It is the belief of the non-Christian that God would not or could not become man. Major non-Christian religions like Judaism and Islam proclaim the greatness and power of God and the humble lowliness, by comparison, of man. But the Christian faith is built upon the contradiction of many opposites. The Christian believes in the greatness and power of God, and he believes in the humble lowliness of man, but he also believes that the great God became a lowly man.
In all the religions the crux of their existence is the relationship of man to God and vice versa. That’s what religion is about: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity each try to define, nurture, and guide man in his relationship with the one great God. That’s what we do from our side.
On God’s side there is no religion!We believe He is concerned with and involved in a relationship with mankind – at the very least to the extent that through messengers, prophets and evangelists guidelines in writing have been left for us to refer to. These scriptural accounts, be they Bible, Torah, or Koran give history and steer the future of this relationship. If God is as concerned with us as all these accountsindicate why would He not do even the outlandish thing of becoming one of us? The greatness of God to accomplish this would not be denied by any of the great religions. But perhaps the non-Christian perception of man is so lowly that they cannot begin to conceive that God would ever so lower Himself.
If we are the image and likeness of the God who is the essence and ground of our being, why is it such a stretch to imagine Him taking on the humanity for which He is the fount? In none of the major religions is love more of a fundamental element than in Christianity – and this is the key. If, on both sides, the relationship is all about love (God for us and us for God) then, because of His greatness He will never be outdone in love for us. You, Jesus, are proof of that!