I have yet to discover however, how this connection can be positively identified as being with the historical entity who was Christ
I am still trying to get my head around that too. I KNOW there is a god...I am not sure if christ was just a historical figure that people have made an idol of...or....if he in fact was SENT by god.
I still hold back from directly praying to Jesus...because I too do not want to be suckered in to worshiping something that is wrong.
For some reason the thing that still sticks in my mind is the prayer that Jesus gave us when he showed us how to pray..."our father.....etc", but then he also says to ask in His name.
What role does that give Jesus for us? Is he a messenger or a saviour? Do we pray directly to God as he directed or to him?