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On Jesus

Updated: Jan 16

Perhaps one of the things that in the near future and even today could even sound revolutionary is the affirmation of Jesus in the traditional interpretation that most of the churches grant to him which consists on conceiving him as the archetype of Christ. In today's world such affirmation has been more and more challenged as a result of trends such as the secularization of modern society, cultural relativism, science, self improvement and the growing antagonistic views towards all type of institutionalized religions, and traditional structures. However, against all these popular trends, there are full communities, and individuals for whom the conception of Jesus continues to be linked to the one proposed in the Gospels, Jesus as an extension of God itself, as his son and as the only conciliatory bridge between God and man.

It is undeniable that Christianity posses an exclusive premise; better expressed in Jesus Christ’s phrase "Nobody comes to God but through me”. Such statement might perhaps imply that turning away from Christ and his message could simply mean skipping man’s only chance to a purposeful life in accordance with God's plan and forgiveness. Such interpretation is without a doubt a cause of the many antagonistic views towards Christians from other religions as it grants the figure of Christ the highest hierarchical place; God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit conceived as a whole and as the only God creator of everything.

The mere theological explanation of the concept of the Trinity is in itself unbelievably complex and something that ultimately requires a huge dose of faith and escapes from any possible rational explanation, as most of the other religions claims as well. In reality, all the religions of the world, and their corresponding literatures (including the Bible), if they have them, can really sound like science fiction books in themselves.

However, in the light of the human history and the history of religions there isn't any other message as realistic and at the same time as hopeful as the one proposed by Christian faith. In one side, recognizing the cyclical human inability to put aside the problem of sin through human efforts, rituals, religiosity, ascetic discipline, or the arrival of enlightened figures throughout history. We are indeed hopeless and masters of disappointment, and evil! In this context, the notion of a Christ redeemer sounds more convincing ; arguing that it is only through "a gift" that humanity could achieve any sort of redemption, placing 'Grace' as a crucial concept of its theology. Thus, Christ and his sacrifice are presented to us as such gift that enables us to be redeemed or forgiven.

Being that spirituality is an innate human trait, it would be illogic to think that other religious or spiritual beliefs in the world are completely false and distant from God. On the contrary, It is not by coincidence that most religions in the world share common aspirations such as the encouragement of ethical acts, charity, love and a wide array of transcendental spiritual experiences. All of us are dealing in one way or another with our spirituality. I do believe we all have a dialogue with our creator (even if we don't realize it), and for sure our own personal spiritual journey. Perhaps such reality should invite us to humble ourselves in the presence of one another and most importantly in the presence of the sacred, God and its mystery. Hence, the mystery of God, should be highlighted and celebrated in such a way that can unite us in the mist of our ignorance, our fallible nature; as we coexist in the multiplicity of spiritual beliefs and scriptural interpretations, which are plenty in just one religion alone as we all know; another proof of the complexity of the matter.

Oliver Delgado 2008


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