Forgive me for checking myself! Why am I demanding forgiveness from strangers to whom I’ve done nothing? I take it back.
I saw an article linked to one of mine. It was an article in which a guy tries to explain why he’s a Jesus-follower. I thought I’d at least see if it had any strong points. As you may guess, it did absolutely nothing to attract me to the Nazarene. But he did say something that caught my eye. I’ll quote him.
Jesus enters the picture. He is God himself in the flesh. He is 100% God and 100% man. As a man he was tempted in every way we are, yet he never sinned. Therefore, he was the perfect human being.https://scottcahan.com/2021/10/07/why-i-believe-in-jesus/
I just want you to read that a number of times and think about not just the words, but the implications of each part. For me personally, when I looked at it and thought about it, I realised that there was a complete contradiction in it that showed me that the trinitarian Jesus, the “divine Jesus,” cannot be a human being.
“But, writer, the dude just finished his point by saying Jesus was a perfect human being.”
I know this. But everything he said before shows that Jesus who they claim to be true, if he was the entity as described, could not be a human being.
First, let me tell you what the Bible says about humanity. It says that we are made of dust, a material being with the breath of God to give us life. But, as God said in Bereshis (Genesis 3), dust we are and to dust we shall return. One of the songs in the book of Tehillim (Psalms) enforces this message saying that God knows our frame, what we’re made of and our limits, that we are merely dust. We know from experience the limitations that come with our form. Limits in knowledge, strength, placement, we are essentially limited. And in our ignorance, we make mistakes and disobey God’s law. As Qoheles (Ecclesiastes) teaches, there is not a good man on the earth that has never made a mistake. That teaches that there are good people, but everyone, every human, makes mistakes.
I’m not going to get long-winded about this. I’ll just say that a human being is 100% human, through and through. Purely and simply human.
Can you see the problem yet?
I think of the fears about the implications of what the covid injections do to human nature. There are people that say that companies cannot patent natural things, like plants. But once the genetic sequence is altered, the company can own that new altered life. Since the covid injections are said to work by putting genetic sequences into the human cell to make it do something unnatural, generate a toxin called “the spike protein,” and there is a possibility that that genetic sequence can go into the alleged nucleus and change that genetic structure, it would make a person less human, and more a product of the genetic manipulators. The AstraZeneca and J&J shots are said to actually put genetic information into the alleged nucleus of a cell, while there are questions about Pfizer and Moderna, since, according to certain understandings, there is potential for a cell to take up that genetic information into the nucleus as well.
The main point is that simply by altering human DNA a bit, the question can be asked whether that person is fully or still human. And that’s just by means of a minute physical particle or the administration of a small amount of substance.
Then comes Jesus who trinitarians and “divine Jesus” believers claim is 100% God/divine and 100% human. This isn’t merely a prophet, a human being who comes under God’s influence every now and again, or Moses who talked to God but always remained human. Jesus is said to have two natures, divine and human combined in such a way that 100% plus 100% doesn’t become 200% because that would imply separation, still two beings. This is 100% plus 100% becoming inseparably one thing. But this thing is no longer or can never be just human, like you and me. You and I are simply human. Jesus, according to their doctrine, is … is … to be blunt, he’s a hybrid monstrosity.
And understand, I have have not even begun to talk about how God has revealed himself in the Jewish Bible and how that obliterates the idea of this unholy combination. Just the simply fact that Adam, Moses, Noah, Abshalom, Jonathan, Lincoln, Gandhi, the customer service employee at any business, you and I are simply human, 100% human through and through, but Jesus, according to the “divine Jesus” teaching, was something else because of his dual natures, just that simply fact makes him inhuman, non-human. You can say “superhuman” or “metahuman” or whatever, but he was not a human being in that doctrine.
Just to summarise, by saying that Jesus was 100% man and 100% God means Jesus was not a human being, even without going into the nature of God. Yes, that is in spite of the guy’s conclusion. And it also means that his statement is a contradiction. To say in one breath, “Jesus was both God and man combined” and “Jesus was a perfect human being” when a human being is not the combination of God and man, but is simply a man, is a contradiction.
Does that makes sense?
I may have to touch slightly on God’s self-revelation.
The way that, in logic, or reasoning, or even just in experience, that the law of identity and the law of non-contradiction works, is that each entity or class of entity has certain characteristics that make it what it is, and also makes it not another thing. A tree has certain characteristics that distinguish it from being something else, like a cat or a cloud or a teacup. In the same way, a human being has certain characteristics that distinguish it from other entities. One such characteristic is that it only has human nature. One part of that nature is limitation, temporal and spatial limitation. A human is limited to only being in one place at one time, trapped and controlled by such entities as time and space.
God however created time and space and therefore cannot be, by nature, limited spatially or temporally.
Hence I believe it can be clearly shown that human nature is but one thing, limited in certain ways by nature. But God-nature is not that thing, not limited in those ways by nature. Therefore one being cannot both be limited and not limited in the same way, which Jesus would have be in order to be 100% God (unlimited) and 100% man (limited).
So again, to conclude in a way, the divine Jesus is not a human (humans aren’t God).
As a little aside, let me point out something else the guy said in the same quote to show that even flipping the coin ends up the same way. He said “Jesus was tempted in every way we humans are.” This leads to a logical contradiction and, for christians, additionally a “biblical” contradiction. Logically, since God owns absolutely everything he creates and he is not bound by desires or lack, he cannot be tempted. For christians, the book of James, chapter 1, clearly says that “God cannot be tempted” (James 1:13). Hence, if Jesus was tempted every way a human is, then he cannot be God since God cannot be tempted.
I already know the attempted get-out clause “divine Jesus” believers claims. “It was only the human side of Jesus that was tempted.” Unfortunately that can’t work because, since you must have 100% (God) and 100% (man) become inseparably 100% (one entity and not two separate entities), that means that what was experienced by the humanity must have also been experienced by the “deity,” no separation allowed. Hence, the single entity was tempted. But since God cannot be tempted, and Jesus was tempted, Jesus cannot be God.
Interesting. To start with the claim that Jesus was 100% man and 100% God, and end up with the nature of man meaning that he cannot be a man, and because of the nature of God, he cannot be God, that can only mean that Jesus was nothing. And since the nature of man and the nature of God are opposites in many ways, then that’s a contradiction that cannot exist. So either way, the “divine Jesus” belief leaves me with a great big NOTHING.
I’ll go to sleep now.