I have finished my posts on the passage of the so-called “bloody sweat” in Luke 22:43-44. I devoted some considerable time to this text (for a second time on the blog) because I wanted to use it to set up a discussion in response to a question that a reader asked (that I started answering a very long time ago. June 30 in fact….) about what motivated me to write my book The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture. Now, after setting the stage for about two months, I’m able to answer the question. About time, you might think….
But first, in response to my recent posts, I received this interesting query from a reader, not about the textual tradition of the New Testament but about early Christian understandings of Christ. Here’s the question.
Have any Christians suggested that Jesus was fully God (from all eternity); but *because* he was God, and was *omnipotent*, he could choose to incarnate as a human and – for a planned period of time – *forget* that he was God and experience everything a normal human would? And then, retain the memory of it when he reverted to his true identity? I don’t believe that happened. But as I see it, it’s the only way around this conundrum: How can a Being be considered all-powerful if there are *things he can’t do*? Such as, have a real, first-person experience of suffering?
This is a very interesting and important question. And as it turns out, the answer is rather involved, because there are a number of issues involved. But I’ll take on just the main issue. In fact, I can be brief. The answer is
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