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reply to post by LittleByLittle
I've heard some others also discussing problems with Paul's teachings, but I have not seen any errors myself.
Would you mind pointing some out? Admittedly, I have not read every verse in the bible. I made sure to give my faith shape based on the testimony about Jesus alone. After doing so, I've not noticed anything that should be wrong with Paul's account. What I find beautiful about the accounting of Paul is that it is so true to the message of faith that Jesus preached.
Jesus did not teach "My way or the highway," because that is what the Law taught. Jesus taught only that we need the desire to help each other to reach Heaven. That is why this is the greatest command, to love each other. Whoever follows the command will be lead to Christ, because without Him, we are hopeless to achieve what we need to save us as a species from ourselves. We can do our best to embody the rule without believing in Him, but we will be lead to believe in Him by His Grace alone, because we are human and we are not capable of such great love on our own. With God's Amazing Grace such love is given to us as a gift to be freely shared with all.
For example: "And you shall make two cherubim of gold [i.e., two gold statues of angels]; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end; of one piece of the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be" (Ex. 25:18–20).
David gave Solomon the plan "for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord. All this he made clear by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all, all the work to be done according to the plan" (1 Chr. 28:18–19). David’s plan for the temple, which the biblical author tells us was "by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all," included statues of angels.
Similarly Ezekiel 41:17–18 describes graven (carved) images in the idealized temple he was shown in a vision, for he writes, "On the walls round about in the inner room and [on] the nave were carved likenesses of cherubim."
I think that the true idol that most Christians are taught to worship isn't Jesus as they claim, but the Cross itself. They believe in the power of the cross more than the power of the unspeakable name of God. They believe that the power that forgives their sins comes through His sacrifice, and not their own. They are not wrong. However, Jesus cannot erase our sins with the Cross, but only with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, Jesus would have been the same as the two thieves he hung beside, or the murderer the Jews set free to have him crucified.
For clarification, just because one may have an icon or statue, that does not by default mean it is worshiped as only God should be worshiped.