I recently read a comment from a fellow ranter who expressed confusion as to the nature of Jesus. Was Jesus God or was his Father God? This confusion has plagued Christians as long as the Catholic Church has held on to the belief of the Trinity. What some people might not know is that this teaching did not originate in the early church. The early churches view ofJesus relation to his Father was different than that of today.
Jesus claimed to be one with his Father. In those days a message from someone's son was as good as if it had come from his father! In that sense they were one. I don't believe he thought that he was God in the flesh. Nor do I think his disciples thought that either. That concept is Roman in origin where the idea of gods breeding with humans was common.
In the epistle of 1John the disciple begins the letter by referring to Jesus as the Word of God this reference is very descriptive of Jesus relationship with his Father if you analyze it. Bellow is a brief description of what I've garnered from it.
1. Much like a persons word is as trustworthy as the person who spoke it so is Jesus as his Father.
2. Without ones own word little can be known about ones own self to others, likewise Jesus reveals His Father to us.
3. One can exist without ones own word and likewise ones own word can live on long after ones own self is gone. In a similar way The Father and the Son are independent of each other.
4. Ones own word is intangibly inseparable from ones own self, in the sense that one cannot be known apart from owns own word. In like manner Jesus and his Father are inseparable.
5. A person chooses when to speak, likewise God the Father sends Jesus at his own choosing.
6. A person does not create words like he creates other works. A persons words are an outward expression of that persons inner most thinking and so Jesus was not created like the Father Created other creatures instead he proceeded forth from his Father as the outward expression of his Fathers inner most thoughts.
Follow this line of thinking on you will see how Jesus can be of divine origin and still not be his father. You can also begin to understand how this view of Jesus prevents the Christian from having two gods and Christianity to be monotheistic.