Shrine like a Star

7 Jul

Has it ever struck you as odd how Jesus doesn’t have a shrine? On the surface this might seem a little unfair on the person who has had a bigger impact on humanity than any other.

A quick ‘white water google’ for Christian shrines sent me here to this site, which lists about 200 ‘Christian’ shrines in Britain alone! The world is littered with countless shrines to the virgin Mary be they elaborate altar types in magnificent cathedrals or more humble ‘yard shrines‘ in people homes.

The Baha’i faith has two well known shrines (according to wikipedia) which are the resting places of the twin manifestations of the Bahá’í Faith, the Báb and Baha’ullah. Muslims have differing opinions on the validity of shrines but again, if you ask the right people (Shiah), they have literally hundreds of them scattered across the middle east. Shrines are also common amongst Buddhists and Shinto’s.

You’ll also find shrines to commemorate soldiers lost in wars. There are shrines for all the major wars (and some minor ones too) of the twentieth century in countries all over the world.

So the question still remains, where is Jesus’ shrine? Isn’t it a little unfair that the head of the biggest religion in the world doesn’t have his own shrine? There is of course something that links all the shrines in the world, regardless of religious or national allegiance they all bare one thing in common…they are for dead people.

For someone to have a shrine ‘to them’ they have to be dead. And here we come to the answer to the original question. Jesus isn’t dead. Ergo Eco warrior sum, he doesn’t need nor get a shrine. As Christians we celebrate (and always have) the fact that Jesus is alive. Part of this celebration is NOT setting up a shrine to him.

What’s reasonable about the Christian faith is that in the months and years after Jesus resurrection none of his bereaved followers fancied enshrining his tomb…because he wasn’t dead. JESUS IS RISEN!!!

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4 Responses to “Shrine like a Star”

  1. ammanfordpastor 07/07/2010 at 9:16 am #

    He is Risen Indeed!
    (ooppss…went into my liturgy phase)
    True and good post. Thanks buddy!

    • sammydaviesjr 07/07/2010 at 1:13 pm #

      No need to apologise JT, we all have our liturgies, being aware of them is what’s important!

  2. Saint Jonny 07/07/2010 at 9:49 am #

    Some lady from Wales off of the TV the other day had a shrine to Tom Jones…and then he’s not dead. But Tom Jones is inaccessible whereas Jesus isn’t!

    • sammydaviesjr 07/07/2010 at 1:14 pm #

      There are some weird people out there (especially in Wales!)

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