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"There are a thousand hacking at the branches
of evil to one who is striking at the root." -
Henry David Thoreau
Suggested Reading Sequence

Theology Issues Links

What is a god
Basic questions for theology
The Problem of Evil
Meaning of word sin
Something Meaningful article
What about death?
Criteria for good news
Credibility of the resurrection
The Issue of Physicality
Traditional advent
"take up your cross"
Christianity and Gnosticism
Gospel of Thomas not Gnostic
Why is God not more involved?
Determinism & foreknowledge
Question of Blame
Major theological differences
Other theological issues
Consistent theology
Meaning of Imminent
The problem of belief
Thoughts on faith and belief
Thoughts on unity
Humanism versus Jesus
Personal relationship with God
Awareness level of "God"
Waiting for Godot
Nothing much for 2000 years?
The Devil and Satan
Empowerment vs natural law
Comments on Nicene Creed
Theology ABCs

"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

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!

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

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? What is it that makes YOU so special against most others?

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?

Instead, didn't Jesus point our attention in another direction? 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."

Jesus came to this earth to manifest an adequate demonstration that there is a God worthy of the term, not to establish some kind of relationship that is no better than having an imaginary friend.

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