You’ve heard it
Maybe you thought it or said it yourself: God is a crutch. Man invented God because man needs a God. You need something to lean on because you can’t handle life.
The moral is that strong, well-adjusted people don’t need crutches.
Is food a crutch?
Jesus says just like food is necessary for physical life, so he is necessary for eternal life. No food, no life. No Jesus, no Life.
Is food an invention of man in his weakness and if only you were strong and well-adjusted you wouldn’t need to eat?
If you argued that food doesn’t really exist, and neither does physical life, what would people think? Would they think you were a kook?
Jesus doesn’t say food is a crutch or that physical life isn’t real, but he does argue in John 6 that eternal/spiritual life is more real than physical life; that the eternal impacts the physical every day.
And not only does he put the priority on the spiritual over the physical, he says he is the center and source of that eternal life. I don’t know if they thought he was a kook, but after that, everybody went the other way.
Maybe you could say that pretending that the physical is all there is, is a crutch
You know, something to lean on because you can’t handle the truth.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail – John 6.63
At Christmas, the spiritual became physical, so that the physical could become spiritual.