Greatest 1 Son of God?

by | May 26, 2020

Who is the son of God?

Jesus is often referred to as the Son of God, though he is not the only one in the Bible who has been referred to in this way. David, springs to mind of another individual who was given this moniker.

We usually assume that in reference to Jesus “Son of God” should be taken literally. This is a huge assumption, because in truth, anyone who had achieved some level of inner work that had given them some glimpse into (intuitively, not rationally) an experience of the “Wholly Other” that is God could be called a son or daughter of God.

If we accept this, then many of the prophets could be called children of God. Even us as modern individuals who have attained a hint of this communion with the Godhead could be thought of as sons and daughters of God. Jesus himself is documented in the Bible to have said that the miracles he performs we could do also and even greater works than these. These are Jesus’ words.

How can we reconcile this with the view that Jesus is the only begotten son of the most high God? What does begotten even mean? Well, begotten means “to have given rise to, to have brought about, or to have brought into existence (often through reproduction)” [paraphrased definition from lexico.com].

Well, if we believe that Jesus was born of a virgin then he wasn’t brought into existence by reproduction, so that aspect of the definition doesn’t apply. How about the rest? Yes, the rest of the definition could be applied to Jesus, but it could also be applied to all of us, in fact it could be applied to all of existence.

So, other than being born of a virgin, Jesus is no different than the rest of all creation. Now, this is assuming that the truth of Jesus’ virgin birth is legitimate. And that belief comes with a whole lot of skepticism naturally attracted to it.

So it can’t be reconciled with the view that Jesus is the only begotten son of the most high God. If we believe in God, then we must see that we are all begotten of God. We are all brought into existence by him and we can all be said to be his sons and daughters.

We may not realize this experientially until we’ve had a spiritual/meditative experience that makes it true for us. Nonetheless, even theological reasoning can make it clear to our intellect, if not our hearts.