The implication would be probably that he was just a prophet; and that other religions can be a way to salvation.
Islam is based on that.
As are some other rebellious religions, either based on or developed into perpetuating that myth.
As is Judaism! Though Judaism was based on God, its error in not recognizing Jesus as the Messiah leading to the knowledge that He was God in the flesh, has led it into disbelief.
Now, I do know of some Christians who didn't at first understand that Jesus was God in the flesh (they knew He was the Son of God, the Savior, of course!), but they eventually came to the right discernment and knowledge of that fact after studying the book of John and other passages.
So, a person can be born-again through repentance to Jesus and still not quite understand everything. There is room for growth as we walk with the Lord. The key thing, the key name, is JESUS. He IS the Son of God, and He was God in the flesh. Whether one recognizes the full context of that immediately isn't imperative for salvation as long as we recognize that Jesus is the only Way to salvation and know that He is not just an ordinary man; He was and is the only-begotten Son of God.
To make God a man is blasphemy and an abomination.
Deut. 6:4 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Yes, Deborah, God is one Lord. Three distinct but inseparable manifestations. If you think it's blasphemy, then you should take it up with the One who sent His Son to live and die as a man here on earth, but whose Spirit was one with God.
Being one with God is not being God
I have taken it up with God, many years ago.
Well, this question could be left up to scriptural debate on all ends. I could throw scriptures saying he is God, only to have people throw scriptures to say otherwise. From my personal expriencies and knowledge:
Jesus was a prophet, but he was more. There is God the Father, Jesus being his "literal begotten son", being born of Mary in the flesh, but made immortal from the Father (I wrote a hub describing this in further detail, as well as the puroses for it). He was chosen in the beginning to be the Reedemer of us all, and has thus earned a place on the right hand of God (the Father). We get to God (the Father) through Jesus Christ, who is also a God, but together Jesus and the Father are one in purpose (coupled with the Holy Spirit, which testifies of all spiritual truths, warns of us danger, and many other things) together these three make up the Godhead. 3 seperate beings, but 1 in purpose.
When Jesus says ye shall not have any other gods beside me, he was relating to the false gods (like Baal and many others that the people seemed to keep turning to) Because they didn't exist. They were idols made from the people, and nothing more than gold/stone statues. Elijah proved this point rather strongly with the calling down of Fire from heaven
In the situation that we all find this out after we die, one word will spread through the mind of all the Christians..."crap"
Well if Jesus isn't god then I suppose logically either Satan is the real god and everyone's been worshiping a false god sent to lead the world astray, or religion is all wrong and there is no god at all.
Yahshua (Jesus) wasn't and isn't God. The implications? God is still God and according to scripture, Yahshua tried to make people see God, know Him and love him.
If you read about the making of a bronze snake or the Nehustan which is attributed to Moses or Moshe in Numbers 21:6-9 you'll be able to compare.
6. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
It was not the copper serpent that healed the Israelites; but, it was their looking up and submitting themselves to God.
So when Yahshua came he caused the people to look up and know God through his life and death. . Yahshua, according to scripture, wanted them to see that God existed and loved them. He wanted them to look up and see that God still wanted them to come back and submit to God.
Like most Christians, I was raised to believe even considering such a thing is blasphemy. However, having inadvertently joined a cult, putting my life in danger in the process, I now see things differently. I now believe Jesus is a great teacher, no different from Gautama Buddha or Confucius. The reason why Christianity has more cults than any other religion is because its followers believe Jesus is God, and has Absolute Truth.
All religions have positive things to offer, but none can answer all questions. Therefore, none have the right to claim they have Absolute Truth, or to demand unquestioning obedience. Any religion that does that should be suspected to be a cult.
The implication is that the scriptures are correct when they say He is a MAN like we are which is the truth as He explained it
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