I feel distressed about something I’ve read recently and I just want assurance because I don’t want to deny the divine nature of Christ.
I was reading something about globalization and how this phenomenon has its origins in religions where missionaries and spreading of faith is encouraged (Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam) and cites the reasons for how these religions are inclusive. For Christianity, the author cites ancient Greek philosophy coupled with the tenants of the Jewish faith as the reason for Christianity’s inclusivity. All well and good so far - until I saw a short sentence fragment in parenthesis saying that it is also the reason for the “deification of Christ”. This was the part which disturbed me. It suggests Jesus was made into a deity rather than being a deity Himself.
I know that Christ Himself was not “deified” by the apostles and the early Church Fathers since He is God Himself - the Word made Flesh - what being both of divine and human nature. I already have the knowledge of Plato’s allegory of the cave and how that notion parallels, if not fits, with Christ saying that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. That’s why many Church Fathers cite and use Plato as a vehicle to explain Christ as the Eternal Truth.
Where can I find mentions or cases from the time of the Biblical prophets (Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) - or anywhere before Jesus’ birth - which points towards the coming Messiah as being both God and man?
I don’t want to delve into Wikipedia to find the answer because it is unreliable and I might unexpectedly encounter some counter-arguments. Any help in answering this question and providing an apologetic would be much appreciated.