break up with Jesus
Looking back it was hard to distinguish from a kind of relationship with myself. I never actually heard a voice with my ears, just as I never saw my invisible friend with my eyes. I am trying not to caricature the situation, just to see it clearly.
From an interesting article, “Jesus and me broke up*”
I can echo the sentiments of losing belief in a relationship with Jesus the way the author describes. As such it is something of a critique of modern evangelical Christianity. In a similar way to how people can view Jesus as a mirror of themselves, people can experience a relationship with Jesus which is actually a relationship with themselves. Even within evangelicalism you will hear warnings of “creating God in our own image,” meaning understanding God as who we want him to be rather than, “who he really is.”
The author goes on to describe his experience with a more “liturgical” faith, alluding to a different kind of direction for followers of Jesus (“liturgy” meaning “a standardized order of events observed during a religious service, be it a sacramental service or a service of public prayer.” per Wikipedia).
I’ll admit to finding the latter kind of relationship far more attractive than the former. I often read more liturgical Christians (eg., Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal), stating that evangelicals have lost something by leaving liturgy behind. I think evangelicals are trying to strip away what they see as meaningless and empty tradition, but some will question what is left at that point.
HT: Ben Myers