Set side by side, the book jackets look almost like matching woodblock
prints of a bearded, haloed figure. The titles mirror each other, too,
featuring the same trio of names: Jesus, God, Bart Ehrman.
On one of the volumes,
“How Jesus Became God,”
Ehrman is clearly the author; but in the reversed “How God
Became Jesus,” Ehrman is the nemesis of a concerted rebuttal.
So what gives?
The two books are an unusual
publishing experiment, in which
HarperCollins arranged to have a team of evangelical scholars write a
counterargument to its hot-selling superstar writer. Ehrman and the
evangelical team exchanged manuscripts and signed nondisclosure
agreements so as not to pre-empt each other, but otherwise worked
independently for their own HarperCollins subsidiaries, HarperOne and
Ehrman makes the provocative
assertion that Jesus did not consider
himself divine but was deified by his followers, and that early
believers scattered clues about their all-too-human mythmaking
throughout the New Testament.
never, ever written a book that, in my
opinion, is as important as this one, since the historical issues are
of immense, almost incalculable importance,” Ehrman said.
“The assertion that Jesus is God is arguably the single most
important development in Western civilization.”
"Link to External Source Article" below to read further.
Again, Jesus takes center
stage...now at question is his divinity. It's
a good thing that this is publisher offers an almost-instantaneous
rebuttal, but as Urantia Book readers, we stand perplexed once again at
the direction of this scholarly piece, and the attention that its's
Perhaps it's the sheer mystery
of this incarnation that is such a
stumbling block for some. Even the revelators voice their inability to
understand how this could have happened; nonetheless, they KNOW it
happened, and report it in great detail.
120:4.5 "Urantia mortals have
varying concepts of the miraculous, but
us who live as citizens of the local universe there are few miracles,
and of these by far the most intriguing are the incarnational bestowals
of the Paradise Sons. The appearance in and on your world, by
apparently natural processes, of a divine Son, we regard as a
miracle—the operation of universal laws beyond our
understanding. Jesus of Nazareth was a miraculous person."
See this section called
INCARNATION—MAKING TWO ONE"
And see also, the entire paper
Bestowal of Michael on Urantia"
to read all the details of this
miraculous event in our planet's history.
In the end, it seems clear that
believing in the fact of Jesus'
divinity is a matter of faith. But, once you know more about
the life and teachings of Jesus, it becomes far easier to
adore this God/man as just who he claimed to be. Jesus several times
declared that "He who has seen me has seen the Father." And when you
read his life, see the miracles he performed, the healings he effected,
and the transformations that he experienced in his own personality as
he discovered for himself his own divinity, it is impossible to deny
that he truly is the Son of God, as well as the son of man.