The Debate about Jesus
What did they believe?
A topic that is often discussed and debated is on the deity of Jesus, whether he is the all mighty God, or if he is only a prophet and Messiah.
Christians are always fond of talking about eye witness testimony, which is quite strange since none of the eye witness testimony from the four Gospels show anybody believing Jesus to be God, for more information on this and accounts of the eye witnesses visit the following articles:
The evidence is quite clear that the eyewitnesses didn't view Jesus as the all mighty God. Yet it even gets more interesting, as I said above we often debate on whether Jesus is God, yet what did the actual eyewitness' debate about, did they debate on whether Jesus was God, or a mere prophet? Well let us see:
When some of the people heard his words, they said, "This man must be the Prophet we've been expecting." Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? (John 7:40-41)
So notice what the people were talking about, some were saying that Jesus was the prophet they were waiting for, most likely in reference to Deuteronomy 18:18, another group were saying he was the Messiah, and then some others also responded back by checking if met the actual qualification of being the Messiah, such as asking if the Messiah comes from Galilee.
The entire debate is on whether Jesus is a prophet, or the Messiah! No one was arguing on whether he was God himself! There is no third group that popped up in this debate and said ?he is all might God in the flesh!'
So the real Q we must ask ourselves is why do we waste our time in debating whether Jesus was God or not WHEN THE EYEWITNESSES THEMSELVES NEVER TALKED ABOUT SUCH AN ISSUE! Christians can't have their cake and eat it, either they want to use eyewitnesses or they don't, if they DO want to use eyewitnesses then they must concede that these eyewitnesses had no belief that Jesus was God, rather their main concern was to determine if he was the prophet of 18:18 or the Messiah.
And Allah Knows Best!