Try making up a character who says things that men will die for, not just in His day, or today, but hundreds of years from now.
Well, that's the thing, why should you do those things for a man? Who cares if he is the son of God, he isn't God. If I'm going to believe, fight, and die for a cause, I think God has an edge over Jesus or any prophet...
Because from the beginning of the Christian era, Catholics the world over have believed, do believe and will always believe in the Divinity of Christ. Those who died/are dying/will die for Christ believe He is Almighty God. Jesus is God born in flesh. We believe that Christ is the Emmanuel--the "God with us."
It's certain that the Jews knew their OT Scriptures (prophesies) foretold that God should come on earth. To Isaias 742-701 BC, God made known clearer than ever before, that Christ is God Himself "God Himself will come and save you." 35:4. Isaias is the one who called Him, Emmanuel, God with us. 7:14. "God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace." v.9. Isaias told in detail of the Christ being wounded for our iniquities, being led to slaughter, laying down His life for the sin of the world. V 53. The fulfillment of this prophecy is recorded in the 4 Gospels.
Many times Christ said He was God.
Before the assembled Jewish court, Christ told the Jews He was God. A year before they tried to stone Him "Becasue that thou, being a man makest thyself God."
When Christ said He was "Lord even of the Sabbath" He affirmed that He was the First Cause and Instituter of the Lord's day. For no man has a better right to assume command than he who has instituted and created what he commands, no man could claim that he was "Lord even of the Sabbath" unless He had first instituted and promulgated the sabbath.
Christ declared that He had the power to forgive sins and He delegated that power to His Apostles. Sin, being a violation against Almighty God's law, only God is able to wield the power to forgive it, and only God can delegate that power to His human agents.
The supernatural works of Christ give testimony that He is God.
Here are a few:
He commanded the waves to be still and they obeyed Him. He walked upon the waters and they bore up St.Peter with Him. He raised Lazarus from the dead.The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear.
There are many well-authenticated miracles that have followed the martrydom of the Apostles and others in defense of the Divinity of Christ. One is in the year 484, under Hunneric, king of the Arian vandals, Christians were persecuted for expressing their belief in the DIvinity of Christ. In the city of Tipsa, the tongues of those who recited the NIcene Creed were torn out. This act was followed by miraculous speech. These tongueless men were heard distinctively proclaiming their belief that Christ is True God. Sixty of them escaped to COnstantinople, where day after day people marveled at hearing men who had been stripped of their tongues spreading the doctrine of the DIvinity of Christ.
The things that Christ did are beyond human power. He foretold His Passion, He rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples 13 times after His Resurrection in Judea, in Galilee, in the supper room and His ascension into Heaven. The Resurrection is without doubt the miracle of miracles that proves His Divinity.
All of the Apostles preached His Resurrection at a time when they were being persecuted by the Jews (until 70AD) and the Romans for nearly 300 years. St.Peter was crucified and St.Paul was beheaded in Rome. St. Matthew died by the sword in Ehiopia, St.Mark was dragged to his death through the streets of Alexandria. St.Luke was hanged on an olive tree, st. John was thrown in oil (but he did not die). St.James was beheaded in Jerusalem and St. James the Less was thrown off the Temple and beaten to death. St.Philip was hanged against a pillar in Phrygia. St.Bartholomew was flayed alive; St.Jude was beheaded while St.Matthias and St.Barnabas were stoned to death.
The first 58 popes died a martyrs death.