What he basically meant is, stop saying you have all truth just because your religious institution says so. That is self-worship. God, if we can talk of such a concept, is equally accessible to and accepting of everyone, and to believe you are more special in the eyes of God is to entirely miss the point.
Again, I left the church because I really cared about understanding God.
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I might suggest that ultimately belief in God is a form of self worship since the god created is a reflection of what a person wants the god to be (usually a reflection of themselves with their own values).
Joseph Campbell was an eye opener for me to understand how humans use mythology.
Ironically, people 100% of the time amazingly find the God that thinks they are the bee's knees. Nobody goes with the God that sees them as less than and likes all the others better. The God who loves you the most is always easy to find.
And if things just aren't going right and its hard to assume your are god's favorite, there is always that verse to cling to, "The last shall be first and the first shall be last."
Better than a God who thinks the believer is perfect is a God who thinks the believer could be perfect but is not. In that situation the believer suffers even as s/he believes s/he is better than everyone else.
It's paradoxical, but most people do at some level feel insecure and even damned; and many desire punishment for their shortcomings. Having those doubts vindicated is also an attractive element and one of the reasons that most gods demand pain from their followers.
In my week-end reading I came across the term "muscular Christianity." A gong went off in my head when I read it but I can't put the reverberations into words. Says a lot though. Something about your words made the phrase surface.
Damnation, punishment, for those who don't agree. And let's make a few laws while we're at it to make sure things are done "our way."