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Was Jesus divine? Bart Ehrman’s new book

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 Zondervan.

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.

“I’ve 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.”

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Again, Jesus takes center 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 getting...

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 to 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 "THE INCARNATION—MAKING TWO ONE"

And see also, the entire paper called "The 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. 

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