To put a little spin to the topic, the Buddha was reported to have said this to Dona, the Brahman...Therevadan idea of Buddha as a perfect human...
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"Master, are you a human being?"
"No, brahman, I am not a human being."
"Brahman, the fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a human being:
Those are abandoned by Me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
"Just like a red, blue, or white lotus — born in the water, grown in the water, rising up above the water — stands unsmeared by the water, in the same way I — born in the world, grown in the world, having overcome the world — live unsmeared by the world. Remember Me, brahman, as 'Awakened.'
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