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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