Deut 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
Mark 12:29 – “Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD”
I am not sure Jesus would claim such things (to be God) being a firm believer in the Shema (One God idea – Mark 12:29-31 – also in Luke 10 and Matt 22).
I have a tough time not thinking this was mistakenly interpreted by the people of the time period of Jesus – namely within the Greco-Roman perspective – concerning the idea of ’son of God or Christ’ and what that means. Nowhere in Matthew/Mark/Luke do we see Jesus making this claim to godhood – this is totally factual. With John we get into dicey territory about the idea of Jesus and God being ‘one’ and what that means – but this book seems to be where the idea ‘Jesus is God’ came from (and I’ll even debate people from within that very book that Jesus does not claim god-hood from in it’s pages also – but it is more questionable).
I think ideas and terms are added to Jesus from a un-Jewish perspective over time – to the point – Jesus no longer even so much as reflects his Jewish roots. If you truly think about it you will know this is true – how does Jesus look in most churches? Usually like the congregants and has the same ideas they do most of the time. Now that’s sad in one way – but also tragic as it means Jesus becomes whoever to whomever (a virtual shape-shifter). Today he is a Republican tomorrow he is a democrat.
I might be wrong on my claims that Jesus is not God – but it’s a mistake I can live with (if it is a mistake)…since Jesus in Mark clearly does not disavow the Shema. Also – if we are wrong about the Jesus = God idea this has less consequence than believing it – because by believing it we break the 1st commandment willfully (maybe even boastfully – most do it ignorantly I am guessing). Since I like the 10 commandments I have a tough time brushing aside the 1st one and then having the audacity the next 9 mean something.
Why does Jesus have to be God?