Jesus’ Original Disciples did Not Believe He was God

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God is not a human being, that he should lie,
    or a mortal, that he should change his mind.

–Numbers 23:19

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, 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. 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. 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.

–Deuteronomy 13

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.

 

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8 thoughts on “Jesus’ Original Disciples did Not Believe He was God

  1. If there was a real human being called ‘Jesus’ he was an apocalyptic preacher of the time. There were many of them. The part about Jesus being divine is a myth. (In my mind, anyway)

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  2. It makes sense that there was a real person on which the myth was based. Hitchens says the same in one of his speeches, “… even though the evidence is very thin”. The Gospels were written after the fact and the scribes used this person to become the Christ on the cross. The crucial part of JC’s story is that He was resurrected and ascended to heaven, and that He became a personal God with a plan for each believer. GROG

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  3. 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 not reliable, why the history confirms the acts? If Jesus is not God, why Marks 2:5-6 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” Jesus did not forgive sins in the name of Yahweh … many incongruities

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      1. Gary, simple, because they themselves, the scribes, did not deny it when Jesus confronted them (vs. 8-10). Gary, think about the following. You say they are ancient STORY, a Tall tell, if so, so many versions of the Bible translated into so many languages, so much effort of men and women who died for the sake of the Gospel in Roman times, just for Tall tell? Gary, do not confuse what the Bible says with what men say about the Bible. You are not agnostic, you have simply paid more attention to those who you think have had the authority to teach you.

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        1. How do you know that any part of this story (the healing of the paralytic) is historical? How do you know that the entire pericope is not an invention; a theological invention?

          The authors were not writing history books. They were writing religious propaganda (“so that you might believe”).

          “You say they are ancient STORY, a Tall tell, if so, so many versions of the Bible translated into so many languages, so much effort of men and women who died for the sake of the Gospel in Roman times, just for Tall tell?”

          Mormons and Muslims say the very same things about their respective prophets’ alleged claims and their martyrs. Many human beings are superstitious, and superstitious people are highly emotional and incredibly gullible. Just because a lot of gullible, emotionally-worked up, superstitious yet very sincere people believe something to be true does not mean that it is.

          Like it or not, very out of the ordinary claims require very out of the ordinary evidence to believe for most educated, non-superstitious people like myself and the majority of my readers. We demand very good evidence and Christians just do not have it.

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          1. Gary, very simple. You yourself have acknowledged in your letter that it was a group of entourage of fishermen, tax collectors, and former prostitutes; They were unlearned and ignorant men (Acts 4.13), they could not therefore write theology, religious propaganda as you define it. Therefore, if someone believes in what he reads it is not because the writers were convincing enough, but because behind the reading there is a spiritual power that tells the reader that what he reads was true. You yourself believed in it and today you write trying to convince yourself otherwise. Being the most educated and not supertitious people does not mean being people without faith.

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            1. The majority of Bible scholars do not believe that the fishermen, tax collectors, and former prostitutes of Jesus’ entourage wrote the Gospels. The majority of Bible scholars believe that the Gospels were written by very educated people. The Gospels are examples of very sophisticated literature. The experts believe that they were written by persons who were not eyewitnesses, living in far away lands, many decades after the alleged events. Their stories are at best, second-hand hearsay, and at worst, invented fiction.

              Yes, one can be intelligent and religious. But I believe that religious (superstitious) beliefs cloud the judgment of otherwise very intelligent people.

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