Jesus was not God
Jesus was not God, even though the word of John 10:30, “I and my Father are one, He that has the Father has Me,” might suggest so. Although the declaration “are one” is recognized to be a claim to deity by various religious authorities, the Greek word for “one” (hen) is neuter; therefore, what was meant is not unity of person, but unity of Essence. The Son is of one Substance with the Father–that is, Jesus had received the Divine Love.
Trinitarians assert that Jesus claimed to be God when they quote him in John 14:9, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” And they compound that assertion with the words of John 3:16, allegedly stating that believing on Jesus suffices as being equal to believing on the Father, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.” But in John 12:44-49 Jesus emphatically states that believing on him really means believing on the Father, and that he is not himself the Father, “Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on Him that sent me. And he that seeth me, seeth Him that sent me.” (…) For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
This content originally appeared on Mark Kramer’s web site divine-love.org, but some years ago he did not renew it and the site has disappeared. This content has been copied from the Way Back machine, as I believe his insights are unique. I have not however tried to reproduce this in the same unique visual style he created, but the words are unchanged.