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comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
@Caleb Thanks for the explanation.
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comment What is the Christian definition of “The Messiah”?
I do not think people were awaiting a person who got his hair smeared with oil. Everyone can get their hair smeared with oil. They were awaiting someone who would fulfill some expectations - and the oil ceremony was just a formal ritual to symbolize his being the one who would soon fulfill those expectations. You are dwelling on the oil matter, which is just the Hebrew etymology of the term, but not its essence. If reading the NT could solve those questions, there would not be over 40,000 Christian denominations. Please don't beat around the bush.
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comment What is the Christian definition of “The Messiah”?
I'm sure modern-day Christians say "The NT is authoritative since the 1st century people who (presumably) wrote it knew what they were talking about. They were awaiting the messiah, and they were convinced Jesus was the messiah. He wasn't just a manipulator. He really fit the bill for them. He matched a fair amount of their expectations." So what messiah did those 1st century followers expect that was largely, or to some extent at least - met in Jesus?
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comment Why does the Messiah have to be God?
@Caleb when I go to the chat page, it does not look like a chat. I could not figure out where I am supposed to type my reply.
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comment What is the Christian definition of “The Messiah”?
"by what he says and the way he looks and moves, even if he doesn't precisely match my earlier expectation." But he did match most of your earlier expectations, or some of them, at least? Otherwise why wouldn't you accept as your uncle the salesman that knocked on your door 5 minutes earlier? If so, then list in your answer those main pre-Jesus expectations that did match when Jesus came along. No need to provide the whole list of "fulfilled expectations" that apologists like to brag about - I don't believe that the average convert in the 1st millennium ever knew about most of them