The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
experience. A resolution of the challenge was had, in AD 325 it seems, mainly by force
of arms in support of apostolic authority, ra ther than superior logic alone.
However, the logic supporting the view of the challengers, that the co-equal parts was
a later interpretation overlaying the original teachings, and not original doctrine seemed
to have not convinced the majority of the cle rics who decided the issue.
Were they aware of the -Trinity of threes, | the three crosses, three among his last
words -it is finished, | and the three days of the resurrection, that I presented in the
previous chapter? Or were they given a gift of insight into this matter that might have
taken some time to fully understand, promulgate and accept?
In AD 325, it was proclaimed again that God was the Father, Jesus was the Son, and
the Holy Spirit was just what it was, a combination of the complex -Wisdom of the
Father, | and the physical reality that the Son experienced in this world. As I understand
it, this relationship was declared to be co-equal largely to escape the problem of the
competition to place greater emphasis on one over the others, as human natur e seems to
insist on prioritizing the importance of information.
Imperial triumvirates seemed to have been prone to this kind of competitiveness,
including Constantine‘s, which led to his victory over two other co-equal partners. These
kinds of arrangements have almost always created a competition that destroyed the very
unity desired because of that need to seek superiority.
The combined expertise of both Father and Son, in the form of the Holy Spirit, was
made available to the followers to make up for whatever they lacked, to carry on the
mission assigned to them, following the crucifixion of Jesus.
He never taught that he was the co-equal of his Father, but that he was here to -do the
bidding of my Father. |
But, was it necessary or even desirable, in God‘s view, for the parts to be equal, to do
what was required of them? What does the Bible say?
In the little that has been mentioned, mainly in apocryphal works, about his early life,
there was nothing that would have forced those around Jesus to acknowledge such a vast
difference between him and all others as to have circumstantially revealed his Godly
qualities. He was even raised in a carpenter‘s family where expectations would have been
much lower than an elite family atmosphere, and still, was only seen to be unusually
knowledgeable of scriptural prophesy, by some, or maybe more correctly, many of those
On the occasion of a warning to his mother, as it has been recorded in the Bible, it
didn‘t take much to keep his real identity secret.
-For my time has not yet come, | he is said to have told his mother.
Then, after he did declare himself in his hometown, all were not forced by their
intimate knowledge of his activities into a belief of his assertions.
-Isn‘t this the carpenter‘s son? | was asked by some or, -Can anything good come out
of Nazareth? | was the mocking interrogatory of others. Even his younger brothers
remained unconvinced for some time in the beginning part of his ministry.
When he was at the height of his ministry, the best and brightest of the priestly class
around him saw him more as a danger to their position, than their belief.
And of those who were convinced, many could offer only suspicions of their
conviction. His reference to himself on occasion as the Son of Man might be seen as a
corroboration of his at least partly manly inheritance.