Here’s another challenge from “40 Problems with Christianity”:
[The disciples] never agreed with Paul’s concept of Jesus as being divine. Anything written in the Bible to suggest that they did is probably a result of later editing by some of Paul’s followers. Such a belief would have been an exceptional departure from the Jewish faith.
How would you respond to this one? Be careful to follow the line of thought here so you can evaluate it: Would a Christian idea’s “exceptional departure” from the Jewish faith prove it wasn’t believed by the Jewish followers of Jesus? Can you see an unspoken assumption behind that reasoning? What reasons do you have to think the disciples did think Jesus is divine? How would you respond to the charge of “later editing”?
Answer this challenge in the comments below, and be sure to see Tim’s video response on Thursday.