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Submitted by bperiwinkle (United States), Sep 30, 2006 at 12:15

I can speak of what, or rather Whom I do know...............

"...and yet, Christians seem to see no contradiction in worshipping a man."

Jesus is fully God and fully Man. Several Christian scriptures state this clearly. Jesus accepted worship as recounted in the Gospels. Jesus claimed to be God when He stated, "...before Abraham was, I AM." using the I AM name by which the eternal God identified Himself at the Burning Bush before Moses.
In Isaiah 48:16, the Triune nature of God is clearly stated.... Those are a few reasons why we worship the Son, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father, and His Spirit.

"See nothing problematic in kneeling before the Rood, or making as their symbol a instrument of torture (i.e. the crucifix)"

The reason for the acceptance of the Cross is that Christians recognize what the Bible states, "...there is none who does good."
We embrace God's conviction of Humanity and recognize our need for a Saviour who was sinless and willingly paid the penalty for our sins. God was reconciling the world to Himself so that Justice would be satified, that sin would not go unpunished, and that He might have Mercy on us and we would live. Because Jesus was sinless, He couldn't remain dead, but rose again after 3 days and appeared to many before He returned to the Father. We embrace the concept stated in the Bible, "...it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." We embrace the concept that our Hope, which is assurance, is in our Perfect Saviour, and that we have approval from God because of Him, Jesus.

"And completely ignore the pagan roots of ideas about messiah like figures being born to a young virgins. (An idea that doesn't come into being, to my knowledge until the Council of Nicea and which rests on a misreading of the Hebrew in Isaiah)."

Regarding the above, I can assure you that a young maiden in Hebrew culture of that time would of necessity be a Virgin, or she would be called a much different name. Many Jews, who made up the majority of the early Church, recognized their Messiah, because of these scriptures about the Virgin birth, as well a many other scriptures pertaining to His birth, life, death and resurrection. We look for His Return because of the same reason.

Since you may not be interested in Theology, I'll Conclude. Your objection that your beliefs are misprepresented receive my sympathy.

Submitting....

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