Stathis Papaioannou wrote:

Tom Caylor writes:

It is the ultimate irony that Jesus was taken to be blaspheming when he
said he was "one with the Father" and "before Abraham was, I AM", for
"no one can say that they are God"..... the mistake is the missing
phrase at the end: "...except God".

Yes, but what if Jesus was not God? He would then have been lying or deluded, and blaspheming as well in the eyes of Jews, Muslims etc. I have met many peopel who thought they were Jesus. Once, we had two Jesuses on the ward at the same time. We thought they might get into a fight, but in an appropriately holy manner they both walked around smiling and blessing everyone. They even forgave the staff for disbelieving and giving them medication. I have to admit, they were nice people, and others could learn from their example. But they were deluded.

Or at least one of them was. :-)

Brent Meeker
And Jesus said unto them, "And whom do you say that I am?"
They replied, "You are the eschatological manifestation of
the ground of our being, the ontological foundation of
the context of our very selfhood revealed."
And Jesus replied, "What??"

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