Monday, 21 February 2011
One of the questions discussed on Sunday, in BBC1's The Big Questions, was 'If Jesus returned today, would he be a Catholic?' Of course, this tangled my mind in several different, complex knots. I couldn't help thinking that I don't remember him ever denouncing his Judaism. He'd be a Jew, of course, as he was when he died. But to 'be a Catholic' would imply that Jesus would have to worship himself (which would make him a Christian, and a very egotistical one). Of course, he is also one third of the Triune God ('Heretic!' I hear you say, only because it's fun to shout 'Heretic!' whenever anyone tries to make a statement about the Trinity); so perhaps he could worship himself, if he wanted to. But he didn't. He doesn't. Does he? Anyway, I suspect that the question the programme was really asking is 'If Jesus came back today, would he support the Roman Catholic hierarchy and, of course, papal authority?' Well, as a born-and-bred Evangelical (now very much post-Evangelical), I wonder whether Jesus would support any of the Church's hierarchies, systems or constructs at all, whether Catholic or Protestant (because of course, every Church denomination is pretty good at setting up its own, and berating everyone else's). Like Sunday morning TV, I'm not going to make any attempts whatsoever to answer the question; I've lived with it for several years now, so you could say it's part of the furniture.