Worship of Jesus
Unity and salvation
I would appreciate your opinion on all three of those if you have time. First and foremost, I'm not here to debate. So I will be sitting here with a Bible doing my best to grasp what you're trying to teach. So for my understanding. . .
Why do many Christians worship Jesus? Given, even if he is the true substance of God, I has always been uncomfortable with this. I thought all men were supposed to worship and pray to God the Father.
The majority of non-Catholic or Orthodox Christians don't have a unified tradition, which would seem to make exegesis, storing of knowledge, and Christian identity pretty difficult to maintain. For example, spending some hours studying Talmud, I know that imagining a likeness of God or Jesus in my head to pray to is creating a false likeness to worship, a mental idol. All Jews will know this, for generations, uniting people by similar understanding. Alternatively, every church seems to develop a different corpus of knowledge with conflicting interpretations and quoting without memorizing most of the Bible, which seems necessary to ensure you're interpreting quotes correctly.
Christianity, as far as I know so far, teaches on the importance of faith and the fruit it bears. Here, I believe fruits simply refers to good acts? Most Christians on Earth are Catholic or Orthodox, believe in salvation through Jesus (faith). Yet non-Catholics quite often don't recognize them as Christians. I don't understand this if indeed faith saves, even if they believe good behaviour is necessary. But many Christians are convinced of their salvation without (here I speak metaphorically) sharing their water with their neighbour. (kudos if you get the reference ).
Lasltly, how do you feel about the mystical study on Christianity. Both the Jewish and Muslim faiths have such understandings. For example, does the structure of the cross have multiple meanings for man, his spiritual history and future, both real, figurative, and esoteric?
Edited by Leaf99, 01 October 2012 - 06:38 PM.