I watched this video today, and it got me thinking a bit more about this really strange idea of a personal relationship with Jesus, which seems to have come from the Baptists or something similar.
Isn’t this such a daft idea? For a start, ‘relationship’ normally implies a 2-way street and Jesus doesn’t seem to be holding up his end of the bargain, which I suppose is a good thing. If you want to talk to God that’s fine, but if he starts talking back, we’ve got a name for that and it’s schizophrenia. And some people take this ‘relationship’ to a whole different, sexual level. Obviously most Christians don’t say they literally hear God speaking to them, it’s more like a feeling inside, or you just know what the right thing to do is, as it says in Romans 2. But isn’t it strange that God seems to be telling different people different things, and surprisingly enough, God seems to agree with what each of them think. On the other hand, there are instances where “God” is just clearly wrong, like the recent videos by creationist NephilimFree where he claims God is spreading the word through him and yet he’s making claims that we know aren’t true. God is clearly just in these people’s minds.
But there are other ways of looking at the personal relationship with Jesus. It’s completely unsolicited. Imagine if you got a letter from someone who said he loved you, but you’d never heard of him, and he also said that if you didn’t love him back, then he’d torture you. Is this a desirable relationship to have? It’s like having a stalker!
Other times, when I hear people talking about God, they sound like an abused wife or something. Especially if they’re talking about the problem of evil, and they say “well we turned away from God, we did something wrong” or they’ll say that we all deserve to go to hell but it’s only this relationship with God that’s stopping it happening for them, they sound like a beaten housewife making excuses for her husband! Some will even go so far as to say that God created us, so God has the right to do what he wants with us or that God is so powerful that he has the right to do what he wants, what kind of a relationship is that?! Never mind that’s it’s a broken and immoral system, never mind that God’s making people suffer with natural disasters, never mind that God fucking around with our lives is about as dickish as me abusing a small animal.
Who the hell would want a relationship with God? Especially if the Bible is anything to go by, he’s inconsistent, he supports slavery and human sacrifice, he’s jealous, he’s homophobic, he’s petty, he has impossible standards to live up to… the list goes on. Even if I could see God, I wouldn’t want to be in a relationship with him.
Bit of a ramble.