Jesus did not know everything

It is apparent from reading the gospels that Jesus acted in real time based on new information. He had to be informed about John the Baptist’s death (Mar 6:30). He did not cry until he was actively showed the grave of Lazarus (Joh 11:35). He “finds” the disciples asleep multiple times and is surprised (Mat 26:45). But all this is not enough to convince someone who is steeped in a pagan understanding of Christ. They try to dismiss each of these verses as a technicality or not representative of no knowledge. But one verse is impossible to deny:

Mar 13:32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Jesus refers to himself as the Son throughout the New Testament. Here he is making an affirmative claim that even he does not know something (“the day and hour” of judgement). Jesus did not have all knowledge even though individuals figuratively claimed he did:

Joh 21:17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”…

So although people in the Bible claimed Jesus “knows all things” an astute reader of the Bible will understand either the speaker is mistaken or the claim if figurative (meaning Jesus knew a whole lot of things but not literally everything). If Mark 13:32 did not exist, how many Christians would fight to the death for a literal interpretation of John 21:17? How many Christians would ignore the themes of the gospels and interject a pagan reading onto the character of Jesus? What other areas of the Bible do Christians believe based on the same evidence refuted here? The implications are far reaching.

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8 Responses to Jesus did not know everything

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  2. Rachel says:

    So… who was right? Jesus or Peter?

    • Both, reading the post it is clear that the word “all” is being used figuratively. It would be like if my coworker needed help with something job related and then turned to me and said “Hey Chris, you know everything, right? Tell me how to modify this pdf.”

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  6. defrostingwindows says:

    Good, clear, concise! Hearty amen from this corner!

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