History Vs Human Jesus

Good Essays
There are many questions that arise when discussing Jesus, more importantly, the historical Jesus VS the human Jesus. Some of the many questions that can be asked are, “What does history tell us about the human Jesus?” and “How do we understand Jesus’s humanity?”. By looking deep into these “simple” questions, one can discover many different answers to what become rather complex and un-simple questions. The Jesus of history leads to what can be said about the human Jesus. Meeting Jesus AGAIN for the First Time, by Marcus J. Borg, explains what history has to offer us about the human Jesus. The Gospels are historical documents that provide us with much of the information that we know about the human Jesus today. History can tell us who Jesus …show more content…
How is it that Jesus referred to God as Abba, but is also God, and how is God fully God and also fully human? There are many different ways to approach this answer. Ebionitism, which viewed Jesus as an ordinary human being, and Docetism, which concluded Christ was not a real human being, were both quickly rejected (Christ in History, 64). A second view, monarchianism, had two subcategories: dynamic and modalistic. These explanations were also rejected. Dynamic monarchianism stated that, “Jesus was almost God” (Christ in History, 67). Modalistic monarchianism saw the three Persons of the Trinity simply as names that were used depending on the occasion, and was considered heretical by the church (Christ in History, 68). Following the rejection of the above explanations, the questions on Jesus’s humanity still remained. The Council of Nicea brought about many new explanations, but the Eastern and Western churches both had different ideas and felt that the other’s view left something out. It is apparent that this was not a simple question. Jesus’s divinity required a complex answer. In 451 AD The Council of Chalcedon was able to combat the major deviating views by saying that Jesus is fully and human and fully divine, but still could not provide a complete answer. The Council argued for a hypostatic union where Jesus is two natures in one person, and those two natures are not to get confused, separated, or

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    On the other hand Tritheism states that God, Jesus and the holy Spirit are in fact, three different gods (Kidd, “The Trinity”). Obviously this ideology cannot fit within Christian doctrine since the First Commandment only allows for one God; it is a monotheistic religion. Because of the flaws within these two ideologies, Christians must find an in between explanation for the…

    • 1153 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    If one cannot explain the status of the Son then how can they explain the foundation of the Trinity? Much of the issue lies in the fact that it is hard to describe three aspects of God yet say he is still one. Many early Christian groups focused on the authority of Jesus compared to God focusing on his human aspects creating confusion. The Nicaea counsel took place within the Roman Empire presented the controversy regarding debates about the Son between the Arians and Proto-Orthodoxy. The argument between the Arians and Proto-Orthodoxy is not about the existence of the Trinity, but it focuses on if Jesus was begotten or unbegotton.…

    • 1504 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    It is possible to prove that truth exists but belief is almost impossible. A belief can be explained in many different ways like the different religions do in explaining the existence of God, but truth can only be explained in only one way, what the proponents of this theory expect. The concept of God’s existence is a belief proposal and not a truth. A belief proposal is not a knowledge whereas a truth is based on the knowledge. When the proponents of the theory of conflicting truths argue against the existence of God, they seem to interpret it as a knowledge and not a belief proposal, and when they fail to find the knowledge to support the existence of God, then they discredit the same existence.…

    • 1726 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    made just like Gods? Or does God even have a body? How can we mentally be made in His image when we are prone to sinning, but God cannot sin? It also raises the question of whether we can take this verse literally or metaphorically. In essence, the Bible is very problematic in its interpretation of whether we should take…

    • 933 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Atheism Vs Religion

    • 760 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Questions have also arisen concerning the origin of god where people have found it hard to believe that god might have arisen from nothing. As the Christians claim that god is the creator, then one is bound to ask about who created the god who created everything (Hancock, 1996). Omniscience is also a paradox that atheists find very contradictory. This is based on the idea that this god knows everything and by so doing, he cannot forget but the paradox is that by forgetting some things, then he does not then know everything as claimed. For example, when god forgets his people and lets them suffer then it is true that he does not indeed exist (Drachman,…

    • 760 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The reason for the controversy is because they call themselves “Christians,” yet they have decided to stop worshiping Him as God. Jehovah’s Witnesses out rightly express in their website page that they do not worship Jesus as God. They only honor him as the Savior the God Jehovah assigned him to be for humanity. Although they emerged from protestant roots, catholic roots, and even Jewish roots like most Christians groups, they see the worship of Jesus as idolatrous. For this congregation, God the Father is the only God, and to worship Jesus or the Holy Spirit, it is to claim the worship of three Gods.…

    • 1271 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Without this historical evidence the Gospels could be accepted as a collection of fairytale stories (Strauss, 2011, p. 2132). It is an inappropriate belief to think that the Gospel accounts never happened yet still considers yourself a Christian. The belief in the truths of Bible speaks to one’s belief in Jesus and His Words. Is he such a man that he could lie? These biblical accounts were written as historical biographies to prove the trustworthiness of the apostles’ words and their accounts of Jesus.…

    • 1062 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    However, natural knowledge is not the same thing as faith; they are completely different. As Aquinas’ thinking continued, it talked about issues that one had to assume that there was in fact a God. The next question he asked was whether or not God had a body. Aquinas first believes that God has a body because that is what the Holy Bible says. I was not able to agree with this opinion because the Holy Bible also says…

    • 1472 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Anthropology Of Mormonism

    • 1500 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Although there are some similarities, there are also many differences. For instance, as previously explained, Mormons do not believe in the virgin birth. In the Bible, it clearly states that Jesus was born of a virgin mother, like in Matthew 1:23, or Isaiah 7:14. Both of these verses clearly articulate that Mary was a virgin, but Mormons teach otherwise. Mormons believe in what the Bible teaches for the most part, but they consider it to be lacking.…

    • 1500 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Star Wars: Film Analysis

    • 1559 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Caleb Grimes, the author of Star Wars Jesus, brings up an interesting debate in his writing, which is the idea of the connection of Christianity and Star Wars. However, he puts great emphasis on some aspects of God and less emphasis on others. While not every…

    • 1559 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays

Related Topics