; not to establish some kind of relationship that is no better than having an imaginary friend.

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