When I hear an athlete say they are going to give 110% effort, I shake my head. If taken literally, they are saying that they will exert themselves 10% beyond what they are capable of. In other words, I expect to see them injured if they are going to live up to their statement. Instead, it typically turns out that extra 10% is pretense.
But that’s only 10%.
Jesus, on the other hand, is 100% human and 100% God, according to some Christians. In other words, Jesus could give 200%!
Now wait a moment here.
How can Jesus be completely human and completely God without running into some sort of overlap?
I can’t come up with one example of how this could work in the Christian sense. 50% human, 50% God – alright, I can understand that. Maybe Jesus was mostly human and only a small part of him was Godly, enough part to allow for the atonement of sins. That makes sense to me! But no. Fully human. Fully God. Jesus is beyond himself. Multi-dimensional. Beyond any comprehension.
Then again, maybe that’s the point. People can’t argue with an understanding that is beyond understanding. They are forced into a position of either believing or not believing, and typically in an environment where the peer pressure strongly leans toward believing.
Maybe we’re looking at it wrong.
Maybe there is some logic we can tap into in order to understand this problem.
Maybe there is some misunderstanding in the way this idea is presented.
Maybe a little more information is needed.
Maybe … Jesus is 100% human (historically) AND 100% God (mythologically)?
Hmmmm, let’s check that. 100% human (historically). In other words, Jesus was a guy who existed? Yes. Plausible.
100% God (mythologically)? With a quick internet search, this definition of ‘myth’ comes up: “an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing.” Ok. Tough to argue against that.
So there you have it, Jesus being fully human AND fully God IS possible logically!
… unfortunately for believers, accepting that the story of Jesus is not factually sound is required for this understanding. Sure, you could give 110% in attempting to rationalize it supernaturally, but I’d rather not see you hurt yourself.