Commercialism in the Church: Is Jesus a Product?
The commercialism of Jesus by the church creates an ownership of how we should think about Jesus.
We need to see what is hidden in plain view.
Originally published September 13, 2019 http://adeephumanity.com/2019/09/13/1-is-jesus-a-product-of-the-church/
What is it called when you say you are a Christian and people think of the church?
I recently came across and article talking about ‘unchurchables’. By their description that would be me… I don’t have a problem with Jesus and his teachings. I have a problem with the organization, the church.
Much to my surprise upon further examining of what I was thinking and feeling, it was apparent that the church itself is like a large corporation and what would be their product? You guessed it — Jesus. And of course, a chance to get to heaven.
What strikes me most about the church-notion of heaven is that it is the reward you get after you die. But that was not what Jesus taught. He said Heaven is among us. So where did these ideas come from? How many more of these misleading beliefs do we follow? Church approved thoughts. So if the church is like a corporation in control of branding and image, how much of our thoughts are manipulated? Owned. Like a corporate brand? It was daring on my part to look at this. A kind of apostasy. But perhaps this comes from being an outsider, an unchurchable?
Jesus says the road is narrow. Is there a true way and a true Jesus?
Could it be the way is narrow in part, because of the institution of the church? If Jesus said if two or three are gathered in his name there he will be also. Can it be where two or three are gathered, there is the true church also? And would Jesus teach people who are not of the organized church? If he did, what would he be teaching? These are some of the questions I want to explore.
Further to this I also want to explore what it means to ‘know’ Jesus because it seems to me that this knowing of Jesus, is not taught by the church. I think it is core.
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, (Matthew 7:21–23)
If I do all these good works and follow Jesus and at the end of the day he says he does not know me, then I would have missed something very important. What could that be? There are many passages in the bible talking about two ways of seeing or understanding. For instance he talked about the living waters vs the waters of our world , the living bread, vs our earthly bread to name two. There are obviously two ways to know Jesus and only one of them takes you through the narrow gates.
When the relationship to the church is more important
and when Jesus come second to the church…
I use the dictionary quite a bit. Though this in itself is not strange, the way I read the bible is different. Have you ever read Joseph Campbell’s work? The Hero of 1000 faces? Perhaps it seems odd to bring it here, but I think that Jesus, who he is, his life and times are a kind of code or major sigil or glyph that if we align to, can restore our lives, our faith, our future. I think the truth of Jesus is supported in 1000 ways and in 1000 stories. Is there a Jesus for unchurchables, for the Samaritan of the bible stories?
I think to know Jesus as Jesus talks about it is the most important thing we should understand and apply that will further our spiritual lives and and grow us in grace, love and truth. I hope that you will join me in thought provoking conversation that may inspire both you and I that we may realize the greater life and joy promised to us.
A fellow traveller on the road of life.
Matthew 7:21–23 New King James Version (NKJV)
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’