© 2010 John Casimir O'Keefe

The Spiral Dimensions of Christ

For most people Christ is seen as a simple point in their lives.  That is, they see the relationship with Christ as a date, a single point of their conversion, the date they accepted Christ as their savior.  The problem with seeing Christ in that way is that they see Christ in zero dimensions.  According to the reality of 4 dimensions is that a single point is a seeing life, and Christ, in zero dimensions.  This does much more than limiting Christ, it makes Christ a zero sum gain in our reality.  It limits our way of how Christ is active in our lives.

Others see Christ as either on the left of center, or to the right of center.  For these people Christ is a continuum, a line drawn in the sand.  While this is a little better, it gives Christ a single dimension, it is still no better than seeing Christ as point in time.  With this view, we select a place where we stand and we force Christ into that place.  If we are left of center we read the words of Christ as being left of center.  If we are right of center we read Christ’s words in our right of center world.  Some, striving to be the center, simply see the words of Christ as both right and left of center.  This view of Christ is based more on our political views then with who Christ is.

Then there are those who place Christ in relationship to what they see as “the doctrines of Christ” and proclaim Christ as being God (up) and human (down).  This view of Christ places Christ in a two dimensional space.  IT defines Christ in square,; it frames Christ as a picture frame frames a picture.  It places Christ to their right, their left, up and down.  The problem with seeing Christ in two dimensions is that all we see of Christ is his political stance and his deity and humanity.  They spend their time praying, worshiping and going to church.  For them, this is what it means to be a Christian.

Still others place Christ before them (their future) and behind them (their past).  While this is good, to some degree, it still limits Christ to our personal realm.  It places Christ in a three dimensional space.  The problem is that many of them see Christ as the Christ behind them, pushing them along in life.  Still a few others see Christ as the Christ in front of them, dragging them along life into a place they are not willing to travel.  Seeing Christ this way places Christ in a box, and it does not matter what size that box is, it’s still a box.

What would Christianity look like if we saw our relationship with Christ as being in the fourth dimension?  What would your faith be like if you viewed Christ in a dimension that defined it as a faith on the move?  In a fourth dimension, the “box” moves from place to place.  It connects with other cubes to define space that is different and not as “cubed” as we think.  It spirals out from us and into the world around us.  Think of is as a “temporal dimension” one that harvests time and space.  A dimension that defines physical change and moves as it needs to move.  It finds its center in Christ and moves past who we are and into what we are called to be.  IT is seeing our faith in action, out of the church and into the world around us.

In the 5th century  Naomh Pádraig, or you might know him as Saint Patrick, knew Christ in just that way.   He defined Christ in just what way in his poem “Faeth Fiada” (the deer’s cry) or “The Breastplate of Patrick.”  Patrick understood Christ as moving all around, in direction we could not understand, and yet we know them to be real  In the Faeth Fiada Patrick wrote:

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length,
Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

How do you define Christ in your life?  Think of how the world would change if we saw Christ in four dimensions.  Think of how our community of faith would change.


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