[quote="Light1111, post:1, topic:214130"]
I am wondering if anyone in the room can help me. My brother is a bit more of a Biblical scholar than I am, and he frequently tells me things I never knew. I wanted to double-check something he recently mentioned.
He said that at no point in the Bible does Jesus state that He is God's son, that He is God, that He is Divine, or that a new church (entirely separate from Judaism) must be erected with Him worshiped at its center, etc. In essence, according to my brother, one needs the direction of the Catholic Church to follow Jesus as God's Son, as a part of the Holy Trinity that comprises our God, because otherwise, strictly from reading the Bible, you never hear that directly from Jesus Christ Himself. One would merely assume a new Jewish prophet was being considered, and would take that prophet's direction as a portion of that which one would move forward with, in his Judaism--but one would never mistake the words Jesus Himself uttered, as indicating a new, separate church, divergent from Judaism.
Is he correct? And if not, does anyone know the pertaining verses?
Thank you sincerely and peace!
There is a much more fundamental issue at play here. Your brother is reading the bible as if it alone contains everything that a Christian needs to know and believe. The bible never makes that claim of itself and the early church never thought of the bible in that way. The bible did not even come about in its current form for nearly 400 years after the death and resurrection of Christ. To read the bible in isolation of everything else is to invite erroneous interpretations. I would urge you and you brother to at least study the church fathers and see what they had to say about these issues. These are folks to ran around with the apostles, who ran around with Jesus! They have a much stronger ability to interpret scripture than we do, given that they were there and understand the context in which these documents created.
Going through that work will shed a whole new light on these issues.