All in All
May 23, 2006 Leave a comment
I'm currently reading Paul's letter to the church in Colossae (for you Greek buffs, yes I know it's the English translation of a Greek text.) It's been a week and a half and I'm still only in the first chapter. What is interesting to me about this letter is that Paul is writing it to a church beset by a heresy. A heresy which is trumpeted as the latest thing everytime it rears its ugly head. A heresy that denies the divinity of the Christ.
Just to make sure where things stand, Paul, a former persecutor of Christ and His followers, makes the following points about this One he once denied and vehemently opposed:
1. "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of ALL creation" (1.15)
2. "In Him ALL things were created" (1.16)
3. "ALL things have been created through Him and for Him" (1.16)
4. "He has existed before ALL things and in Him ALL things hold together" (1.17)
5. "For it was the Father's good pleasure for ALL the fullness of deity to dwell in Him" (1.19)
It seems that Paul is trying to make a point, mainly that Jesus has supremacy over all because He is God (coming from a Jew this is either blasphemy or God's Truth). No other belief system credits this much power to its 'founder.' Neither Moses, Mohammed, Gautama, Smith, Hubbard, or Russell get labeled as God Himself. Some of these men might be deified but never in the fullest sense of the word.
It is painfully apparent to me that the early church believed in Christ's divinity, mainly because the Apostles testified to His Resurrection (in which He called His Shot in a manner that shames Babe Ruth.) It can be argued that these men made it up, the whole 'meal ticket theory,' so as to keep making money off people who'd believe anything. This theory could possibly hold, that is until we read about Saul's (later known as Paul) conversion. Say what you will about these men but they backed it up by not denouncing what they knew to be True and because of their testimony dying a martyr's death. No one (unless they're in the the deepest level of delusion) willingly dies a violent death for what they know to be a lie.
As much as we would like to believe that all religions [at least the ones with a god(s)] worship the same God, I'm afraid that is quite incorrect and delusional. One religion claims that its founder is God, yet the others don't believe He is, so how can this one religion and the others be worshiping the same God?