The new testament authors stated clearly that Jesus was the Son of God:
And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:16
Was Jesus really the Son of God? He performed miracles, such as turning water into wine and walking on water. And three days after his execution he was resurrected from the dead. Doesn’t that prove that Jesus was divine?
Sure, that would be sufficient to prove that Jesus is divine– if we could be certain that what is reported in the bible is true. And is it? Consider the following passage:
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”Mark 13:24 – 31
The first part of this passage states that the Son of man will come in power and glory and will gather up his elect from the ends of the earth. Elsewhere in the bible Jesus is called the Son of man, as in this passage:
“But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–he then said to the paralytic–“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home.Matthew 9:6
So Jesus was the Son of man whose appearance was described in the excerpt from the book of Mark, above. And when is the Son of man expected to arrive in power and glory and to gather up his elect? At the time of the resurrection. But Jesus also said that these events would happen before his generation had passed away. That was almost 2,000 years ago. But so far as I am aware the kingdom of God has yet to arrive. Therefore Jesus was wrong.
How could a son of God be incorrect about so momentous a prediction? This was the most important prophecy Jesus made in his life– and it was completely wrong.
A being who was truly divine would not have made such a momentous error. Jesus, therefore, was not divine. Jesus was just a man.
Copyright (c) 2019 David S. Moore