Sunday, April 30, 2017

"passing through the midst of them" - Son of God as God Himself?

Tsukiji, Tokyo

Son of God as God Himself?

One of the most serious issues for the mankind is whether it is right or correct to believe that Christ Jesus is God.

Christianity is based on this belief while Judaists and Muslims reject this concept.   Judaism and Islam don't admit the idea that any man can be God.  However, early Christianity was not established in the light of this notion that Christ Jesus was God.

The notion to regard Christ Jesus as God started with the Gospel according to John, though there were no report that Christ Jesus ever claimed that He was God in any of the four Gospels.

This notion gradually filtrated into Christians in the second, third, and fourth century to finally occupy the main position of  ideas and beliefs about Christ Jesus and Christianity while the Roman Empire adopted Christianity for its state religion.  Even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, this belief that Christ Jesus was God was never challenged.   Then, God started to speak to Muhammad, according to Muhammad, that Christ Jesus was not God.  Subsequently, Muhammad established a new religion or the last religion of the three religions rooted in the faith of Abraham.

The point at issue is that God never sent another saint or Son of God to the Christian world to make it clear that Christ Jesus was not God, but He spoke to Mohammad and allowed him to establish a new religion based on beliefs including denial of the idea that Christ Jesus was God.  Neither, God did not eradicate the religious people called Judaists.    

From the beginning, Christ Jesus never said that He was God.  It was John, an author of one Gospel, that first openly suggested that Christ Jesus might be God.  Nowhere in the Bible, there is a description that Christ Jesus called Himself God and executed His power as God on Roman troops and priests of the Jerusalem Temple.

The most important Vatican mystery is that they have never reviewed the idea that Christ Jesus was God.

There is even a possibility that the wise and artful Satan might have instilled the wrong idea or the blasphemous concept that Christ Jesus, who implied that He Himself was the Son of God, was God Himself for his purpose to destroy right and correct faith in God.  

For reference, we had better check where the expression of the Son of God was used in the earliest Gospel of Mark:
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
Mark 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God
Mark 5:7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 
Mark 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
How could ordinary poor men, such as local fishermen, without academic backgrounds to whom Christ Jesus preached 2000 year ago regard the Son of God as God Himself?

Nonetheless, everything is possible for God, so that He might have been Christ Jesus, although God wanted people not to jump to this idea.

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Luk 4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Luk 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Luk 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,