The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof… and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
I am pretty sure that we err in treating these sayings [of Jesus] as paradoxes. It would be nearer the truth to say that it is life itself which is paradoxical and that the sayings of Jesus are simply a recognition of that fact.
The metaphor is perhaps one of man’s most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.