Thursday, March 27, 2008

Taking Christ out of Christianity

Globe and Mail Article
That triumphal barnburner of an Easter hymn, Jesus Christ Has Risen Today – Hallelujah, this morning will rock the walls of Toronto's West Hill United Church as it will in most Christian churches across the country.

But at West Hill on the faith's holiest day, it will be done with a huge difference. The words “Jesus Christ” will be excised from what the congregation sings and replaced with “Glorious hope.

Thus, it will be hope that is declared to be resurrected – an expression of renewal of optimism and the human spirit – but not Jesus, contrary to Christianity's central tenet about the return to life on Easter morning of the crucified divine son of God.

Generally speaking, no divine anybody makes an appearance in West Hill's Sunday service liturgy.

I really don't get it. Why do they bother to call themselves Christians? They can believe whatever they want but to be a Christian means you are a follower of Jesus Christ. If they don't believe that he is God, they should drop the facade.

1 comment:

hogsman said...

Amen