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The humanity and deity of Jesus

Aired on Premier Radio on Saturday December 27th at 12:30pm

Yeshua (Jesus) the Jew, the Prophet, the spokesperson for God Almighty, the man. I emphasise the latter, because the Church has at times struggled with the idea of the humanity of Yeshua, the idea that God could walk this earth as a fully flesh-and-blood human being. To understand why, one needs some grasp of Greek Philosophy, the prevalent mind-set of the early Church, once it had jettisoned all traces of its true roots in the Biblical, Hebraic mindset.

It can be traced back to Alexandria, Egypt, in the 3rd Century AD, when Christian theology was shaped by ideas handed down from such as the Greek philosopher, Plato.

The problem is that the Greek thinking of the time could not get a handle on the concept of “the Word becoming flesh”, as stated at the start of John’s Gospel. For them everything material, such as the human body, was basically evil, and the creation of an inferior god, whereas anything spiritual was basically good and the creation of a better god. Out of this craziness came an idea known as docetism, taken from the Greek word for “to seem”.

For followers of this heresy, Jesus only appeared to have a physical body, only appeared to eat and drink and talk and sleep and excrete bodily wastes. And if you have trouble considering the latter, then perhaps you, too, are a closet docetist. That may seem a facetious comment, but it just shows you how ingrained these Greek ideas are in the current Christian psyche. The Hebraic and biblical view of our human existence is a holistic one, a seamless unity of mind, body and spirit. All are good and beneficial to our well-being. There’s nothing crude and un-godlike about our bodily functions.

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