I just received this comment from my fellow blogger, Charles Kinnaird, over at Not Dark Yet. I’d like to share it with you.
Rather than pointing out that you are “treading on dangerous ground,” I will say that you are getting close to the good news of Christ (which some will find heretical). A few years ago, I dared to tread this ground myself when I did a piece on my blog about Trinity Sunday. Here is an excerpt which I think is in the same general ballpark as your reflections:
“I have an idea about why Christian culture has latched onto the concept of Trinity. The key affirmation in declaring that Jesus the human was also divine lies at the heart of the idea that should be truly good news. The good news that came into consciousness is that humanity shares in the very nature of God. The good news is not just that “God became man (human).” The flip side is that in the person of Jesus we were able to realize that there is something divine about humanity.
“I realize that these are heretical-sounding words. Meister Eckhart was declared a heretic because of his views on the union of humanity with the godhead. Church authority relied very much on the sin of human nature creating a chasm between us and God, allowing for adequate political control over the masses. Eckhart, however, saw that the good news of Christ really was good news, not condemnation.
“So even though we as a people have never been able to say it out loud, when the Church created the doctrine of the Trinity, the people were acknowledging on some level that there is something truly divine about being human. We could say it about one human, Jesus, but we have some trepidation about saying that the very being of God lies within us as well. This is in spite of the fact that Jesus himself pointed to that reality of God-within-us.”
I do think you are coming from a more orthodox position than I, because you are seeing the redeemed of the church as partakers of the divine, whereas I dare to say that humanity itself shares in the divine nature. Then again, I prefer to approach theology and spirituality more form a poetic viewpoint.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts – I like the idea of a Bible-thumping liberal.
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I believe in the divine potential. When God breathed life into Adam, God’s breath was the potential for divinity, somewhat akin to a seed planted in the ground. The seed does not have life. The seed contains everything for potential life. If the seed dies in the ground, it rots and fails to achieve its potential. The divine finds fulfillment in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Those who have received Christ ‘have done the will of the Father’ and are immediately “filled” with the Holy Spirit. Those who refuse, still lie in wait in the darkness. As God cannot reject himself, He can neither reject those filled with His divine Spirit. Those who refuse Christ? Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”