Surprisingly, humans appear as if fully appreciating that the physical body cannot represent humanity. A dead person’s body does not represent the being. The corpse is always pointed at as the body of so and so, and not the person. If the body would be of so and so, where would be the owner of the body?
The confusion is when humans identify each other according to physical appearances. People are accorded due respect or disrespect according to physical appearances. Others even go as far as granting respect or disrespect according to racial appearance. But the being of a physical person is not physical.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you lose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV).
The most important datum is to know and appreciate the meaning of the term “Messiah.” What is a Messiah and what is His role on humanity? Without fully understanding this term, people come up with weird ideas of various kinds. In their attempt, theologians have adopted the idea of a Triune God, thereby invalidating Christ’s role. Without checking out the authenticity of the information, ordinary humans fall into falsehood, adopting what Jesus never taught.
The reason for the inability to evaluate data is three-fold. The first is idolatry, where other humans are assigned with authority, but without specific approval by Christ. Such authorities are granted the responsibility to check on behalf of everyone else. This is a result of not knowing one’s identity.