"Can be answered like this, the basis for Christian faith in worshipping this man whom the Gospels might not accurately portray is that this portrayal is what is needed to accurately portray the importance and magnificence of this human being who lived 2 millenia. What we worship as Christians is not the miracles and not the great sayings, but his place in human history as that voice that awakened humanity to something bigger and something more profound. This is what makes Jesus the Messiah and his profound gestures and willingness to sacrifice himself is what makes him the Savior. Maybe that's why his followers couldn't let go."
Hi Harv. :) Why doesn't lysithea correct your punctuation? :)
This talk of worshiping Jesus never bothers me because his talk was of appreciating and loving others. He seems to have agreed to serve in the capacity of Icon, whether we say he began as God incarnate or Man who realized we are vessels which carry a microcosm of the ultimate dimensions that created All that is worth saving.
There is no reason to forget Jesus. It seems like the worship of Jesus is like holding on to a bubble of great value that miraculously is there when we go away and come back. He and/or his story managed to fulfill some niche in the convergence of meaning. It hardly matters whether someone denies him. The spacetime he occupies is not about aggrandizing himself as an historical figure. The tragedy of denying him is that one denies one's own value, for he (and the most basic theology about him) is a transcendent and convincing testimony to our own depth of meaning. The story itself is like a pressure-cooker, metaphorically speaking --- like the attempts to create fusion energy. Politics, history, superstition, desperate need, prophecy and love all ganged up to put him where he was at that time, I guess. I think there's more to this but anyway,