The Myth of God Incarnate by Hick

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The Myth of God Incarnate by Hick

Paul neither calls [Jesus] God, nor identifies him anywhere with God. It is true he does God’s work; he is certainly God’s special supernatural agent, who acts because of God’s initiative. But ultimately he is to give up his delegated authority so that God will be all in all [1Cor 115.28f.]. This figure is pre-existent not simply as a kind of divine being…but as the ‘man from heaven’; and his Sonship to God is not expressed in terms of ‘divine nature’, but as the result of divine creation and election on the one hand, and on the other hand, his own perfect obedience in doing God’s work and obeying God’s will.

Indeed, he is the archetypal man and the archetypal Son of God in whom we become sons of God, fellow-heirs with Christ, who will bear the image of the man of heaven…. When Paul wrote: ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,’ he is unlikely to have envisaged a Nicene conclusion. He was expressing graphically that it was God’s saving initiative which had provided this means of salvation:

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself (2 Cor.5. 1 8- 1 9).”

The idea of the Logos [John 1.1] was taken up and developed in a philosophical way by Clement and Origen, and Logos remained the normal title by which reference was made to the pre-existent and incarnate Lord right up to and after the Arian controversy.

The earthly Buddhas are incarnations of the heavenly Buddhas, projections of their life into the stream of this world. But these transcendent Buddhas are ultimately all one in the Dharma Body (Dharmakaya), which is Absolute Reality. Thus Buddhology and christology developed in comparable ways. The human Gautama came to be thought of as the incarnation of a transcendent, pre-existent Buddha as the human Jesus came to be thought of as the incarnation of the pre-existent Logos or divine Son. And in the Mahayana the transcendent Buddha is one with the Absolute as in Christianity the eternal Son is one with God the Father. Thus Gautama was the Dharma (Truth) made flesh, as Jesus was the Word made flesh: indeed the Burmese translation of the New Testament treats Dharma as the equivalent of Logos, so that the opening sentence of St John’s gospel reads (in Burmese) ‘In the beginning was the Dharma…’)


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  1. Bruce Lyon says:

    Hicks says: his figure is pre-existent not simply as a kind of divine being…but as the ‘man from heaven’??? What?

    Jesus pre-existed along with those who are in him in the mind of God before the foundation of the world, or disruption of the ages:

    Ephesians 1: 3-7: Blessed be the God and Father of our lord Jesus (His) anointed one, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in (His) anointed one: According as He has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having marked us out beforehand unto the placement as (His) children by Jesus (His) anointed one to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved. In whom (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His (God’s) grace;…

    Define man from heaven: Jesus was specially created by the Spirit of God in the womb of Mariam and became at that time the son of God as Adam who was specially created of God was also called the son of God. In addition, Jesus was at the time of his beginning became the beginning of God’s New Creation of a New Humanity which includes all who become new creation in His anointed one Jesus. So indeed Jesus could be called a man from heaven due to the fact that he was created by the Spirit of the living God Yehovah.

    Our God exists outside of time and space and he knows the end from the beginning of all things past and future. By his foreknowledge he knows who will reject His call and who will reject His call, and those who He know will accept His call are thus marked out beforehand to become elect ones and future companions of His son Jesus who He also knew from before the foundation of the world: Romans 8:30: whom He foreordained, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. – this verse in it’s entire scope applies to the lord Jesus now and will to us in full when we are resurrected to be with God’s anointed one forever! We are blessed beyond anything that we deserve, in fact we were living lives that deserved the second death until God intervened in our lives and drew us by His Spirit to believe and submit to His rule and the rule of His anointed in our lives even as Jesus said:

    John 6:37: All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

    John 6:44: No man/woman can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day.

    John 6:65: And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

    Amazing Grace has been extended to us by our God and Father through His uniquely begotten son, His anointed one Jesus. All according to His plan that Jesus His son would have companions enjoying with him all that the coming New Age will have to offer! That New Age will come into being when all who are a part of the New Humanity, the New Creation, of which the lord Jesus is the beginning; enter into it, after the White Throne Judgement has taken place and sin and death are cast into the Lake of Fire and destroyed forever!

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