Check the definition of “divine” in the dictionary and you find among the god and godly examples the words “great, good”. Among my three dictionaries including Webster and Oxford, I also find the words “excellent” as in perfect.
Thus, to be divine as per God and Jesus, a god or person would have to have perfection and never to have had flaws, errors, mistakes, or wrong doing.
Now, on to the real question. Was Jesus divine as per the claims by all of the Christian clergy? If you answered yes, I have news for you.
Check out Isaiah 7:14-18. This refers to both forthcoming birth of Jesus along with a tad about his boyhood before his temple teaching. This particular passage states as follows:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong, and choose the right. But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.”
Note that we are not referencing here the wrong wording of early translators about the words “virgin” which was supposed to be “young girl” before the mix up of almah, bethulah and parthenogenesis in the original Hebrew when being translated into Greek. That’s a different subject for a separate column.
Here we are talking about the “young boy” and the time when he knows the difference between right and wrong. Reference is made to a time in his young life when he did not know the difference and thus was certainly choosing some “wrong” things along with some “right” things before reaching an age of understanding and then choosing only right things and right decisions.
For Jesus to be making wrong decisions means that he was not divine. Think of that. At one time in his life, an early time in his life – Jesus was thinking and doing wrong things, things that we might think of as sinful, wrong, perhaps even evil and criminal.
Perhaps he was only cheating when playing marbles, or some early Israelite equivalent of this simple game. Perhaps he stole some plaything from a playmate. Or perhaps he had lustful thoughts about little Rebecca living a few tents down the path from him.
We don’t know and we will never know. We do not know and will never know if Jesus became a playboy and lived a dissolute, depraved life during the almost 20 years that he spent in Egypt. We can’t guess and we can’t speculate.
We can only know what the Bible – the inerrant word of God, according to the fundamentalists, God and the Bible – says in this Isaiah 7:14-18 verse.
We can only know that Jesus, at a time in his life was doing wrong things and making wrong decisions. Obviously, that makes Jesus less than divine and highly questionable about anything mentioned in the New Testament about his time on earth.