I don’t want to make this a long post because I think this is a simple fact.
The mouths of so many christians are filled with the praise of Jesus. Their songs are about him. The words are about him. So much of their teaching is about him. So many christians know their “new testament” much better than the old one. I remember, after having left the notion of Jesus being messiah, going through the song book of my old church, trying to pick out a song that focused on the identity they know as “the Father,” the one who they believe sent their messiah-figure. Out of maybe 400 songs, there were probably only two or three where “God the Father” was the main emphasis.
Think about the way so many of them pray; they need to end their prayers with “in the name of Jesus.” I remember, with pain, hearing so many prayers directed to Jesus, or with the person praying swapping between Jesus and God as they pray. “Oh Jesus, in your name I’m praying …. And God, please make a way! And we call on your name …” It’s like a confusion! No, it is confusion. Whether they pray to Jesus, or think they have to pray through Jesus to get to God, it has diluted the pure worship spoken of in the Jewish Bible. Where the Psalmist says that God is near to all who all up on Him in truth, the christian interjects and says no one can come to the Father unless there’s a middle man.
In the Jewish Bible, the person who revered God didn’t need a priest or a prophet to call on God. In the christian testament, and in the lives of its devotees, some other person is inextricably attached to the worshipper to get any communication with God.
What makes much of christianity idolatry is their praise of someone other than God: a man. What makes much of christianity idolatry is their emphasis and focus on the Jesus-character and not on the person who they claim is the one who sent him. God commanded Israel, “You shall have no other god in front of me.” Yet christianity puts the man Jesus between themselves and God in their devotion, worship and prayer. Their so-called “mediator” becomes the divider.
Someone once said that christianity was a great stumbling block, causing so much of the world to err in serving a god other than the true God, the Creator. That person’s words have been justified.