By: Adrian Gibb
Hello again everyone,
Often people ask me how I can be so passionate about the unique place that I believe Jesus holds in our collective history but still hold to a pluralistic mindset. I have, over the years, realized that a possible answer to this question, or at least a tantalizing opportunity to reflect on it, can be found in what I call The Trinitarian Paradox!
Like many Christians, the doctrine of the Trinity has been to me, at times, confusing and contradictory. I would say, gladly, that one can be a Christian and NOT be a Trinitarian. But for me, the Trinity is something I accept in this sense, I believe that when Jesus walked the earth he did so as a reflection of, or a revelation of, the limitless Divine. The Divine showed his/her/it's face then, so I accept that whatever the limitless Divine is, Jesus is part of that make-up. Once this acceptance is made, that Jesus and the limitless Divine are inexorably linked, then one reaches the conclusion, well at least I do, that WHENEVER the limitless Divine has revealed itself throughout the history of humankind, in whatever form and to whatever degree, then Jesus, too, was so revealed. A pluralistic outlook follows on from this for me. Each and every faith, each like the blind man reaching out and touching the famous Brahmic elephant, is interpreting and developing a faith to reflect their truth of their encounter with the Divine, yes, but also their encounter with Jesus.
So is this a possible paradox? If you are Trinitarian then you must accept that, if the Divine has revealed itself to all people, then Jesus has been revealed too. Exclusivists would then argue that all humakind has an obligation then to be an adherent of the Christian Church. But this Church is a faith built up around the figure of Jesus. The paradox then is this, all faiths, as reflections of a Trintarian Divine, are, in a way, followers of Jesus!
This is how I can hold that Jesus was the ultimate revelation of the Divine, but that every faith's truth should be as respected and validated as the Christian Church.
What do you think? Does the Trinitarian Paradox exist?