Is there really any way to prove Christ’s divinity? How do we know he was really the Son of God? Having some doubts here.
The first part of the Catholic Encyclopedia article on “The Incarnation” might be helpful. It provides some “proofs” from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Tradition.
What would proof look like to you? What kind of proof are you expecting 2000 years after the event?
Well, I think you can look at the historical evidence for the Resurrection of Christ first. Read John 1, and then through that lens read the rest of the 4 gospels. Also read early Church Fathers on Christ, remember they were the disciples of the apostles. Not all truth comes directly from the Bible.
God Bless!! I have struggled with the same question too.
I am also puzzled by this and what I read in the Bible.
For example, one question I would have is why only the Father knows the day or the hour. If Jesus is God would He not also know the day or the hour?
Further Jesus is the Son of Man and the Bible says not to trust the Son of Man. At least in some versions:
Psalm 146: Put not your trust in princes, nor in the Son of Man, in whom there is no help.
John 7:16 My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. Why is His doctrine not His?
Matt 15:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
Jesus was not sent for the whole world but only for the lost sheep of Israel. Wouldn’t God send His Son for the whole world?
Matt 26:39 Do Jesus and God have the same will? “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
After His glorious Resurrection, Jesus went “Global”
He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light to the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
If Jesus spoke precisely of the “Day & Hour” you can see that would
change human history ! So He wisely deflected.
JW’s have these & more verses to use against Christs divinity
asserting He was the Archangel Michael operating a human body. [WOW ]
Is there then a contradiction:
Matt 15:24 “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” Sent only to the lost tribes of Israel.
He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light to the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Sent also to be a light to all nations.
Jesus’ 3yrs of ministry were devoted to the sheep of Israel.
The Apostles were commissioned to preach His saving Gospel
“to the ends of the Earth”
Thank you all for your replies. I think I feel a lot better now.
What impresses me is Jesus’ resurrection is the most well documented event in ancient history. For example, there are more extant ancient manuscripts of the New Testament than any other type of ancient historical works.
And the witness of the earliest Church Fathers was too soon after the original event for a legend to have proigated.
The three persons of the triune God are distinct, but not separate. Jesus address himself as God sometimes or refers to God the father sometimes because the distinctions within have relational value. In other words, it helps his audience understand what he is talking about. Context is key.
John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, 2 through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you unless you have come to believe in vain.
3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe.
1John 4:Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. 4 Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
2 John 1:7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh; any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist! 8 Be on your guard, so that you do not lose what wehave worked for, but may receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ, but goes beyond it, does not have God; whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 Do not receive into the house or welcome anyone who comes to you and does not bring this teaching; 11 for to welcome is to participate in the evil deeds of such a person.
A great book that gives clear, concise and cogent arguments for the divinity of Christ is The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict
The anti-Catholic topics were removed from this edition, I believe. There might also be similar reference books by good Catholic authors, as well.
He said so Himself in scripture.
The Early Church Fathers knew the apostles personally. Read their writings of what they stated, the apostles and Early Church knew.
Many good catholic books exist on the Early Church fathers.
Reading the lives of the saints strengthen our faith also, because hundreds of the saints/ mystics/ Doctors of the Church, personally saw and spoke to Jesus or Our Lady in apparitions, and received confirmation that Jesus is the Second Person of the Trinity.
I would suggest reading Sr Lucia of Fatima’s diary (book on the Fatima apparitions), St Faustina’s Diary, or a book on Saint Padre Pio, Saint John Vianney, Saint John Bosco’s Forty Dreams (book),
Or even the book: ‘Struck by Lightning’ by Gloria Polo (a book that is free to read online) (about a catholic who became an aetheist and was clinically dead for a number of minutes and saw heaven, Hell, and purgatory),
The evidence IS there!!!
‘Doubt no longer, but believe.’