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The Different Views about Jesus being God and Man

Updated on June 29, 2017

The story of Jesus Son of Nazareth has been there for quite a long time. It is not only a story among Christians, but also among all religions. Yes, it is true that the Son of Man existed in this world but his mission and message continue to disturb the minds of all and sundry including religious thinkers and anybody who wishes to understand his/her religious inclinations (Lehman, 2004). We will start with what Christ as a character portends.

According to Apostle Paul, God was manifest in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:16). He also continued to say that it is not humanly possible to ‘comprehend’ Christ’s incarnation as a human being, and this brings several arguments into focus. One would therefore, ask the question if Christ was really human or was a spirit sent to humankind to change the ways of man that were going awry. Apostle Paul continues to say that Christ was a true personification of God, who came to change the ways of man by being man Himself. How then, as is it put, could sinful man in the name of Jesus, be so glorified to the point of being called a God? Was he not born as any other man through the womb of a mother? Like any other man, he was bound by the sins of this world, how then could anyone equate him to a god? But when one looks at the gospel according to John who stated that the word was made flesh and lived amongst us (John 1:14), it becomes clear that the Son of Man was indeed the Christ. But how can a common man, born of a woman personify God? A God who created the heavens and earth including the ‘sinful woman’? Indeed, as John aptly puts it, God is the word and the word was together with God and that this word was God himself (John 1;14). How then can Jesus, Son of Man come into the picture considering that he was born of man, who according to the scriptures is unholy. The prophets of yore like Isaiah prophesied about his coming and whose human nature was just a transition into his being. Where every tongue is expected to confess the glory of God on earth, and in heaven (Philipians 2:5-10). Jesus, who is portrayed as a god, did not lose his holiness by becoming man. He stooped low as to become a servant of men (Matthew 20:28).

On the other hand, Jesus Christ, born of a virgin woman, was a man like any other. He lived this life like any other man could have lived, but he did possesses super human powers that endeared him to the people including his enemies. Were it not for his powers nobody could have recognized him. Where then did he derive these powers from? Was he not godly or was God not on his side? He was indeed spiritual but the equation with God may be tricky to some owing to the fact that God is not man but a spirit which does not possesses any sinful nature that is inherent in man. This assumption is reinforced by the fact that he too was born of a woman. Many are those who have done religious and spiritual wonders, but have never been equated to the godly level. They are just as human as Jesus was even unto his death. The resurrection of the Christ is another topic to be discussed but he did indeed die at the hands of men. The prophets did prophesy about his being but again many great men have traversed the face of the earth and none of them has equaled the glory of God, as we know Him.

There are also other thinkers who view Jesus Christ, as a highly spiritual human like any other prophet. According to such people, Jesus did have the glory that comes with such spirituality but he cannot be God. Their logic is that God can never be reduced to the human being level nor can he share his glory with any human kind. He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end and as such he is supreme. He can never reduce himself to human weaknesses because He created the world and all that is in it and He understands the weaknesses of mankind. If indeed Christ was God then it ultimately means that eventually God was overwhelmed by the sinful nature of man and had to intervene as Jesus Christ. This is a notion that is highly debatable.

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    • Nyamweya profile imageAUTHOR

      Silas Nyamweya 

      16 months ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Here are two truths about Jesus. First, he is Christ, a title equivalent to the Hebrew term Messiah, meaning "the anointed one." By calling him Christ, early Christians acknowledged that Jesus is greater than any human being (see Mark 8:27-30) and that he is the one sent by God to rescue us.

      In Philippians 2, Jesus is said to be "in very nature God" (verse 6); and is to be worshiped as Lord: "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow ... and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (verses 10-11). This statement paraphrases Isaiah 45:23, where God speaks of himself. God alone is to be worshiped, and when Christians call Jesus Lord, they proclaim him to be God.

      The New Testament continuously insists that Jesus Christ is God:

      He was God before he was born in the flesh: "In the beginning was the Word ... and the Word was God" (John 1:1).

      After his human birth he continued to be God. On earth, Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5-7), something only God can do. He claimed divinity (John 8:58) and thus equality with God (John 10:28-30). These claims led to charges of blasphemy (Matthew 26:63-66) and death by crucifixion.

      After his resurrection, he continues to be God. Thomas called the risen Jesus "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28).

      The author of Hebrews, quoting Psalm 104, says of Jesus, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8).

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