Collective spiritual truths handed down through the ages are the basis of wisdom for individuals and societies. Without them we’re lost. Of course Christianity isn’t the only player on the field. But it’s the central player for one third of the world’s population. And it has an extraordinary place within the larger vision of God.

The Jesus Paradox is The Alexandrian Mystics’ theological beacon. The point isn’t to get fixated on the beacon, but to glance at it periodically, which protects our vessel from destruction. The beacon or lighthouse doesn’t pretend to create the light, only to channel it usefully to save lives form the perils of the open sea — from the coral reef on the one side and the sand bar on the other.

Our current definition, interpretation, and understanding of Jesus is unbalanced, as is sadly apparent in the fragmentation of the global church, with its various camps. To remedy this situation I pray that mainline churches keep their sights on the Jesus Paradox of the mystics.

On the surface Christianity doesn’t seem to be about balance. I disagree. We balance the Divinity with the humanity, the love of God with the love of neighbor, responsibility with intimacy. We balance the Creator with the creature, the infinite with the finite, eternity with time, and revelation with reason.

In other words the Jesus Paradox is the ultimate balancing act, helping us to navigate all the other binaries and creative tensions along the way.