What was the God-Man?

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What was The God-Man?

One of the God-man’s friends, one of his special friends, wrote a book about the God-Man’s life.  It started like this…

“At the Beginning of everything, someone called “The Word” was there, and he was with God, and he was God.”

And a little later the God-Man’s friend wrote…

“And ‘The Word’ became a human person and lived where we live.”

The God-Man’s friends began to work out that the God-Man was God, but also that the God-Man was human as well.  But it wasn’t always as simple as that!

Some of the People of the Way (for that is what the God-Man’s friends had come to be called) began to think very hard about the God-Man and what and who he was.

Some of them decided that the God-Man was God, and that he only looked like he was a man.
Some of them decided that the God-Man was a man, but that God had given him an extra helping of God-Helper.
Some of them decided that the God-Man was half God and half Man, like a picture with one half black and one half white.
Some of them decided that the God-Man was half God and half Man, but the picture was all grey.
Some of them decided that the God-Man was born a man, but became part of God when he came back to life again.

The People who led the People of the Way had another of their big meetings and it decided:

1) That the God-Man was both God and human, brought together in one person
2) That the God-Man was God – and had always been God and was the same as God
3) That the God-Man was human, just like you and me except he never did anything bad.
4) That the two different sides of the God-Man were not confused – you could tell that he was both
5) That the two different sides of the God-Man were not changed in the joining – God was completely God, Man was completely Man, something different wasn’t made from the two halves.
6) That the two different sides of the God-Man were not like a drawing where one part was painted red, for God, and one part painted blue, for Man.  You could not see different bits that were just God or just Man.
7) That the two different sides of the God-Man could not be “taken from together.”*  Once they were joined they were joined for ever and ever.
8) Everything that God could do, the God-Man could choose to do; everything that Man could do, the God-Man could choose to do.

They called this idea of God becoming the God-Man by a long word that sort of means “made into a human”.

*as my Mother’s mother used to say!

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It is strange that when you try to search for a picture using the long word, all you get is pictures of the God-Man as a baby!!!

The story of the Son who went away and came back

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The God-man told lots of stories.  This is one of the best known. It is usually called “The story of the Son who went away and came back.”

There was a man who had two sons.

One day the younger son went to his Father and said, “When you die I will get half of your money! Can I have it now?” (This was a really bad thing to say even then!) The Father said “Yes” and gave the younger son half of everything that he owned.  The younger son went to a far away place and spent the money on parties and stuff like that that only grown-ups should do!

But then the day came when the money ran out and the younger son had nothing left.  He had not had anything to eat for days and he was very sad about this.  He tried to get some work but he couldn’t find anything.

He finally got a job working with some Smelly-Pink-Animals, which was really bad as God’s Chosen People were not allowed to eat or even touch Smelly-Pink-Animals as God had told them they were Bad-Dirt-Filled.  But the man who owned the Smelly-Pink-Animals didn’t give the younger son anything to eat, and he had not eaten for so long that he ate the smelly stuff that he was supposed to feed to the Smelly-Pink-Animals.

He stopped and it was like he woke up from a bad dream and he said to himself, “Even the people who work for my Father have got more to eat than I have.  I will go home and say to my Father ‘I have done bad things to you and to God. I am not good enough to be called your son any more.  Let me work for you.'”

So he set off.

The Father had been very sad when the younger son left and every day he would stand and look down the road to see if the younger son was coming back.  One day the younger son did come down the road and the Father ran very fast to meet him.  The Father was so pleased to see his son. The son said “Father, I have done bad things to you and to God. I am not good enough to be called your son any more.”

But the Father called to the people who worked for him and said “Bring the very best clothes I have and give it to him to wear.  Bring one of my rings and put it on his finger and get some shoes for his feet and kill the Young Animal-that-we-use-to-get-special-white-water-to-drink that we have been feeding a lot so it gets bigger. We are going to have a Party because my son was dead and now he is alive! He was lost and now he is found.”  So the party began.

The older son was out in the fields working when the younger son came back, and when he got home he heard the music and the saw people dancing in the house and he asked one of the people who worked for his Father what was going on.

“Your brother has come back,” he said, “And your Father has killed the young Animal-that-we-use-to-get-special-white-water-to-drink that we have been feeding a lot so it gets bigger.  We are having a party because your brother came home and is safe.”

The older son was very angry about this and would not go into the house.  His Father came out and asked him to come inside but the older son said “I have worked for you as if I was someone you owned and I’ve never said no when you told me to do anything.  And in all that time you have never even given me a young Animal-that-eats-everything for a special party with my friends.  Yet when this person who you call your son comes back after spending all your money on paying-to-do-things-with-women-that-only-married-grown-ups-are-allowed-to-do you have a party and kill the young Animal-that-we-use-to-get-special-white-water-to-drink that we have been feeding a lot so it gets bigger.”

The Father said, “My Son, you are special to me and have always stayed with me.  Everything I own belongs to you.  We had to have a party on this special day, because your brother was dead and has come back to life.  He was lost but now he is found!”

The story of the Son who went away and came back


Find out more about how this was written here.

