Jesus is a co-equal manifestation of God’s love. If the Father is just like the Son—that is, if Jesus revealed what God is like—this is the most amazingly good news there could be.
Instead of aiming to reject every pagan influence, let’s keep our focus on Jesus. The radically humble and loving way that God came into this world remains significant. While we should affirm biblical teachings and be grateful for the special revelation God has given us, we should recognize that God shines light on others—even heathen outsiders—who may have something to teach us.
Paul had a life-changing experience—one that breathed new life into his theology. Have you had such an encounter with Jesus? Has it changed your view of who God is?
Which descriptions of the Trinity have you found helpful or lacking? Are you hung up on the number three? Do you find the concept of the Trinity compatible with monotheism, the belief in one God? What is your position on the idea of a triune God?