Does Jesus admit being the Son of God? Or does he avoid a clear proclamation?
Jesus accepts the title in some versions of the Bible:
- They all asked, “Are you the Son of God then?” He replied, “You are right in saying that I am.” ~ NIRV
- Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” ~ NKJV
- And they all said, “Are You the Son of God, then ?” And He said to them, “Yes, I am.” ~ NAS
- They all said, “Then are you the Son of God?” Jesus said to them, “You are right in saying that I am.” ~ ERV
- They all said, “Are you then the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say it, because I AM.” ~ WEB
He is unclear in others:
- They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” ~ NIV
- Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. ~ KJV
- They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?” And he replied, “You say that I am.” ~ NLT
- They all said, “Does this mean, then, that you are the Son of God?” And he answered them, “You say I am.” ~ CJB
- They all said, “So you admit your claim to be the Son of God?” “You’re the ones who keep saying it,” he said. ~ MSG
Now, considering I have been studying Korean, I am aware of the significance of nuances in translations. Something small can change a meaning significantly. This seems like it could be a case of such. It could also be a manipulation to keep Jesus’ words consistent. Jesus does seem to make some big proclamations in the Gospel of John.
Allowing Jesus to both proclaim and avoid proclamation could be troublesome to Christianity. Suggesting the Gospel of John could be a bit of a misrepresentation would also be trouble considering its value in marketing Christianity.
Such things could undermine the whole Bible to some Christians!
I strongly discourage the all-or-nothing approach though. Ideas should be valued more according to their relevance and usefulness within a mindset geared toward humanity rather than hinged on a particular belief.
That being said – be thoughtful about what you believe.