But nobody reads it.

Yes, I guess this level of literal interpretation is a personal decision. Here we get into problems. People interpret things to suit what they want or what a religion has decided to emphasise. We need be cautious. Likeness and image? Metaphorical. We are aspects of god. God does not look like Geraldo. Or “Jesus”. The image we have through the Christian tradition of the white-skinned bearded Jesus is likely untrue. Jesus said his WAY was the way. Not he as a man. The Catholic tradition of trinkets and icons is not what Jesus would have desired – but the Church did and does. See where the path gets distorted? Those who have seen his message and had an epiphany – seen the “Light”, not Jesus himself – is the point. Jesus as the exact image of an invisible god? See above. Study of Jesus and his word is not necessary and indeed leads people along an incorrect path of self-righteousness and delusion. This is why religion has not been successful as a route to the spiritual and the divine and the saviour of mankind over millennia. Jesus would be appalled at the modern state of the world – and religion must hold some accountability. His message was simple and requires no icons or study. It is written in our very hearts. But nobody reads it.

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