The basics of our faith are fairly obvious, but the models and explanations we have made to deem what we have difficulty comprehending have often made things harder. A fair amount of theology is but speculation, and moss speculation is wish fulfillment. As if God was a Mary Sue of our own imagination. He is far more than that.
There is no higher knowledge. There is no mystery we can comprehend. There is but the mercy of God, shown in the life of Christ, and his death, not for his wrongdoing, but for ours.
Nicholas Taleb has repeatedly stated in his many writings that an over-complication of argument is merely a thickly disguised manner of coating bullshit in a veneer of silk. The more confusing the words, the less is actually being said and the more dishonest the interlocutor.
We try to fit him into a model of what we think God is, at our peril. God can use the sworn enemies of his people to prophesy. It was not merely King Saul with the prophets, but Caiaphas.
Yes, they were the enemies of Truth, and God. They were evil. They chose this and then justified it.
One thing I have learned in 2020 is that there are not many of Us – and nearly everybody is on-the-side-of Them. The ratio of Us/Them turns out to be a very small fraction – and much smaller than I had previously realised.
In other words, They are the servants of Satan, and almost everybody (and apparently All leaders) is on Their side.
I can see from the way that people talk and write that this fact is not generally recognised among Us. The reason is a failure to recognise that evil is about Taking Sides. Being evil means being on the wrong side in the spiritual war; being on the side of Satan – and many/ most nice/ altruistic/ kind people have chosen to take Satan’s side.
Caiaphas is not seeing the spiritual, though he was the high priest chosen that year. He is seeing politics, how to appease the Romans. If he needs someone dead pour encourager les autres he will do so. Particularly if that man appears to be a prophet, or far worse, the Messiah.
Because when the king returns the steward of the King loses power.
45 Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done.
47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” 51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples.
55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.
Th means of politicians are the tools of power itself: force, violence and fear. One does not pay taxes joyfully, but because if one does not the crown will require you do so: this is why tax evasion is generally seen as akin to assault or armed robbery. The state is jealous of its rights.
After the Macedonian restoration, the rulers of Israel were the priests. This theocracy lead to a corruption of the priesthood where power became the goal, not the service of the living God. Unaccepted by Caiaphas, he and damned God incarnate to die for the antion of Israel — and as John notes, not just for the lost of that nation, but for all of us.
The Maccabean Theocracy and the Sanhedrin did not survive the invasion of Titus. But The very Christ they killed because they feared his power and authority would suffice to destroy this ephemeral republic will indeed reign for time undending.
And it is by his suffering we are healed. If you think you understand that, you are a fool. The limits of our theology should be set by what God has revealed to us, for our assurance and understanding. His nature is beyond our comprehension, and his mercy more so.
And all we are left with is to bend the knee in worship, thanking him for his redemption of us, and the hope e have that as he lives, so shall we become.