It greatly diminishes for me the importance of Jesus' walk on earth if I believe that he was a god while here. I believe that he was a man, imbued through his family lineage with an extraordinary Spirit of Holiness. His good, observant Jewish family had been groomed for centuries to bring him up well and allow him to do what he was sent to do. To believe that he was a god on earth gives me every reason to despair that I can ever follow his example.
It's easy for us to make excuses for why we can't follow the Judeo-Christian path that was built on many principles of self discipline and responsibility for all creation incorporated in the great religions preceding the these. We're not gods; we're only humans, we say. We seem to be forgetting that the great religions all see humans as made with a spark of divinity. Some perhaps have a larger spark than others, but I believe we can grow this spark in ourselves and from one generation to the next.
I believe that we are all part of the Universal Energy Source that many call God, and that we all have the opportunity to reenter that Energy of the Universe upon our deaths. This would mean to me that, we too, have the opportunity to become more fully parts of what we call God, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, and many other names, all meaning The Great Life Force in creation.
I believe that we are all meant to continue being part of the perfect balance in life, but that in our fear, greed, and jealousy, we turn toward the negative. We can choose to help restore balance, and our mission in life is to, at the very least, leave behind a neutral energy, rather than negative energy for which the universe continues to pay.
Where we err is in believing that inflicting pain and punishment is discipline; that we have the power to bring wrath upon others for their transgressions, calling this discipline. Punishment leads to fear and destruction of The Spirit. A disciple follows a teacher, and the best teachers lead by their own examples. Self-discipline and teaching by example leads to permanent lessons learned by whole tribes, for all ages.