What are the Core Arguments For and Against the Divinity of Jesus?
The divinity of Jesus refers to the belief that Jesus is God. That’s just one side of the coin, however. The other side refers to those who believe that Jesus is not God but instead a normal human being who rose from the dead. In this article, we will explore both sides of this argument and what they mean for Christians today:
Argument for the Divinity of Jesus
The strongest argument for the divinity of Jesus is that he is the Son of God. In John 1:1-18, it is said that God created everything through his Word (Jesus), and then sent him into the world as its Savior. This passage also makes it clear that Jesus existed before he became human, as he was with God in heaven before he came down to earth.
As previously mentioned, another strong argument for Jesus being divine comes from Matthew 28:18-20 where it says “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” which would imply that Jesus had some sort of special power over humanity or even other gods if this wasn’t true–and what kind of power could give someone such authority? Also consider how many miracles were performed by him during his life time; things like healing people’s diseases/illnesses without any medicine involved! What else could explain these seemingly supernatural events other than divine intervention?
Finally let’s talk about Christianity itself: If you look at all four Gospels (Matthew Mark Luke John) closely enough there are several passages where Jesus claims divinity directly himself.
Argument for the Humanity of Jesus
In the first place, Jesus was a human being. He was not God in any sense; he was simply a man. This means that he had all the traits of any other human being–including his own personality, character and experiences. He grew up in Nazareth with his parents and siblings; he had friends like James and John who went fishing together; he studied under rabbis like Rabbi Hillel; he prayed daily at the Temple in Jerusalem; and so on (Luke 2:39-52).
These are just some examples of how Jesus lived out his life as an ordinary person among other ordinary people–not as some sort of divine being inhabiting a body temporarily before returning to heaven one day!
Theological Argument for the Divinity of Christ
Theological arguments for the divinity of Christ are based on Scripture. The primary texts are found in the Gospel of John and include passages such as:
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
- “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
- “And this is eternal life that they may know You…and Jesus answered him ‘I am who I am’; and he said ‘Thou art my Son.'”
These verses provide clear evidence that Jesus claimed to be equal with God (cf., Colossians 2:9).
Historical Argument for the Divinity of Christ
The historical argument for the divinity of Christ argues that Jesus is God because he was born as a man, lived a perfect life without sin, performed many miracles, died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead three days later and ascended into heaven. The main reason why this argument is so compelling is because it relies on historical evidence rather than philosophical reasoning or theological speculation.
It’s important to note that there are non-Christian scholars who have come to believe in Jesus’ divinity based solely on their own research into biblical history (i.e., Jews). Even if you don’t accept everything written in Scripture as true–or even if you’re not religious at all–you can still find plenty of evidence supporting these claims outside of any particular faith tradition!
Jesus was a man who lived on earth. He was not God and never claimed to be God. Jesus’ followers often called him “the Son of God,” but this does not mean that he was divine himself, only that he had a special relationship with God the Father (see John 3:16). In fact, when asked if he were the Messiah–the promised savior of Israel–Jesus said no (John 6:41). This is important because it shows us how mistaken it would be to say that Jesus was divine because he did not claim divinity or even want people to think he was divine; rather, they called him this because they knew his teachings came from God and wanted others to know them too!
In conclusion, we can see that there are many good arguments for the divinity of Jesus. However, some people may still be skeptical about this claim. That is okay! But I hope that you will keep an open mind as you continue to study the Bible and learn more about Jesus Christ.