Here is a brief nugget to chew on from my professor’s most recent book:
“In Hannah (a character in a woody allen movie), the hypochondriac demands absolute certainty in order to believe in God. but Jesus does not. The faith of Jesus is the kind of faith that is able to live with ambiguities of our world rather than to bow to the outdated Gods of modernity that demand certainty without paradox. His faith is a genuine faith because of the cry of abandonment (pg 143, author’s emphasis).”
While from there he gets into his view of the “vicarious Humanity of Christ,” i’m not wanting to explore that yet. I’m curious to see what everyone thinks of this idea. He’s saying that Jesus’ faith was genuine (we have to affirm that if we take his humanity seriously), and he saw no need to figure out paradox. He was able to leave things unexplained, like his unanswered prayers, when the consummation of the age would occur, etc.
Here is the rub: if Jesus showed us what it is like to be truly human, then shouldn’t our faith look like His? If so, does that critique our philosophical/theological work, and if so how? I know some say that we should avoid mystery, but Jesus didn’t seem to.