A lot of confusion has arisen over exactly what took place at the Council of Nicaea, with some making the assertion that Christians voted to make Jesus God in 325 AD. This was a very tumultuous time period in early church history, and the scope of this article cannot address all the various facets of events which contributed to it. However, this article will focus on the early Christian understanding of Jesus in relationship to his divinity.
In part two of this series, I addressed some seemingly contradictory statements by Jesus as to his divinity. In the first two examples below, Jesus is making a clear distinction between himself and his Father.
“I ascend to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God.” (John 20: 17).
“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28).
And yet in these next two passages, Jesus accepts worship and the attribution of divinity, and claims equality with God.
“Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:28-29)
“I and the Father are one.” The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “I showed you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you stoning Me?” The Jews answered Him, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God.” (John 10:30-33). [Read more…]