When one gazes into the face of God one sees a kind compassionate loving figure of divine justice. One sees a perfect complex individual. We see Christ moved by compassion then a while later in a righteous fury turning over the cheaters behind the change tables.
Now here’s the dilemma. This God us either too good to be true or perfect enough to be good. If Christianity is a myth then it must derive from somewhere. If the character of Christ is a copy from another belief it must be a replication of a form – an imitation. If it is where could it come from? We cannot create something we do not know.
Do any other of the major religious gods exhibit or experience the full gambit of emotion? Did Buddha ever show righteous anger? If he did that would betray the primary tenet of losing all desire; for righteous is a driving force to protect something dear.
Did Muhammad or ever Allah feel helpless or betrayed? Did Vishnu ever feel alone or did Zeus ever show pure unconditional love? How about Mars (Ares) or Venus (Aphrodite), did they show a heart that lies outside themselves? Did any other godhead feel worried to the point of exhaustion for what they would experience at the hands of mortals?
One may argue that the Greek and Roman God’s are the most human. There is a good point to make there. If all religions are man-made then the one that is the most human would be more likely to meet man’s needs. However there is a deeper need that we all have, a desire to be home – a homesickness on this earth.
One may wonder on they the planets are named after the Greek gods? One could say that each of the planets are known for one emotion just as the figureheads are only known for a singular driving feeling: the speed of adventure, the dryness of war, the smothering heat of passion, the large fallen protector, the ringer manipulator, the envy of the deep blue, and the cold of death. Yet, they all have a single dim reflection of the son, they all orbit a greater light, a greater light, one that no man can stare upon.
Christ is not an imitation, but an intermediately. The Son of Man is an advocate for mankind. The guilty protected by the punished.
“For this reason he had to be made like them fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2: 17-18)
See, we are created in God’s image – emotions are part of His character. We are dim reflections of His nature; fallen reflections. To escape this truth, we create even dimmer reflections in false Gods – celebrating cardboard cutouts when the genuine article stands knocking at our hearts.
Imagine the heart of God:
Look back at the pain of loss; now imagine God’s pain at those who reject Him.
Remember the magic of Christmas morn with that special gift you are about to give; then imagine God’s delight at the gift of His Son on that glorious morn in the stable.
Relive the moment of seeing distant relatives at a family reunion – with outstretched arms, laughter, and joy; then imagine the Great Shepard receiving the lost… and adopting them into His family.
Recollect the joy of romancing; now imagine God’s immense pleasure of rescuing, providing and romancing us.
The pains of hunger and loss; the Son was broken, humiliated, abandoned.
The victory of success; Christ conquered death!
God is a God who feels and cares. He still is moved with compassion, is concerned for sinners and fighters for His family.
Something that pure and divine would be mocked and forgotten if it was false and copied if it was true. How can we identify with such an infinitely feeling deity? We cannot, except that the Great Provider has revealed himself to us. What great providence! What great love! Above all else that is the singular emotion that the dim idols we create lack and what we desire most.