Anti-trinitarians have the gospel of John to deal with. From beginning to end, that account is clearly communicating that Jesus was divine. Are you a non-denominational Christian?
I've never understood the claim by Trinitarians that to deny the Trinity is to deny the divinity of Jesus. Being the only begotten Son of God, given equal power and seated at the right hand of God - I mean if that does not make one 'divine', what would?
I am not a formal scholar of ancient texts so maybe I don't know the formal definition of 'divine'. Is it synonomous with being God?
I don't belong to any denominational church if that's what you mean. I do believe the son of God came to earth to dwell among man for a time.
The synoptic gospels are Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus' question about being forsaken by God is in Mark, the oldest of the four official gospels.
Ooopps, my bad. I read that as the 'Gnostic' gospels, which I am aware of but not very knowledgable about.
The practice of sacrifice appears to have preceded any belief among Hebrews in an afterlife or a "world to come."
That may be true and the practice continues today. But I see that as separate to what God called on believers to do in the Old Testament. The question prompts me to look at it closer though.
I'm hip to seeing psychological significance in ancient religions. Christianity is an element of a large pool of religious views spanning at least 4000 years. If you want to know something like: "Why was bread and wine served at the Last Supper?", I wouldn't rely on reason alone. You need to know the background of that particular meal. So I tend to go with religion scholarship over my own intuitions.
But I am curious about post-modern Christianity, which locates the reality of religious symbols in the significance they have to contemporary individuals. Would you put yourself in that class?
Oh no, reason alone is not enough. And I have benefited often from the knowledge of scholars, But ultimately everyone must make their own call on these things. If the scholar's interpretation passes the test of reason I'm likely to accept it but I never hesitate to toss it out if it doesn't.
Yes, symbology, metaphor and even revelation have a place in my current understanding.