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.