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Why I am not a Catholic nor Protestant Christian, Part 9: Jesus the “Son of God”?

09/30/10

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Why I am not a Catholic nor Protestant Christian, Part 9: Jesus the “Son of God”?

So if we believe in God then we probably believe that God created us, right? Often times people say we are “children of God”. This analogy to parent-child does kind of make sense. God can therefore be thought of as our father or as our mother, since God is neither male nor female. If there is a God, an all powerful creator of all things, then I'm sure It is not humanlike and is not masculine or feminine. We can nonetheless think of God as like a parent to us all.

What I want to look at today is the common Christian belief that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. I guess Christians don't doubt that all people are children of God, but I guess when they say that Jesus is the Son of God this has a special significance and the word “son” in this case has different connotations that indicate a close connection to God the Father. This is not universal, but Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christians see Jesus as actually being a part of God or being God in human form. So in this case it is not that Jesus is different from God, Jesus is God...or something like that.

I've heard a few different interpretations of this whole godhead thing. Are the two of them, God the Father and God the Son, along with the Holy Spirit, separate entities or just one? I've heard straight answers on this in both ways, both as God as one entity and God as three (or 2, etc.) entities. From my Catholic upbringing, the more time any priest spent talking about this issue, the more obvious it was that he was finding creative ways of not giving a straight answer.

Growing up, my opinion was always that God was one entity. I believed in the trinity dogma of the church, but I interpreted it as just being three aspects of the same thing. This interpretation is not official Catholic dogma, but since they never were able to provide an unambiguous answer to this question, my interpretation seemed to make sense to me. So I believed that God the Father was the creative power of God, like that of a parent. I believed that the Holy Spirit was the aspect of God that we could get in touch with spiritually through prayer. And I believed that Jesus, God the Son, was just God manifest as a human being when he was alive 2000 years ago.

I believed, largely from Christian tradition and Catholic dogma, that God first talked to the prophets, like Moses and Isaiah, and also sometimes spoke through them or wrote words with their hands, for the purpose of giving the people his word. I believed that eventually God had to personally take his message to the people in the form of Jesus and his words and actions are written in the Gospel.

I have explained in a few postings here how I eventually came to realize that Catholic and Protestant Christianity were largely false. I came to realize that the Bible has quite a bit of falsehood as well. The pivotal moment came when I realized, at long last, that Jesus was nothing more (or less) than a human being, just as any other. What made me realize this more than anything is that it is best to assume natural explanations of things that happen and only to go with supernatural explanations if all else fails. I was actually quite easily able to understand how a legend like that of Jesus of Nazareth could be believed by people and could grow to be believed by half the world for hundreds of years.

You see, there is just no good reason to assume that Jesus was anything more than a man, in light of the overwhelming scientific and historical evidence. There have been many great people throughout history. A few have been able to be remembered after their death and become legendary. The legend of Jesus is similar to the legend of Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Santa Claus. He was a real person too. His legend is so far removed from the historical facts to make him seem fictional. I think Jesus is a similar case. He was a real person, but he was not God, nor any part of God, nor did he have any special connection to God than any of us. We are all children of God, and thus Jesus was as well, but it is quite irrational this day and age to still believe that Jesus is God.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Is Jesus the son of God? Let your voice be heard in the forum.
You can also email the me at brandon@enlightenedworldview.com

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