You say that Jesus’s physical qualities were unremarkable so they are not the focus of your worship.
I think you misunderstood me.
The qualities I am talking of are spiritual qualities – selflessness, a willingness to suffer and to die for others – that were contained in a physical body.
To see these qualities and identify them as the qualities of the one you are worshiping is confusing the Ultimate Giver with one of the takers. Any quality, whether physical or spiritual ,that is contained in a physical body can only be a gift from God. When I see a righteous man performing an act of selflessness – my duty as a worshiper of God is to recognize that this man is the recipient of God’s blessing – God blessed him with the courage and the love to do what he did. if I were to point to the righteousness of a man and say – that is the righteousness of the deity that I worship I would be just as much an idolater as if I would point to the beauty of a statue and say that this is the beauty of the deity that I worship.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal