The Divinity – Humanity Debate

What do you think about Jesus?  Some people believe that Jesus was just a human legend, another good guy.  Jesus could not work miracles nor tell the future and did not have divine power.  Others have underplayed the humanity of Jesus, emphasizing his divinity with all its powers.  In the minds of many, Jesus and God are one and the same.  The emphasis of one or the other aspect of Jesus can be a detriment to a true understandable belief in Jesus Christ.  The traditional Christian teaching has been that Jesus is truly human and truly divine at the same time.  Jesus Christ is the full authentic expression of the divinity in an individual human.  The object of Christian faith is Jesus Christ.  We find the authentic expression of Jesus Christ in Scripture.  The interpretation of Jesus Christ can be found in a Christian Church, since there have been various interpretations about Jesus Christ’s saving role.

 

 

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The king asks Daniel to interpret this dream (Dan 4:18-4:18)

“‘This is the dream

That I,

King Nebuchadnezzar,

Saw.

Now you!

O Belteshazzar!

Declare the interpretation!

All the wise men

Of my kingdom

Are unable

To tell me

The interpretation.

However,

You are able!

You are endowed

With a spirit

Of the holy gods!’”

King Nebuchadnezzar had described his dream to Daniel. Now, he wanted Belteshazzar, Daniel, to given him an interpretation. All the wise men of his kingdom of Babylon were not able to give him an interpretation. However, Daniel, or Belteshazzar, was an able man endowed with the spirit of the holy gods. Daniel had some sort of divine power to interpret dreams, as was seen earlier in this work.

The creator (Wis 13:3-13:5)

“If through delight

In the beauty of these things people assumed them to be gods,

Let them know

How much better than these

Is their Lord.

The author of beauty created them.

If people were amazed

At their power,

At their working,

Let them perceive from them

How much more powerful

Is the one who formed them.

From the greatness of created things,

From the beauty of created things,

Comes a corresponding perception

Of their Creator.”

These beautiful natural forces led people to give them divine power as gods (θεοὺς). However, the author of beauty is greater than these beautiful creatures. If they were amazed at the power and works of these creatures, let them understand how much more powerful God is. He formed the greatness in these created things as their creator (ὁ γενεσιουργὸς). This idea of creature and artisan creator was also a common Greek thought. You should get to the creator through the created things that you see.

The true sense of God’s justice (Job 36:5-36:12)

“Surely God is mighty.

He does not despise anyone.

He is mighty in strength of understanding.

He does not keep the wicked alive.

He gives the afflicted their right.

He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous.

With kings upon the throne

He sets them forever.

They are exalted.

If they are bound in fetters,

And caught in the cords of affliction,

Then he declares to them their work.

He declares their transgressions.

They are behaving arrogantly.

He opens their ears to instruction.

He commands that they return from iniquity.

If they listen,

If they serve him,

They complete their days in prosperity.

They complete their years in pleasantness.

But if they do not listen,

They shall perish by the sword.

They die without knowledge.”

Elihu ascribes to God the qualities that he believes a divine power should have. The almighty God does not despise anyone. He is mighty in strength and understanding. He does not keep the wicked alive. He watches the righteous. The kings have their thrones forever. However, if there are transgressions as when they act arrogantly, God would open their ears to instruction. He commands them to open their ears to instructions on how to return from their iniquity. If they listen properly and serve God, they will complete their years in pleasant prosperity. If they do not listen they will perish by the sword without any knowledge. The choice was simple, follow God, and all will be good. Go against God, and you will die.