Begotten: (v) past participle of beget: to procreate or generate offspring.
“His only begotten son.”
It is a phrase within a verse from the Good Book which describes the master plan of a loving God who is trying to redeem the people He created.
Perhaps the most unfortunate situation in the world is the misunderstanding that bubbles up over the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Some people, in a desire to create the solemnity of holiness, generate the image of a half-god, half-man–or all-god, all-man–individual, who was present in flesh but mostly absent in true humanity.
There are others who try to turn Jesus into a common Jewish prophet or teacher–someone who expounded with great wisdom and suffered the consequences of his idealism.
There are even those who insist there is no historical evidence that such a human ever walked the Earth.
But the source of all the misconceptions is always grounded in a desire to promote an idea which suits us instead of a truth which saves us.
Maybe Jesus was exactly who he said he was.
Maybe God, who was able to forge a Universe, was also able to initiate a human life which was completely susceptible to difficulties and struggles, while internally inspired by the freshness of heaven.
If God wanted to make Himself totally human, why couldn’t He?
There are only two reasons He couldn’t: either He didn’t, or He doesn’t exist.
And since Jesus made it clear through his words that he was the Son of Man, the “didn’t” reason is unlikely.
So we are left with a choice:
Is Jesus a human being who was also begotten of God, or is it all just a horrible Middle-Eastern joke?