God is not a human being, that he should lie,
or a mortal, that he should change his mind.
If you have been taught since you were a child that the Jewish God has no form; that he is a formless, invisible spirit; that any anthropomorphic language in the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) such as that God “sits” on a throne or that he “walked” in the Garden is purely metaphorical; what are the chances that someone is going to convince you that God has taken the form of a first century Galilean peasant?
A few spectacular miracles?
Let’s see what the Hebrew Bible says about miracles as proof that someone is a true prophet or messenger from God:
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods”(gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5 That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.
The Jewish people have always believed that God does not have a physical form nor would he ever take a physical form. For Gentile Christians to insist that the Jewish God transformed himself into a first century human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth is absolutely absurd and nonsensical to Jews. For a first century man in Palestine to declare himself to be Yahweh, God himself in the flesh, would have been the greatest blasphemy possible. It would have been so outrageous; so preposterous; so unheard of that the blasphemer would have been killed on the spot. Yet Christians want us to believe that Jesus, followed by an entourage of fishermen, tax-collectors, and former prostitutes, traipsed around Judea and Palestine for three years claiming to be God himself.
It is unbelievable, folks.
Take a look at the Synoptic Gospels. We can’t be sure that these books are historically reliable on many points, but regardless, never once in the Synoptics does Jesus explicitly claim to be Yahweh the Creator. He may have believed that God had given him special powers, such as the power to declare the forgiveness of sins (in the name of Yahweh. Jesus never claimed to forgive sins in his name in the Synoptics), but Jesus never claimed to be God.
If we believe the Synoptics, Jesus was a man who believed that he was a special messenger from God. He believed that he was the Jewish messiah. Once he was dead, his disciples continued to believe that he was the messiah (who would return to establish his kingdom at any moment), but they continued to worship Yahweh in the temple and continued to offer animal sacrifices to Yahweh (Acts 21:17-26). There is no evidence from the Synoptics or the Book of Acts that the original disciples worshiped Jesus as God.
The concept that a first century man was God is a Gentile invention. It it not Jewish. It developed among Gentile Christians most likely after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and after the destruction of the Jerusalem church who I am certain would have vigorously opposed such outrageous blasphemy. I even question whether Paul believed that Jesus was God, Yahweh the Creator. Paul may have believed that Jesus was divine in some aspect, maybe even temporarily bestowed with powers equal to God, including the power to forgive sins and grant eternal life, but Yahweh, the Creator, I don’t think so.
The concept of the Trinity is a nonsensical Gentile invention. According to the Hebrew Bible, one cannot worship Yahweh and worship a human being (Jesus) at the same time. To do so is the greatest of all sins in Judaism, punishable by death.
Therefore, Jesus’ execution was justifiable under Jewish Law and the Jewish Bible if Trinitarian Christians are correct. According to the God of the Hebrews, if Jesus really did claim to be God, he was an evil blasphemer who deserved death in order to purge a great “evil” from among the Jewish people.
If you really want to worship Yahweh, become a Jew. Drop the Jesus nonsense.