I think this is the coolest paragraph we’ve read so far (or at least one of the coolest):
Here is the extreme paradox. And here is the reason why the earliest Christian language is so filled with tension and energy, as it strives to express how blessing can come through one cursed (Gal 3:6–14), freedom through a slave (Gal 5:1), righteousness through one made sin (2 Cor 5:21), wealth through one made poor (2 Cor 8:9), wisdom through such obvious foolishness (1 Cor 1:25), strength through weakness (2 Cor 13:4), and life for all through one man’s death (Rom 5:12–21). This brings us joy, because if we experience blessing, freedom, righteousness, enrichment, wisdom, power, and life through means so contrary to anything humans could ever conceive, we know we are in the hands of God.
—The Creed, page 167
What does paradox have to do with the Christian experience? Is it that important? Can you think of some passages from Scripture that might communicate this idea of something that doesn’t seem to make sense, but that’s just because we aren’t God? Has mystery played a prominent (or should I ask any?) role in your Christian experience thus far? Also, if paradox is a part of the Christian faith, how do we respond to it? Is it something scary or is it something else?
If you are not a student of mine, you can view this entry for a brief explanation of what I’m doing here.