Jesus came to show us how to live this life, how to think, how to act, and how to behave. He came as an example for us. He came to give us his spirit (his was of thinking and acting, his motives and his desires). But, instead of putting on Christ, many have made his spirit into a person, a diety, into God himself.
I have been listening to an online audio course about the Historical Jesus, taught by Bart D. Ehrman. In Module 21, The Afterlife of Jesus, he makes this statement:
"They took the religion of Jesus and made it into a religion about Jesus." Bart D. Ehrman
This morning I read the forward in a book that gave me some answers to a question that was within me, that I hadn't yet put into words. This has to do with the connection between belief and knowledge. Here is a copy of that forward:
"THIS IS JUST INFORMATION
This book contains just information. All information can be (partially or completely) true or false regardless of where it is found. "Great spiritual master", "enlightened guru", TV, a book, Internet and others are sources of information. None of these and no other source of information can give you (real, true) knowledge.
Knowledge is something you build by experience, using the information you receive. The information itself is not knowledge. To build your own knowledge, you can use information from different sources. Having checked the information out and having experienced it, you can say: I know. Until then you were believing, you did not know.
Today that thought came to me "evidence based religion". After that thought came to me I did a Google Search on that phrase "evidence based religion." There showed to be 83,500 hits. Evidently I wasn't the first person to have that thought. The website on the top of the list was called Evidence Based Religion. While there wasn't much on that blog, I did find these two useful definitions below.
In the middle of the night I was laying in bed and had these thoughts running around in my head. I as unable to sleep and was keeping my wife awake by my being awake. I finally got up and went to my computer and started writing. I basically had this one question, "What does it mean to love God?" How can we love God, who is Love Himself? This is what came out as I wrote.......