The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming – The Conclusion

     In Part I, we addressed the claim that Jesus didn’t know the date of His own Second Coming because He voluntarily “emptied himself “of that knowledge through a theological  process known as “kenosis.”

     In Part II, we will address a variant of the Kenosis Argument which Christian apologists have termed the Hypostatic Union, or “two natures” of Christ Jesus.

     We’ve already established the Christian belief that Jesus was born a one-of-a-kind hybrid consisting of both man and deity inextricably intertwined to form a Man-God. In fact, God Almighty incarnate.

     Jesus was not “possessed” by a deity, He WAS deity; a divinity entirely inseparable from the human Jesus. He wasn’t two entities occupying one body; He was a singular entity confined to it.

     Was, then, Jesus a singular being possessed of one nature, or two? If two, did both intermingle or were they completely separate?

     Pious early Christians maintained that Jesus possessed only ONE nature; some believing it to be strictly divine, others holding it to be entirely human in nature. But there are far too many gospel passages where Jesus exhibits supernatural abilities to maintain His nature was solely human.

     It was during the Council of Chalcedon  (October 8 to November 1, 451) that Church officials officially declared that the God Jesus was a single entity possessed of two “natures.” Furthermore, these two natures did not meld together to form a single consciousness; rather, they each existed distinctly apart from one another with no blending of one with the other whatsoever. The Chalcedonian Creed states:

“born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures, inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably;  the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God  the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ”[1]  

     In an article titled How Can Jesus Be God and Man? Author and Christian apologist Matt Perman writes:

“We must understand that the two natures of Christ remain distinct and retain their own properties. What does this truth mean? Two things: (1) They do not alter one another’s essential properties and (2) neither do they mix together into a mysterious third kind of nature.[2]

     But think about it. How in the *world*  could Jesus conduct Himself with two independent natures which did not interact with one another? When would the “human” nature decide to take a back-seat to the “divine” nature at any point in His day-to-day existence? What would “trigger” the divine nature taking over from the human nature and back to the divine again? Would the human in Jesus even know He was God if His divine nature was so alienated from that of His human nature? And wouldn’t Jesus exhibiting just human nature for any length of time render Him less than God during that time frame? Not surprisingly, these are questions Christian apologists conveniently fail to address. They’re virtually impossible to answer without resorting to the tired, worn-out “It’s a mystery” rejoinder. Or else fabricate an explanation out of whole cloth.

     It would have made far greater sense for Christian apologists to argue that since Jesus was a singular hybrid entity composed of both man and deity, his “mind,” would also be a hybrid mixture of both divine and human natures as well. That way, Jesus could decide to be “human” when he wanted to, yet act divine when called for. In fact, this was the belief of Christians opposed to the Chalcedonian Creed. This non-Chalcedonian belief was called Miaphysitism and is the theology of Oriental Orthodox Churches (the fourth largest contingent of Christian Churches in the world) to this day.

     The Roman emperor Marcian (450-457) had convened over five-hundred church officials at Chalcedon to, among other things, reinforce belief in an updated version of the Nicene Creed of 325, declare certain Christian beliefs heretical, and define true Christian faith. What transpired was that a huge assembly of over five-hundred Christian big-wigs argued bitterly over what was “true Christianity” and what wasn’t for 24 straight days. All that was needed was a majority vote to declare a particular Christian doctrine or tenet the law of the land. And that was that. Who needed any real proof any of it was irrefutably true? That’s your “faith,” they told the faithful. Learn to live with it and believe it―or else be labeled a heretic!

Conclusion

     We have seen that both the Kenosis Argument and the Hypostatic Union of the God Jesus are entirely baseless explanations as to why a God failed to know the date of His very own Second Coming. 

As previously stated, all that the God Jesus needed to do when pressed for the date was to simply reply,I’m not at liberty to reveal it.And that would be that. Instead, we not only have the God Jesus clueless as to the date of His so-called “Parousia,” but the Holy Spirit God as well. Only one of the three Gods of Christianity knew the date: God the Father.[3] How is one to explain the fact that the Holy Spirit God was also kept in the dark and yet still be viewed as “God”?

The God Jesus has been revealed to be less than God by being clueless as to the date of His very own Second Coming. And no amount of special pleading can alter that fact.

Part I Here

[1]Bettensen, Henry (trans.) “Chalcedon Formula.” AnglicansOnline.org. http://anglicansonline.org/basics/chalcedon.html (accessed on April 30, 2018)

[2] Perman, Matt. “How Can Jesus Be God and Man?” desiringGod.org. https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/how-can-jesus-be-god-and-man (accessed on April 30, 2018)

[3] Is this not further proof that the concept of the Triune God that Trinitarian Christians so staunchly adhere to is entirely baseless?

 


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