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How Did Jesus Become God?

NPR Interview Highlights

On a major difference between the first three gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke — and the last gospel, John

“ During his lifetime, Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God, and ... none of his disciples had any inkling at all that he was God.

- Historian Bart Ehrman

You do find Jesus calling himself God in the Gospel of John, or the last Gospel. Jesus says things like, "Before Abraham was, I am." And, "I and the Father are one," and, "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father." These are all statements you find only in the Gospel of John, and that's striking because we have earlier gospels and we have the writings of Paul, and in none of them is there any indication that Jesus said such things. ...

I think it's completely implausible that Matthew, Mark and Luke would not mention that Jesus called himself God if that's what he was declaring about himself. That would be a rather important point to make. This is not an unusual view amongst scholars; it's simply the view that the Gospel of John is providing a theological understanding of Jesus that is not what was historically accurate.

See "Link to External Source Article" below to read further.

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The search for the real Jesus goes on...

As Urantia Book reader/students, we are given a unique perspective on this subject of Jesus' divinity. Even the fact that an entire part (out of four parts) of this amazing epochal revelation is devoted to Jesus attests to the significance of this subject. Part I of The Urantia Book is devoted entirely to God and his creation; Part IV is devoted entirely to the life and teachings of Jesus, who, we are taught, WAS and IS the revelation of this same God to the entire universe of Jesus' making. He was, in fact, the fourth epochal revelation of God to our world, and even after 2000 years, his life and his teachings are still making waves and influencing people every day. The complete restatement of that life and those teachings are included in The Urantia Book for the edification of modern-day humankind.

So, what DOES Jesus say about his divinity? In the article above, the author correctly quotes Jesus, and The Urantia Book corroborates these statements - and adds to them further.

Jesus declares:

157:6.10 “No man in this world now sees the Father except the Son who came forth from the Father. But if the Son be lifted up, he will draw all men to himself, and whosoever believes this truth of the combined nature of the Son shall be endowed with life that is more than age-abiding.”

157:6.11 “We may not yet proclaim openly that the Son of Man is the Son of God, but it has been revealed to you; wherefore do I speak boldly to you concerning these mysteries. Though I stand before you in this physical presence, I came forth from God the Father. Before Abraham was, I am. I did come forth from the Father into this world as you have known me, and I declare to you that I must presently leave this world and return to the work of my Father.”

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157:6.13 “Nevertheless, I tell you that the Father and I are one. He who has seen me has seen the Father. My Father is working with me in all these things, and he will never leave me alone in my mission, even as I will never forsake you when you presently go forth to proclaim this gospel throughout the world.

And, here, Jesus talks to Pilate:

185:3.4 “Then you are a king after all?” said Pilate. And Jesus answered: “Yes, I am such a king, and my kingdom is the family of the faith sons of my Father who is in heaven. For this purpose was I born into this world, even that I should show my Father to all men and bear witness to the truth of God. And even now do I declare to you that every one who loves the truth hears my voice.”

And, here is a statement by the revelators of The Urantia Book about this reality of the divinity of the "Son of the Eternal Son," aka, Jesus:

6:1.4 When a Son of the Eternal Son appeared on Urantia, those who fraternized with this divine being in human form alluded to him as “He who was from the beginning, whom we have heard, whom we have seen with our eyes, whom we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, even the Word of life.” And this bestowal Son came forth from the Father just as truly as did the Original Son, as is suggested in one of his earthly prayers: “And now, O my Father, glorify me with your own self, with the glory which I had with you before this world was.”

The gospels are fragmentary accounts of Jesus life; nonetheless, they are in essence, the only written evidence of Jesus' life that we have had up until the indictment of The Urantia Book.

To read more about the gospels, and how they came to be, please see THIS LINK. In this explanation, we see that the gospels of Matthew Mark and Luke had questionable authorship at best...and so, the fact that these statements are not contained therein is not a cause for doubt about the truth of Jesus' divinity

We live in a time when many things are coming to light...as mentioned above, the search for Jesus goes on, and for those who have ears to hear and eyes to se, The Urantia Book will satisfy that search fully...

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