Is Christianity Paradoxical?

I recently happened upon a reference to ‘the many paradoxes of Christianity. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that…and I’ve been thinking on it ever since.

I’m working on a full length post on the topic, but for now, I pose the question to you:

Is Christianity paradoxical?

Update: Here is my full post on the topic.


8 thoughts on “Is Christianity Paradoxical?”

  1. the first thing that comes to mind is death from life, life from death
    if you want your life you will lose it, but if you give your life you will gain it

    thinking something with Paul’s bit in Romans about “what I want to do I do not do and what I don’t want to do I do” might fit too, although it’s not fitting quite so well in my mind at the moment

  2. Yes, absolutely! And I love that. I love that there are things that I can’t explain in my brain, that my heart can only almost get a glimpse of.

  3. I believe that true Christianity is a paradox, as our beliefs seem to defy logic. However, I believe that the average American, who claims Christianity, is generally more of an American and less of a Christian, and thus not very paradoxical within the context of American culture. Looking forward to your fuller post.

  4. About the revealed will- (things contrary to the revealed will happen all the time) Someone once told me that God has a hidden will and a revealed will. Sometimes we are searching for what is revealed, but what is not revealed ( or being contrary to being revealed or being hidden) happen all the time. So what God has chosen for His hidden will happen all the time, we just don’t recognize it as His revealed will. That’s a flexible paradox in itself!!!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are right – it is good to remember that we don’t see the big picture. God may be doing things that we can’t see or that we don’t understand – and we need to trust him in that.

      What I meant by “revealed will”, though, was direct statements in the Bible concerning what God does or does not will. For example, 2 Pet 3:9 says that God is not willing that any should die without repenting and turning to him, but this happens all the time. How can we say that God’s will is always done, when things that are completely contrary to his will occur very often? Is this a paradox we must accept or should we maybe rethink our theology? I don’t expect you to have the answer, but that is the question I was asking.

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