As It Is Written . . .

God the Father

by Patrick Henry Reardon

When we Christians profess that Jesus is God's eternal Son, when we affirm that he came to us from God, it is important that we do not misidentify the God who sent him. Jesus is not the Son of a general, universally recognized, non-descript and conventional, all-purpose divinity. The God who sent Jesus is neither the Brahmin of the Hindus nor the Allah of the Muslims (who, let us remember, claimed not to have a Son).

Likewise, the God proclaimed and made known in Jesus is neither Aristotle's primum movens—the Unmoved Mover—nor "the One" of the Neo-Platonists. There is not the slightest resemblance between to Hen . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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