Elton Trueblood would be a great name for a vampire—except that it has already been taken by a famous Quaker theologian. Trueblood served as chaplain at both Harvard and Stanford universities and was a prolific author. I recently ran across the following quote from him,
“The historic Christian doctrine of the divinity of Christ does not simply mean that Jesus is like God. It is far more radical than that. It means that God is like Jesus.”
This is indeed a radical truth. It means Jesus is the template against which to measure our various ideas and concepts about God, even ones that are supposedly derived from the Bible itself.
A true portrait of Jesus can be used to identify and reject caricatures of God. A caricature is when a subject’s distinctive or peculiar features are deliberately exaggerated. Views of God that emphasize his holiness, immutability or transcendence at the expense of his love, mercy and imminence can be exposed by superimposing them over the character of Christ.
What doesn’t match up doesn’t belong.