The problem with Jesus being God

James Jordan
7 min readApr 5, 2018

The deity of Christ in the Gospel of John

The entire gospel is about how Jesus is both fully human and fully God at the same time.

John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Was Jesus God in the Flesh, the Son of God? That seems to be a question 2000 years after his death and resurrection.

It really is no controversy at all to the vast majority of Christians. It is a central doctrine of the entire belief system. Even so there are detractors who try to shed doubt upon the claim. There could be a lot of reasons, but it was converversial at the time the claims were made too.

The original controversy

In Biblica times, the Apostle Paul called the message of Christ “foolishness to the Greeks and a stumbling block to the Jews.” Those were the two main groups of the culture at the time — the “conservative” religious people and the Greeks, who were the “liberal” scholars of the day.

In contemporary Greek culture there was the idea that spirit was spirit, and flesh was flesh, and the two could not possibly mix or even hardly exist together. God was in heaven and man was on earth. God was good and man was not. As a result, claiming anyone was God in the Flesh was ludicrous, or as Paul said, foolishness. It flew in the face of popular philosophy and knowledge.

On the other side were the Jews, or the religious world. They had worshipped Yahweh since the time of Abraham, well before Moses. They had also gotten in trouble for idol worship, and wanted to avoid that again at all costs. Because of that, anything that even hinted at anything other than Jehovah God as being devine was considered heresy. That was why it was a stumbling block.

Son of Man or the Son of God.

There have always been detractors, and I guess there always will be. But there is no denying that Jesus claimed to be God and that was…

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James Jordan

Teller of tales, many of which are actually true. Award-winning journalist, and the William Allen White Award for reporting.