Damning Evidence that Jesus Never Claimed to Be God

On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus was (allegedly) brought before the Jewish council, the Sanhedrin, to face charges made against him. Read carefully the following account of this (alleged) event in the first gospel written, the Gospel of Mark. You will notice that not once does ANYONE allege that Jesus had been criss crossing Judea and Galilee claiming to be Yahweh, the Creator, as many Christians would like us to believe. The facts are: In the Synoptic Gospels, neither Jesus nor any of his disciples claim that he is God. He may have claimed that he had been authorized (by God) to forgive sins while on earth, but that is not the same as claiming to be God himself.

The evidence strongly indicates that the historical Jesus never claimed to be God. The evidence also strongly indicates that the earliest Jewish Christians did not see Jesus as God but simply as the Messiah. Later generations of Gentile Christians invented the concept that Jesus was a god, a member of a Trinity (a polytheistic, pagan concept to Jews), and eventually, that he was Yahweh, God the Creator.

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin–Gospel of Mark, chapter 14

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire. 55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree. 60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

Gary: Notice that the chief priest never asks Jesus, “Are you the Blessed One? Are you G_d?”

This passage in the Bible proves that Jesus NEVER claimed to be God! If he had been making such a claim, the high priest would have accused him of such. But he didn’t! The chief priest only accused him of claiming to be the Messiah, the Son of God.

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4 thoughts on “Damning Evidence that Jesus Never Claimed to Be God

  1. A very good summary Gary of Jesus’ simple humanity as a 1st-century Palestinian Jew and ascending Rabbi-Reformer. Period. That’s all the historical Jesus was as you correctly point out here:

    Later generations of Gentile Christians invented the concept that Jesus was a god…

    But not only do the Greco-Roman [Gentile] Synoptic Gospels unveil their erroneous translations of Jesus’ oral teachings and his claims or NON-claims, but examining closely Jewish literature of the Tannaim Era (10–220 CE) as well, which certainly includes Jesus’ lifetime, in concert with other contemporaneous literature such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Ebionite Christian literature of the period… all reveal an incredible level of diversity of Second Temple Messianism. Sadly, the Greco-Roman Gentiles—eventually the surviving Judeo-Christians & eventual Earliest Roman Church Fathers—grossly and naively misunderstood Jewish Messianic fervor. And that’s putting there naiveté mildly.

    Close examination of Jesus’ Jewish Messianic theology, we see it represents an amalgam of various aspects of Sectarian Judaism of the time. This is undeniable when any “neutral” person curious about the VERIFIED history studies closely (and equitably) the ENTIRE extant evidence of the Rabbinical Tannaim Era. I can’t stress this enough. Additionally, examining Jewish Rabbinical literature before the 1st-century CE does indeed show Jesus representing another niche of Second Temple Messianism: merely a Palestinian Jew deeply passionate about the Torah and purifying its correct practices. Period. The earliest Roman Church Fathers—decades & centuries later I might add—wrongly re-interpreted Jesus’ Messianic teachings inside the full context of contemporaneous Rabbinical literature still extant today, and with further corroborating support from again, the Dead Sea Scrolls and even Ebionite Christian literature.

    Furthermore, Evangelical-Fundamental Christian Apologetics are solely based upon Jesus the Nazaraene being the divine “Son of God” but strictly THROUGH Jewish Messianic fervor of the period. Unfortunately, that direct link can’t be made. It is utterly and completely ill-founded and ultimately bogus. Point and case, all of the Messiah’s criteria to be a/the Messiah from correct Judaism—based upon Judaism’s template from Ezekiel 37:24-28 are six (6) simple requirements. Of those 6 requirements, Jesus fulfills only ONE: he was a Jew. There are many further problems for naïve Christian apologists claiming Jesus as the Messiah and/or “Son of God,” but they are too lengthy to go into here—unless of course Gary, you’d extend the invitation for them. 🙂

    To conclude, the historical Jesus can NEVER be separated or amputated from his 1st-century, Torah-loving, Palestinian Jewish Messianism correctly and fully explained within Second Temple Judaism’s exhaustive historical context. Period. Not Gentile Greco-Roman traditions! Jesus was never the wild imaginations later concocted by Gentile Romans fictitiously made him out to be. The truth about the real historical Jesus can be verified and thus proven inside proper Second Temple Judaism-Messianism. Christians need only put aside their arrogant prides and get to it… doing the necessary required legwork and homework with fairness, not with personal/familial bias and sensationalism.

    Excellent work Gary.

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  2. I’m veering away from the topic, but would like to point out that, unlike what many modern apologists want us to believe, in the quoted verses from Mark, testimony in the ancient world could be rejected if there were conflicting reports:

    14:56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
    14:59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

    This resulted in the chief priests and Sanhedrin concluding there was no evidence:

    The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any
    Mark 14:55
    (NIV)

    Note that they didn’t say, well one story could be true at one time, but not another. Or that it’s possible both could be true, let’s find some way to reconcile them. Or that the statements were speaking some greater truth. They rejected them because they conflicted with one another.

    Modern skeptics reject many of the parts of the gospels because they do not agree, yet apologists act like we are violating some principle of evidence, and that the ancient world did not have this attitude. Yet, at least according to Mark’s gospel, people in the ancient world would indeed dismiss testimony if it was in conflict with other testimony.

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