I didn’t know where else to slot this question, so I put it here in GD. If Mods want to move it, so be it.
According to Catholic Theology, Jesus is God, just as the Father and the Holy Spirit are God. And like the other Two, Jesus always was and always will be. So when He speaks in the Bible, I think he is speaking as an infallible, omniscient Being.
But when I asked a priest,“If I went back in time and met Jesus while he was on earth and asked him for all the math of the Big Bang would he be able to rattle it off like it was child’s play?”
The priest thought for a bit and then replied mystifiedly, “I don’t know!” But Jesus as God knows everything. So, when he came to earth, was His Godhood temporarly suspended?
It was as if the priest believed that Jesus becomes God (again) later in His life. But the Nicene Creed, which we recite at Mass on Sundays, says in part:
“We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father…”
In other words, Jesus is God. Always was, always will be.
What’s nagging at me is that Jesus makes some very troubling statements in his temporal life, such as people who don’t follow him will die, i.e., not get to heaven (which was the subject of another recently started thread which also bothered me).
For such statements, the theologians all jump into Jesus’s psyche to tell us what he meant. For example, “…that if you live a good life according to your creed - other than Christianity, then in effect, you will know Christ, and thus you will go to heaven,” which is the way I was taught as a child. Which can cause an explosive argument here, especially in view of the turmoil in today’s world, so maybe we should stay away from it. Or perhaps we shouldn’t. Your call.
So I guess the question comes down to this: When Jesus speaks in the Bible, is he talking as God - not just as some prophet, who could be right about this, but not about that?
I implore all of you to be respectful. If you want to do a Hate Jesus post, please start your own thread. I’m looking for considered opinion, not vitriol.