Years ago, I became troubled about my belief that Jesus is God and thus the doctrine of the Trinity. It was because Jesus said of his return, “But about that day and/or hour no one knows, neither the angels of/in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24.36/Mark 13.32 NRSV).
According to orthodox Christian theology, God is omniscient, knowing everything, including the future. So, in order for Jesus to be God he must have known the time of his future return. For the first time in my life, I began to wonder if this unusual saying of Jesus indicated he was not God.
I was quite aware of the theological teaching called “the hypostatic union of Christ.” The Catholic Church officially decided it in 451. It means that Jesus possessed both a fully divine nature and a human nature. Traditionalists applied this doctrine to the New Testament gospels like a grid. They thereby interpreted each thing Jesus said or did according to one of his two natures—either his divine nature or his human nature.
Besides kenosis theories, the traditional explanation about Jesus saying he didn't know the time of his return is that he said it strictly from the perspective of his human nature. That is, he didn't know in his human nature, but he did know in his divine nature; otherwise, he couldn't be God.
For many years, I accepted the doctrine of the hypostatic union because I was taught it. But now I questioned it. First, I concluded that Jesus saying he didn't know something, when he did, made him look like a liar. I was willing to forfeit my belief in the hypostatic union rather than concede that Jesus lied. Second, I thought a human being having two natures seemed schizophrenic, especially if one nature knew something the other didn't; but more so if the two natures had corresponding wills that could oppose each other, such as Jesus’ prayer before his arrest.
So, this consternation about Jesus’ identity arose within me only because of my personal study of the Bible. It resulted in my undertaking a very serious quest for the real Jesus of history. To date, I estimate I have read over a thousand volumes on this genre—the identity of Jesus.
On September 29, 2011, I plan to divulge my identity as the author of The Restitution of Jesus Christ. Then I will be available to participate in public debates with any qualified person in which a substantial audience can be guaranteed. Such debates would be entitled, Is Jesus God? The other debater would argue that Jesus is God. Those interested in organizing such a debate can contact the webmaster.
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