I hear it said that Jesus was a man just like me but perfect in holiness and by following him – who kept the Law with perfection -I can become righteous and come to Paradise by my own merit. see Ebionism
Jesus Was Just A Human And An Example Worth Following
In my last post I made a very poor fist in my attempt to explain – what if Jesus was not divine?
To Assume that Jesus was not divine and therefore is not a member of the Trinity – as we know it -furthermore that the Last Supper, if that occurred does not celebrate the mystery of bread becoming his flesh, nor wine his blood but a commemoration or remembrance of the life and death of Jesus, of a great Teacher..
This heresy is much like Adoptionism but has a few distinctions that differentiate it. The Ebionites believed that Jesus was simply a normal man who happened to just outdo the rest of humanity in the virtue department.
It was as though Jesus was a human who earned a status like a Greek demigod. He was still just a man, but His extreme virtue caused God to adopt Him and stamp Him as Judaism’s promised messiah.
Unlike Adoptionists, however, Ebionites found that they could be justified through keeping the law like Christ did. Therefore, Christ’s life is simply an example to follow and has nothing to offer humans in its atoning work.
Again, like Docetism, Ebionism interfered with the Christian belief of Jesus Christ being fully human and fully divine. Not only does this take Jesus out of the Godhead (the Trinity), but it also calls into question the power of His death and resurrection (had Jesus not been fully divine).
Additionally, this belief makes it seem as though humans could be without sin or of high virtue without God’s grace (Pelagianism). If that’s the case, why would humans need a savior from a Christian standpoint? On top of that, the reasoning of this heresy causes it to reject the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
JARED M. WEBB DECEMBER 28, 2017
Searching for one born of a virgin, a chosen one who is fully human though not divine.
Other than the Jehovah’s Witnesses and several heresies there appear to be non who declare themselves Christian that do not believe in the divinity of Jesus – God the Son.
Arianism is a nontrinitarian Christological doctrine which asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time, a creature distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to him, but the Son is also God (i.e. God the Son). Arian teachings were first attributed to Arius (c. AD 256–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria of Egypt. The term “Arian” is derived from the name Arius; and like “Christian”, it was not a self-chosen designation but bestowed by hostile opponents—and never accepted by those on whom it had been imposed. The nature of Arius’s teaching and his supporters were opposed to the theological views held by Homoousian Christians, regarding the nature of the Trinity and the nature of Christ. The Arian concept of Christ is based on the belief that the Son of God did not always exist but was begotten within time by God the Father. ..[..]
This is a good read if you care about such things.
Source – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianism
Out of interest sake, much of southeast and central Europe were missionized by Arianism Christians, as were the Goths and Visigoths
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianismso who is Jesus to me?What is JESUS 12 December 2017