Vote Count 218 to 2
In 325 C.E. in a vote 218 to 2, Jesus was elected God (at Nicea).
In those days there was an Egyptian Priest named Arius who led a movement that didn’t believe that Jesus was a co-equal with God. He had a large following called Arians. Then there were the Greek Christians led by Athanasuis who taught that Jesus was a God. These two groups had competed for centuries as to what was the true status of Jesus.
In 325 C.E. Emperor Constantine decided to make Christianity the State religion to stop the waring between religious factions in his empire. Constantine favored Jesus being a deity since the man-deities of Mithras and Dionysus were popular among the people. Constantine formed a council at a Church in Nicea, Turkey, to establish the status of Jesus. He excluded bishops from the Arians and conducted a vote to determine if Jesus was a co-equal to God. The vote was 218 in favor with 2 dissenting votes. From then on Jesus was a co-equal with God.
God (Jesus) Doesn’t Know?
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32
Jesus didn’t know the end by his own admission. Therefore Jesus is not God — all knowing, all powerful.
Jesus said the Father is greater than I am.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John 14:28
Jesus never claimed to be God.
Jesus himself said he wasn’t God. Jesus said he had not yet ascend to HIS God.
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” John 20:17
Jesus said, “I and the Father is one.” This means at one. Jesus said same thing about apostles being one with God. He was not saying that he was God.
In Hebrew “bar dalaha” means son of God but realistically it means what we say today, man of God. It mean a peacemaker, a good meek mature kind and pios individual. Only a few times is Jesus seen as saying this and it was in a religious context of a spiritual relationship with God. No, it wasn’t him declaring to be God!
*** There are NO stories about apostles or any followers ever praying even once to Jesus. NONE ! ***
“Only Begotten Son” – You Got to be Kidding Me.
Jesus is never once seen to be saying this. This is a claim by others and in is really a very very bad translation. In John’s Gospel the translation of the Greek word is “mongenes.” The word is two words combined. Monos means singular. Genos means kind. It clearly means “One of a kind.” The Greek word for the verb to beget is gennan. The translation seems to be a deliberatly slanted translation because of the competing Arian doctrine at that time which taught that Jesus was not begotten of man but was made.
Jesus Said that he was Human 28 times in the New Testament!
The “Son of Man” in aramaic and Hebrew, Bar nasha, means human being. But the New Testament was written in Greek.
God is NOT a Man
God is not a man, that he should be deceitful, nor a son of man that He should relent. Numbers 23: 19
The Eternal One of Israel does lie and does not relent, for He is not a human that He should relent. 1 Samuel 15:29
… I will not carry out My wrath; I will not recant and destroy Ephraim, for I am God and not a man … Hosea 11:9
Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. Deut 4:39
The Whole World Will Realize that Jesus was NOT God
At the beginning of the messianic era that is to come, everyone will know the truth about the Jesus story.
God my strength, my stronghold and my refuge on the day of distress! To you nations will come from the ends of the earth and say: “It was all falsehood that our ancestors inherited, futility that has no purpose. Can a man make gods for himself? – They are not gods!” Jeremiah 16:19
John the Baptist was baptizing people in the river Jordan for the “remission of sins.” Remission means removal of penalty, exoneration, forgiveness.
And so John came baptizing, in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth to Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Mark 1:9
This baptizing of Jesus implies that Jesus, a member of the “Trinity” and “God in the flesh”, had sinned and needed exoneration.
Matthew realized that people would wonder about this and politically corrected the situation by putting in his writing that ‘Jesus should have baptized John.’
After this baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit (another one of the Christian Gods) descended unto Jesus. That made two Gods in one Jesus.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:16
I thought Jesus was already a God???
Imperfect God Jesus
Like man Jesus was born with flesh and blood. Saying that Jesus was God and man at the same time is a contradictory statement. This status is exactly what Christians show disgust with prior demigods of half man half God in the ancient “heathen” cultures. Christians don’t see themselves as heathen.
Jesus was imperfect and became perfect through his suffering.
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Heb 2:10
Jesus increased in wisdom and statute.
Therefore he must have had finite, changeable, moral attributes.
2 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
He became hungered and was thirsty like humans.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. John 19:28
He died and was buried.
How can a God have infinite attributes yet finite human qualities.
No Jesus Savior
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. Isaiah 43:11
Old Testament One God
“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other!” Deut. 4:39
“See now, that I, I am He, and no god is with Me.” Deut. 32:39
“So that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O’ Lord, are God.” 2 Kings 19:19
“O Lord, there is none like you, neither is there any god beside You.” 1 Chronicles 17:20
“I am the first and I am the last, apart from Me there is no god.” Isaiah 44:6
“I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides Me there is no god.” Isaiah 45:5,6
You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you—
For the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 6:14-15
Jesus himself said he wasn’t God. But the idol worshiping Christians don’t want to recognize even what Jesus himself said, since it will ruin the pleasure of them flaunting their egos as if they are superior to others (because they feed off their fantasies).
Just Believe? ....(please don't think)
Believing that Jesus was “God in the flesh” begs the question for believers to ask themselves. “Am I just a non thinking regurgitater? Can this belief be construed as me doing idol worship? Have I been conned by the great con Constantine?
There is no “son of God.” There is no “Daughter of God.” There are no “relatives of God.”