Are the Jewish Reactions to Christ’s Teaching Indicative of his Divinity?
Christians claim that the charges of blasphemy by the Pharisees are indicative of Christ’s claims to divinity. One example of this is Matthew 26:62-68. How do I respond to this?
The claims of the Jews about Christ cannot be taken seriously as Christ discredits their accusations quite clearly in Matthew 23:37:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
The Jews were fishing for excuses to kill Christ. Their charges against him were trumped up by their goal of wanting to kill him. The goal of the Pharisees was to kill the Prophets of God, the easiest way to achieve this goal is to claim blasphemy of the one sent by God.
So if the Christian is using the reaction of the Jews to Christ’s words, then it means to say that they have not read the Gospels properly as Matthew 23 clearly indicates, without any issue, that the Jews would look for any means to kill persons sent by God to them. From this, it would then mean the Christian chooses to believe the interpretations and views of the Jews, over Christ’s own testimony.
and Allaah knows best.
Also if we look at John 10:32-39. Here the Jews say Jesus is blaspheming but he gives them a clear explanation as to what he means by saying God’s son. He is not claiming divinity yet the Jews exaggerated and still wanted him dead.
honestly, christians better give up on trinity. the jc of the synoptics wasn’t assuming equality with yhwh.
why this //man// this does SPEAK he blasphemies who is ABLE to forgive SINS if not one [that is] god?
jesus replies, “…. why THESE things REASON you in the hearts of you?”
so the pharisees are thinking that jesus is DOING what ONLY god is ABLE to do and NO one else can DO WHAT only god is able to DO and if one claims to do what ONLY god is able to do then that is EVIL/blasphemy.
“…some of the scribes said to themselves this [man] BLASPHEMES!”
jesus’ REPLY, ” …WHY think you EVIL in the hearts of you ?”
(on other occasions he says, ” how can SATAN cast out satan,” wouldn’t this have been a PERFECT time to say, ” how can god blaspheme AGAINST god”?)
Short Definition: evil, bad, wicked
Definition: evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.
so jesus thinks that the jewish thoughts are evil (i.e, who is ABLE TO forgive sins except god?)
the jews are THINKING that what jesus IS DOING is EVIL/ blasphemy.
(assumption: if jesus was TRINITARIAN)
the poor crowds went away home thinking that what the pharisees assumed was EVIL was infact an authourity given to MEN FROM god .
Short Definition: a man, one of the human race
Definition: a man, one of the human race.
blasphemy : Theology . the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
pharisee jews were told to reject flesh gods, idols and spirit gods, all these false gods were FOREIGN gods yhwh NEVER knew.
how are thier THOUGHTS evil when an eating , breathing , drinking human CLAIMS to do what ONLY a god can? they had the RIGHT thoughts. or Jesus was telling them that he isn’t blaspheming because he ISNT what chritians think he is. what makes better sense?
this is so easy
Jesus CALLED thier THOUGHTS EVIL!
it is like “what the HECK are you talking about, i aint blaspheming!”
if jc is assuming to himself that he is a god then he has CONFIRMED pharisee THOUGHTS i.e he DID blaspheme!
if jc is ASSUMING to himself equality with yhwh then jc CANNOT CALL thier thoughts EVIL.
u understand what i am trying to say?
if a guy like me with BAD ENGLISH can figure out that there is something wrong with christianity then so should intelligent people.