Of course, he's not! The word "Christian" refers to Christ's followers -- not to Jesus -- and it has alwaysclashed with trendy cultures. Even when
'the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch"
(Acts 11:26),that word was a derogatory label used by enemies of the Church. But that didn't keep faithful Christiansfrom joyfully claiming that name and sharing His Word!.
Reimagining the Trinity
opens in the context of tragedy. Four years have passed since the cruel murder of Missy,Mack's precious six-year-old daughter. Enveloped in grief, he receives a strange invitation. "I've missedyou," it says. "I'll be at the shack next weekend if you want to get together. Papa." What could it mean?
Doubtful, but drawn to the meeting, Mack heads for the Oregon wilderness and finds the dilapidated oldshack. "God" miraculously transforms it into a cozy cottage, and Mack meets his supposed maker:
"...the door flew open, and he was looking directly into the face of a large beaming African-Americanwoman. Instinctively he jumped back, but he was too slow. With speed that belied her size, she crossedthe distance between them and engulfed him in her arms...."
"Just as she turned... a small, distinctly Asian woman merged from behind her.... He then glanced pasther and notices that a third person had emerged... a man. He appeared Middle Eastern."
"When they finally stopped giggling, the large woman... said, 'Okay, we know who you are, but we shouldprobably introduce ourselves to you. ...you could call me what Nan [Mack's wife] does: Papa.'...
“'And I,' interrupted the man, who looked to be about in his thirties.... 'I am Hebrew....'
“Mack was suddenly staggered by his own realization. “Then, you are....”
"Mack stood dumbfounded.... Just as he was about to crumple to his knees, the Asian woman steppedcloser and deflected his attention. 'And I am Sarayu [the Holy Spirit, Creativity].' she said..."Thoughts tumbled over each other as Mack struggled to figure out what to do.... Since there werethree of them, maybe this was a Trinity sort of thing.... 'Then,' Mack struggled to ask, 'which one of you is
“'I am,’ said all three in unison.'"
Their ongoing dialogues reinforce this new view of God. They immerse Mack in spiritual re-education,for
each comment contradicts his previous understanding of God. For example, this new "Jesus" neverreturned to heaven. Was there no real resurrection? Not according to the female "God":
“Although by nature he is fully God, Jesus
fully human and lives as such. While never losing the innateability to
[which he demonstrates in the book], he chooses moment-by-moment to remain grounded.That is why his name is Immanuel, God with us...."
tells us that Jesus
return to His heaven after His crucifixion. Besides, neither God ourFather nor the Holy Spirit made themselves finite or visible to man.
"No one has seen God at any time,"
said the true Jesus.
Yet, here we see
in human form -- on earth! "God" explains:
"'By nature I am completely unlimited... I live in a state of perpetual satisfaction as my normal state of
existence:’ she said, quite pleased. 'Just one of the perks of Me being Me.’
"That made Mack smile. This lady was fully enjoying herself...
“We created you to share in that. But then Adam chose to go it on his own, as we knew he would, and
everything got messed up. But instead of scrapping the whole Creation
rolled up our sleeves and
entered into the middle of the mess
—that’s what we ha
ve done in Jesus.... When
spokeourself into human existence as the Son of God,
became fully human
. We also chose to embrace allthe limitations that this entailed. ...
flesh and blood