I would like someone to answer these questions with coherent answers.
Seems to me there was a time in the Garden of Gethsemane that Jesus cried out to His father, but there was an obvious and distinct separation.
Okay, I’ll take the challenge. Just my viewpoint, of course.
In the scriptures, we find that, 1) God is the Creator of all things and, 2) God alone is eternally existing, as in no beginning. Any and every being that is shown to be created is not and cannot be God. In the same way, any and every being that is shown to not be God is therefore a created being. We do not find in scripture anybody that is eternally existing and is also not God. Therefore, anybody who is shown to be Creator is God.
Jesus is Creator of all things. John 1:3 tells us that everything that has come into being did so by Him, and that there is not anything that has come into being that did so apart from Him. That tells us two things, at least: 1) Jesus is the Creator and 2) He was not created (therefore, He is eternally existing). It has to be concluded that He is God. Not a demi-god (whatever that is), not a semi-god, not a little god, not an inferior god, not the JWs “little g” god, but God...period.
Jesus is God the Creator become flesh (John 1:14), conceived in and born to a virgin (Luke 1:26-35; 2:1-11). He was raised as a human and lived as a human and grew into a man (Luke 2:41-52). He was fully a man in the flesh; He did not just appear to be a man. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus testify to His completely human status (John 19:17-30; 20:1-29). He was not demi-human, semi-human, etc. but fully human in the flesh. The Gnostics of the day tried to proclaim Jesus as a spirit being who appeared to be human, but John wrote in his first letter that such teachers are antichrist (1 John 4:1-3).
Was He fully God while in the flesh? Yes, but He gave up His equality with God while in the flesh (Philippians 2:5-8). I believe that means He became a servant to man and to His Father, living by faith rather than exalting Himself above His creation. He did this mainly to fulfill His ultimate role as the perfect Lamb who takes away the sin of the world, but also to serve as an example of how to live before God and toward our fellow man. His exaltation over the creation took place after His resurrection and ascension (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:9-11).
Jesus is not the Father. There are too many distinctions between Jesus and the Father (and the Holy Spirit). The distinctions between Jesus and the Father are found particularly in the gospel accounts, while Jesus was in the flesh. It can be argued that, 1) there are three Gods who share one indistinguishable purpose in the creation and with man, 2) there is one God who expresses Himself in three distinct ways as one person, 3) there are three persons who make up one God, and 4) possibly other definitions. I have seen good arguments for those first three, but I still think we are trying to define God’s nature much as a worm would try to define our complete nature.
In answer to the question about whether Jesus is God, it is enough for me that He is the Creator of all things, and that all things have been created by Him and for Him, and that He is before all things and by Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).
If that doesn't make Jesus Christ God, nothing does.