ErikLaurence wrote:I think the interesting question then starts to be since we know so little of the historical Jesus is it conceivable that the self proclaimed divinity was a later invention (of Paul and the authors of the gospels) rather than of the historical Jesus himself? We really don't know much and what we do know was passed down by people with an agenda.
Hypothetically, if Jesus was not divine to you still consider him important and worth following? I do.
Of course, He is my God, nonetheless.
The point I was making was that there is more than one path that leads men to God. As diverse as man's personalities, so will be their paths to faith. There are countless mono and polytheistic faiths. I don't believe any based in love are false paths.
For me, the Trinity is a misnomer; Not three Gods as a Unitarian would claim but rather One God, three forms. (I married a Unitarian in a Unitarian Church but I never felt the Trinity represented polytheism, few Christians would).
Some men are capable of highly reasoned and complex thoughts. Some are not. For reasoned strong men, the free thinking path leads them home. For impulsive weak men, the authoritarian path lets them find their way.
Consider the Catholic dogma and their focus on saints and Mary. I find all of it quite unnecessary but who am I to question their love of God? The dangers for men are in rejecting others faiths and beliefs.
Paul, in Corinthians, describes love in many ways. Surely God's love is limitless. Christ often compared the relationship between God and man as that between parent and child. When your five year old child brings home a portrait of you, how is it received?
I cannot help but believe that all faith leads to God.
Ultimately that Jefferson was a Christian or Deist doesn't matter. He was sympathetic to religion as well as faith. He knew that provisions for both were necessary obstacles in the search for human goodness. He expressed that in his work as a Founder.