If you want to read the original version in the Bible its from Luke Chapter 15 and you can read it here.  Once you are on the Bible Gateway website if you click on the little speaker icon on the grey background just above the text you can hear it being read.  Choose David Suchet – it’s a fabulous version of it!

Three is one

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Before the God-Man went back to the place where God lives he told his friends to wait in the Town-where-the-special-place-to-meet-with-God was until he could send them the God-Helper.

The God-Helper came on the special day 50 days after the God-Man came back to life and the God-Man’s friends spoke to people who came from far away places and the people from far away were surprised because the God-man’s friends spoke in the words from the far away places.  The God-Man’s friends began to tell everyone the Good News about the God-Man and soon people who lived in far away places started their own places-to-meet-with-the-God-Man.

The God-Man’s friends and the people they told were called People of the Way.

The People of the Way taught that the God-Man was God’s Son, and that the God-Man taught them about God-Father.  They also knew that the God-Man had sent God-Helper.  This was strange.  A long time ago God has given God’s Chosen People 10 laws and the very first law was that there was only One God. Full Stop.  So how could there be God-Father, God-Man and God-Helper?

Some People of the Way said that there was only one God so God-Man and God-helper were exactly the same as God-Father.  They decided that that was wrong.

Some People of the Way said that only God-Father was God and that God-Man wasn’t quite God.
The man who suggested this got into a lot of trouble.

Some People of the Way said that there were three Gods.
But not many because everyone else said that was wrong.

So after a long time the People who led the People of the Way had a big meeting and decided that there was only one God.  BUT the one God was also three sort-of-people-not-quite-the-same-but-not-quite-different which we call God-Father, God-Man and God-Helper.

The gave it a special name which sort of means “Three-of-them”.  And People of the Way have been trying to get their heads around it ever since.

Today’s People who lead the People of the Way use lots of long words to try and teach people how God can be one and three at the same time, but actually, that’s like trying to teach a fish what fire looks like.  It’s strange and special and its something we can never quite explain.

“Three-of-them” – God-Father, God-Man and God-Helper.  Three is one and one is three. Strange! Nice strange!

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Find out more about how this was written here.

The Story of the God-Man

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God’s Chosen People did not listen to God. He gave them laws but they did not follow them. There were God Truth Speakers who God sent to tell his Chosen People to turn around but they hated the God Truth Speakers and killed them. God promised he would send a Special Truth Speaker. The Special Truth Speaker would change everything.

So the God-Man was born. He was God but he was born as a baby. Animal keepers and Men who studied the sky lights came and gave him gifts. The gifts showed how special he was – that he was God and that he was a Top-People-leader.

When the God-Man grew up he started teaching people about God and making people better when they were sick. He told stories that should have helped God’s Chosen People understand how God does things. But they didn’t believe that the God-Man was God. They said he was telling lies.

The teachers of God’s Chosen People decided that the God-Man was bad, and that he would have to die.

They worked out a plan to get the Helper of the Top-People-Leader-from-far-away who ran the land that God’s Chosen People lived in to take the God-Man and have him killed.
The soldiers of the Top-People-Leader-from-Far-Away put the God-Man on a Cross and he died in a lot of pain.

When he was dead they put his dead body in the ground.

After three days the friends of the God-Man went to where his body had been put and the body had gone. Some of God’s Special Message Speakers came and told the friends of the God-Man that he wasn’t dead any more. Then the God-Man appeared and proved that he wasn’t dead.

He told his friends that he would send a God-Helper and they would tell the whole world the good news that God loved them and that the God-Man had died to make all the bad things go away, and that he was alive again and they could know God as their friend and Father, just like the God-Man did.

One of the God-Man’s friends didn’t see him the first time and was very sad. He said he wanted to see the God-Man for himself. A week later the God-Man came and showed his friend that he was alive. The friend was the first of the God-Man’s friends to call the God-Man “God”.

The God-Man went back to God and sent the God-Helper to his friends and they told the world the Good News of God’s love.

Today the God-Man’s friends believe that he is God. That God came to show us how to be free from the bad thing we do. That on the Cross the God-Man took away the bad-things that we do, and gives us God’s-Good-Things instead. That by dying for us the God-Man stopped death from being able to hold on to us. The God-Man’s Friends believe that one day the God-Man will come back and take all his friends to the place where God is.

The Story of the God-Man


Find out more about how this was written here.

The Thing Explainer

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There is a book called The Thing Explainer written by Randall Munroe.  In it he uses just 1000 different words to explain things like the Space Station, Geology and Human Organs (the squishy bits inside you not instruments in Church!)

It’s wonderful. And what is even more wonderful is that he has designed a web page where you can type something and it will highlight words that AREN’T in that list of 1,000.

As I’ve been thinking about how to use simpler language to tell stories about Jesus and the Christian Faith I decided to take on the challenge of writing theology and Bible stories using Randall Munroe’s list of words.

This part of the blog chronicles my attempts!  Give it a go at xkcd.com/simplewriter.  It’s not as hard as you might think.

If you want to just look at the “Book-that-God-gave-us in Simple Words” posts on the blog, just click on the link in the menu bar just at the top.