“A Comment on Prayer to Jesus, 9-25-20,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
Fellow Christians and non-Christians alike and you of all faiths, ideas, thoughts and perceptions, I welcome you in this short discussion of who I pray to when I pray. I have been told that we all pray to the same god. This is obviously incorrect and a false hood since Hinduism is a system thousands of gods and goddesses represented in stone images often with sexual attributes. Moreover, Buddhism envisages a passage into non-material nothingness. So much as I respect these religious systems, I find I cannot pray to these gods and non-material beings. I pray to Jesus because he in becoming human and taking on human form enables me in his humanity in which he has reached down to me to establish a relationship formed on the basis of love. We cannot love or establish a relationship with a stone graven image or images or with the prospect of receding into nonmaterial being and nothingness. In God, in taking on humanity, he allows to pray and to come him in prayer He comes to us and enables us because of his humanity to have a relationship of love and friendship. Jesus, for all of us, is love and because of his humanity we become one with him in love and friendship. Jesus is not far removed and not a distant spirit but one who in his death on the cross showed and revealed his great love and in prayer he continues to do so. Prayer to Jesus is a prayer to one who can and does love us since in his humanity he has become one with us and we when we pray to him become one with this god who in his full humanity understands us fully and completely and so can truly love us and we him.