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In The News: Chocolate Jesus?

ImageI came across a recent article indicating that Catholic churches in Germany were upset because an entrepreneur had begun selling chocolate Jesus figures, covered in gold foil. The picture at right is an actual example of the figure.

I went to the web site advertising the item, and was blown away by some of the reasoning behind selling the product. Note the following quotes from the site:

…In our time, Santa Claus has replaced Jesus for most people. Unfortunately!

From today on, however, “Sweetlord ®” and the “Original Chocolate GoldJesus ®” are being made to change this!…

…Eating Jesus?

The idea to eat Jesus may first appear shocking to some people – but is it really? Apparently, the tradition to include representations of Jesus in dessert preparations – apart from flesh and blood (altar bread and wine) – goes back centuries both in the old and new world. Among the most prominent examples are the American King Cake and the German Christstollen….

…With the production and the distribution of biblical figures, motives and symbols made of chocolate, we aim to recollect the values exemplified and taught by Jesus, we try to do our part in anchoring these values in our society again….

First, it is ironic that the maker believes it important to return Jesus to a place of prominence in the observance of Christmas. Ironic because the Christmas holiday is an invention of men, and the observance of a special day for Christ’s birth has no authority in scripture.

Second, it is amazing how silly men become when they begin to guide themselves in the practice of religion. I mean, chocolate?… Come on!

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

“O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

This is so absurd as to be funny, if not for being such a blasphemous example of the willfulness of men. Will man ever learn to obey the word of his God?