Ehrman’s Problem 22: His Book’s Title Is Misleading
Ehrman has three strange objections to this. First, he objects that God didn’t really suffer because the view that Jesus was God was “not a view shared by most of the writers of the New Testament” but was “developed rather late” (273). That’s bizarre for several reasons. For one, Ehrman says he left Christianity because it couldn’t explain why we suffer, but if he had already given up the deity of Christ, then he had already left Christianity. So again, which is it? He couldn’t discount Jesus’ deity when he was an evangelical, as he has claimed he was, but this is apparently his major objection to the argument that God Himself suffered. What gives?