…Society loses it’s limitations.
I just finished reading parts of a book by a person from Saskatchewan ‘man’ claiming to be ‘the second Christ’. The book is part dan brown meets scientology meets ufo’s meets Christian theology meets bible code meets ashkenazi jew study meets CIA cover-up on a genetic program – meets revelations. Your basic Second coming of Christ theology with a new twist slapped on top for a unique measure. The book is easily the most confusing book I have ever read – and the worst written (amateur night when they let this man publish me thinks).
Anyways, that’s not my point – my point is this is what can (and usually does) happen when we make God into a ‘man’ (just like our neat little selves down here). Then we get a variety of human beings crawling out of the woodworks claiming the exact same thing. God is unique – I get this and always will – and is nothing like us humans. God even states that clearly in Exodus 20: 2- 4:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before (or besides) Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.”
Now I know this is God speaking to the Israelites – but it reveals a lot about His character. There is not one person like Him and no image we have available on earth can actually represent Him…not even us (although we are admittedly created in God’s image). Doesn’t matter – we are not even like God in ‘image’ (being ‘on earth’ and all). This is a solid commandment and the most meaningful one – for good reason – breach this one and they can all fall like domino’s after it.
You see, this dude in Saskatchewan is not quite alone – he has many members in his category – you know that unique Christian that plays representative to God for all – or is God. Joseph Smith, Charles Taze Russell, Jim Jones, David Koresh, and you can likely name a few others. I have even sparred with people like this on-line – anyone remember the prophet Timothy (claimed to speak directly to Jesus in his blog and in his writings)? Needless to say – these are the same people that see Jesus as God and Man…and we dare to wonder where they garnered the audacity to make some of the claims they do – to godhood?
I am beginning to realize once we remove the mystery from the mysterious God who is wholly seperate in being to us – and we allow Him to be one of us in being – then we are not too far away from calling one of us God again. There are some things that are sacred for very good reasons – this is one of them.