We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Jesus Christ staked his whole reputation, without reservation, on the claim that his equality with God was firmly anchored on nothing but the truth. And the truth is not subject to one's preference; it is true, whether one believes it or not. It is not contingent upon belief, but rather belief is only justified when that upon which it is grounded is the truth.
This is the context within which Jesus Christ made his rather astonishing claim, the truthfulness of which endows the story of Christmas with its enduring significance. And though he made it in a least intrusive and most gentle fashion, he did not seek - then or today - to indulge the neutrality or merely passive assent from his hearers, because like no one else, he fully understood the full force of its implications.
Jesus asserted that his equality with God was based on God's being a part of each one of us. In essence, that flawed as we are as humans, we have the capability of aspiring to bigger and better things - being like God.
Jesus was just able to perform this better than anyone else through his behaviors.
It is a truth that God has allowed each of us to be a part of Him, and in doing so allowed us to be like Him. It is a truth that, as humans, He has basically said that it is up to our free will to decide how close to Him we will aspire to be. Regardless of our environment, regardless of our DNA, we KNOW what we need to do to aspire and achieve this goal. We can claim that we "weren't raised that way" or "didn't know", but these are lies.