MagnetMan said:I believe that Jesus was an ordinary man, the son of a simple carpenter. As the first human on record to preach a gospel of Love for neighbor and non-violent resistence to oppressors, it has made him the most insightful social philospher of all time. This ethical insight was especially significant at a time when all cultures unquestionably revered military might as right. It was the mass attraction of others to his gospel of peace that got him executed as a dangerous insurrectionsit by the powers that be. His deification was the result of decision made by the first ecumunical Council of Bishops at Nicosea in the 3rd Century, who had to struggle to establsih Christianity in the face of all other religious beliefs, who's founders where all God-men. This in itself was a hold-over from Bronze Age ancestral and totemic worship, in which each clan believed itself as direct descendants of God. That early expediency of the Church, which created the creed that emphasised Christ's deity and his mother's virginity, and not his peace message, created the anti-Christ backlash that our western cultures have lived with ever since - culminating in two world wars and the present ideology of pre-emptive attacks on our enemies - which is about as far away from what Jesus preached as we can get. It is ironical that even your present president does not "get it."
You say that the idea of Jesus' divinity was a result of Counsel of Bishops od Nicosea in the 3rd century, but if there are many biblical passages that infer Jesus' divinity, most notably in the book of John (John 1:1, 14; John 8:, John 14:7, to name a few). Or even in Revelation 21:6,7:
"And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
We know Jesus is the Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1. We also know he give s the water of life (John 4). So right after in verse 7, Jesus declares that He will be his God to those who overcome.
So the idea of Jesus' divinity came long before the 3rd century Counsel.