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Titles of jesus A03

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Titles of Jesus A03 - "Jesus was a good man and a good teacher but nothing more." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer to show that you have considered more than one point of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer. I believe Jesus was presented as a good man, but also a lot more. Jesus performed miracles, healed the ill, stripped people of demons and brought about Christianity. In Mark 4:35-42 and 5:30-45, Jesus shows he is a saviour by calming the storm and feeding the 5,000. In Mark 2:1-13, the healing of the paralysed man, Jesus heals a man showing he has authority on earth, and showing he is the Son of Man. ...read more.

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But on the other hand, some people, particularly radical liberals do believe Jesus was just a good man and nothing else. Like the theory popular with liberals; that Jesus wasn't the Messiah and the Gospel writers just made it up. They think it was later that Mark- who believed Jesus was the Messiah- came up with the idea of the Messianic secret. Others believe Jesus was nothing more than a good man, because he was a good man. They believe the people he 'healed' had so much faith in Jesus that it was exactly that which cured them, not Jesus himself. So Jesus didn't actually perform miracles, people just thought he did, so the people he cured just needed to believe that they could be cured, and they were. ...read more.

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Like in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus shows anxiety and distress (Mk 14:32-42). So Mark presents Jesus and a human being, (and he uses his name Jesus to do that) to show is like an ordinary man who feels emotion and has characteristics. Maybe this is why some Christians believe he is just a man, for that is what his personal name was for; to show Jesus' humanity. I can see why people could believe any of these ideas, but I think it is explained so clearly in Mark that Jesus was the Messiah, Christ, Son of David, Son of God, Son of Man and Saviour that it is so hard not to believe it. All these titles are backed up with stories and miracles and unless the whole of Mark's Gospel is made up, I think Jesus must have been all these things, not just a good man. ...read more.

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