So, I’ve been pondering.
Ancient religions thinking (which still exists today) thought of God as an earthly monarch seated on his throne with people going in and out of his presence in fear and trembling. They thought of humans relating to God as a vertical authority – Master over servant, Ruler over subject, Strong over the weak.
But if Jesus was really like God as Hebrews says, we see a totally different reality – a supremely human God. The people who came under the influence of Jesus were moved to believe in a God who was with them, in them and for them, to heal, forgive and inspire them to face life with new hope and courage. Corrupt tax collectors, callous Roman soldiers, marginalized prostitutes, outcast lepers, all were made to feel that God was their accepting, loving friend.
What if being human is inherently supernatural… or divine… or God-like?
The scriptures say that God is the source of our being. If God is spirit, we know that God cannot be contained by the limitations of our physical body. But what about our humanity (contents) that fills our physical body (container)? God must be the source of our humanity, for what else could it mean that God is the source of our being?
It follows then that God must be supremely human. God must have consciousness like us, only supremely more. God must be free like us, only supremely more. God must be loving as we are, only supremely more. He must be committed to on-the-same-level (non-vertical, non-coercive) relationships like we are, only supremely more.
Supremely human means that God is not only the source of our humanity, but that God is more human than we are. God is more loving, compassionate, kind, caring, just or anything else we recognize as being human. God is more sensitive to our rights to be free and human than we could possibly imagine. There is no imposed authority, no encroachment of our individuality, no interfering with our rights to make decisions even if they be wrong ones. Won’t God be the first to respect his image and likeness in us?
If God is supremely human, what does being supremely human look like? Answer -> Jesus. Jesus clearly taught that the presence and potential of his reality/kingdom and way of being in the world was also inside of us. I think this might be the key to his statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
We sometimes think that God rejects us because we are human. But if this is so God would be rejecting himself. It is true that we, to whatever degree, fall short of the kind of humanity God is, and that Jesus expressed in a physical body in the physical world. But becoming all of who we are is a journey for everyone. The scriptures even said of Jesus, “And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.”
Our sacred calling is to become and be all of who we already are. We thought the goal was somehow to become more divine when all along it has been to become more human.
– Jim Palmer, Notes From (over) The Edge