The question of aesthetics has ultimately led us to the question of metaphysics, i.e. the transcendence/immanence bifurcation – the ultimate philosophical question. For ancient Greeks the transcendent was man’s greatest desire. It is the abode of the gods – the only place where the soul can be truly free. Therefore, we have Neo-Platonism/Gnosticism: the escape of the soul from the body.
However, the ancient Jewish mind didn’t see things quite the same way. Transcendence, for ancient Jewish religion, is frightening. “I don’t want to see whats on the other side because it might destroy me” type of scary. We see this in Job’s ultimate reaction to Yahweh’s explanation for evil (a despairing silence), Isaiah’s reaction to witnessing transcendence (“I’m screwed!”), The Wise Preacher’s answer to nihilism (Fear), and most of all, the golden calf incident (Remember, Israel’s sin at the foot of the mountain wasn’t in worshiping false gods, for the calf was meant to depict Yahweh. The sin was in man’s attempt to make what is transcendent wholly immanent for himself).
So when I speak of mediation as a bad thing, this is what I’m talking about. Importing the transcendence/immanence dichotomy from Greek philosophy and using it in Christology anachronistically abuses the Judaic nature of Christian theology. Christ doesn’t mediate between the two realms (T & I), but collapses the mythical notion altogether (while also proving that God is love and not to be feared).
Ultimately, what I am denying here is that the mediation of Christ is metaphysical – that he originates in the realm of transcendence and appears in order to deliver us from the corrupt immanent realm. Not only does this collapse the Christ event into another alongside a lot of Greek savior-myths (Prometheus, anyone?), it also proves Nietzsche right about ‘the despisers of the body’ in Twilight of the Idols. In the end, this is the fatal Gnostic mistake.
So all of this must end with 1 John 4: “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him… There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us.”