Seeking some good discussion and growth in awareness I put this discussion forward. I hope that we can discuss it with respect for each other. I have been following this question since early in my life and Leo Tolstoy helped me with it when I was 15 with his book The Kingdom of God is Within You. I am just now 39 years later reading that book again and he makes some wonderful arguments.
If Jesus was God the very essense of the One father God incarnate as a man we can never hope to reach his level of development. If he was a highly developed human being showing us the way to live then our relationship withthe story of his life is very different. Most of what we commonly know about Jesus comes to us through the Bible and is a result of Constantines effort to empower the church with the power of the Roman Empire. There are many different views upon what happened around that council and how the Bible as a select group of scriptures came together as a book. I suppose that we can each believe whatever we want about it and find justifying stories to support our views. One big question I have is how many Gnostic Bishops were there at the time of the council and why were they so poorly represented there?
It is my understanding that Arius was the leading voice proposing that Jesus was a human, a highly developed teacher. Of the 300 or so Bishops attending only 18 would sign with him. When he presented his viewpoint it was torn to shreads and a Bishop known as Saint Christopher stood and knocked Arius to the floor. Arius was banished from the council. So it has been controversial for a long time. What do you think, what does your heart tell you?