This topic is rather straightforward and thus I shall be blunt. Why/how has Jesus stood not only the test of time, but how has he come to be through all this time the "son of God" (saviour) for so many? How did Jesus stand out among the rest at the time? Was it the convictions that Jesus lived by and the fact that he had a admirer in Paul there to help cement his stature?
Jesus in the Bible at least appears to make bold claims particilarly in the Book of John. About how no one may come to the father but through him. That again he is the son of God (granted other passages convey "son of man'") was nothing original. Others at the time were making as bold as claims as Jesus. Simon the Magus appears to have beleived himself divine and of God. We even get a likely fabled account (as there are a few different allegations to his demise) that he had his followers bury him alive for three days so that on the third he may rise from it. Another time he fly's around in the air only to be dropped like a stone at the prayer of Peter. But I digress.
Simon's mentor, Dositheus who seems to have been a contemperary of Jesus also made the bold claim to be the "son of God." One may argue to what degree each meant by that statement "son of God" however in the case of Dositheus and Jesus the attempt appears to be the same. A savior of sorts to their followers. That this is also known by the fact that Dositheus is recorded by either St. Epiphanius or Photius to have claimed to have been, the messiah sent here to fulfil the prophecy laid out by the prophets appears to convey what the Bible seems to have in mind for Jesus. So how, why did Jesus stand out as the Messiah when others also made the claim? How was "his message" (in quotations because we really don't know what Jesus had in mind let alone if what is written in the Bible as attributed to being said by Jesus was really stated by Jesus at all) any more original than anyone else? Was it that he had a fanatic in Paul that helped raise his stature? Was it his apparent message? How did Jesus come to stand the test of time and become not just a son of God but for many, "THE son of God?"
Edited by Dying Seraph, 28 June 2012 - 04:54 AM.