Saturday, March 01, 2008

It would be enough

Even if there was no Nicene Creed, I would still be here.
Even if he wasn't of one essence with the Father, I would still be here.
Even if the Bible is not divinely inspired, I would still be here.
Even if there was no Paul, I would still be here.
Even if he didn't rise bodily from the dead, I would still be here.
Even if he didn't bodily ascend into heaven, I would still be here.
Even if he isn't the Only Way, I would still be here.
Even if he didn't walk on water, I would still be here.
Even if he didn't heal anyone, I would still be here.
Even if his mother wasn't a virgin, I would still be here.
Even if he wasn't the Messiah, I would still be here.
Even if he thought he was the Messiah, and was wrong, I would still be here.
Even if he was wrong about a few things, I would still be here.
Even if there was nothing of him but the sermon on the plain, a piece of writing describing a way of life filled with divine love, a way of life so radical and yet so simple. Even if there was only that glimpse of that kind of life, it would still be a life I would want to try to give myself to. It would still impress me enough for me to try to live my life in such a crazy, impractical, romantic, spiritual love-filled way.
It would be enough.

2 Comments:

Blogger Simon said...

This is a very though provoking and challenging post, because it highlights the tension I'm currently struggling with - that if it wasn't for many of the features of Christianity that I have difficulty with, I probably would never have heard of the radical rabbi Yeshua in the first place.

I worry that by rejecting the way Jesus has been brought to me is either completely liberating and empowering - the essence/message remains intact, or is incredibly selfish and 'faithless' by letting my head rule my heart and somehow 'denying God' on intellectual grounds.

I don't really know how to square this circle.

8:53 pm  
Blogger Jaume said...

But who is the focus of the Christian religion? Is he the rebel rabbi from Galilee, or the son of God announced by Paul and the gospel writers? And even more intriguing: if we had first-hand experience of the historical Jesus, would we like him? Or do we prefer to create our own Jesus out of the NT stories?

11:30 pm  

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