The conference at Nycea, Rome, three centuries after Jesus’ birth, brought an end to all debates around Jesus’ divinity for Christians. It was there that God was declared a “tri-unity” or a “trinity.” The creed declares God to possess three distinct personalities or modes, namely the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. This creed now forms the basis of almost all Christian churches. No amount of objection to the unfathomability of this claim seems to deter Christians from this creed. Instead, strange analogies are used to try to justify the belief. One of these analogies is the Triangle, which is said to possess three angles, yet constituting one triangle. This analogy is weak since not only is each angle not a triangle, but each angle, though connected to form a whole triangle, is a distinct component of the whole, without which the whole would not exist. Now the analogy becomes more difficult when applied to a personality. How do three minds merge into one? What about the will contained in each mind. Does God the Father’s will override the Son’s will? When Jesus, spoke from the cross the words “My Lord why have You forsaken me…”, there must have been two wills in operation, namely that of the son, expressing a need for help, and that of the Father with the will to grant or refuse the request.
I wish to present a better understanding of Jesus’ role in respect to God and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the medium through which the word or the will of God was transferred to mankind. That makes Jesus an agent or a messenger or a medium to relate to mankind the divine message of salvation. God is the principal and Jesus the agent. In law, the agent represents the principal in all but body. Jesus had the responsibility to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. In that Kingdom, Jesus, as the messenger and the agent of God, was going to rightfully occupy the highest earthly position of authority. The will of Jesus, as a noble and pure soul, is perfectly aligned to the will of God; not the reverse! If we claim that God’s will is aligned to Jesus’ will, then we call for the absurd, namely that the infinite must be aligned to the finite. After all Jesus, by calling for God the Father’s help on the cross represents the finite will.
Jesus therefore represents the spirit, the will, the wishes and the word of the Father within the finite earthly context. He becomes the Father, not literally, but in will. In the Islamic traditions of the Prophet, the following words are said to uttered by God: ‘And when I love My servant I become his hearing with which he hears, his eyes with which he sees, his hands with which he touches and his feet with which he walks’. This can definitely be applied to Jesus. But this does not make Jesus God, only Godly. Jesus does not become an object of worship, because God still remains the principal in command of him. An analogy would be a person who is handed a retirement cheque of $1 million by DHL. Certainly he does not thank DHL for the money . Yes he can thank DHL for the physical effort to deliver the cheque, but not for the great bounty of a million dollars.
To summarise: Jesus represents the spirit, the word and the wishes of God the Father. To disobey the Son is to disobey the Father. To honour the Son, is to honour the Father. But only God Almighty is ultimately the one and only almighty creator, nourisher and sustainer of the world, not Jesus. And saying that does not dishonour Jesus. In fact to raise Jesus to the station of God, would be similar to a presidential spokesman being called Mr President! The spokesman as well as his principal, the president will be offended if you get the titles mixed up!