They say that once a woman near Las Moras made her daughter into a god. A cult grew up around her; her mother would take her around and have her prophecy for money. People would pay just to shake her hand, believing that it would bring them good luck. People followed her around and tuned into the shortwave radios where she would speak. They called her a “little god” because she was said to speak the words that belonged to THE God.
Later, however, the girl’s mother was seen a town, eating shrimp with the money she had gained from her daughter’s fame. She had taken advantage of the situation and manipulated people for gain. Because of this, the cult followers were disappointed and began to lose faith.
How different to think of THE God making his son into a person. He had nothing to gain by doing this. He healed the lame, gave hope to the lost, and forgave the wretched, with no thought to himself. And when he prophesied everything happened just as he said, because he was THE God, made human to save the world.
My heart is grateful for this truth, and hopeful that the Nahuatl will soon see it clearly. Man-made religions will always fail–human solutions will always disappoint. Only God can make a way for us to be at peace with him.