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Quran describes how Mary, the mother of Jesus, was approached by an angel from
God, bringing her tidings she had never imagined: that she will give birth to a
son, a Messiah, who will be of the righteous and will be a prophet of God,
calling the Children of Israel (the Israelites) to the straight path of God.
“(And mention) when the angels said, ‘O
Mary, indeed God gives you good tidings of a wordfrom Him, whose name will be the Messiah,
Jesus, the son of Mary – distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and
among those brought near (to God).He
will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the
righteous.” (Quran 3:45-46)
for Mary, this news was both strange and seemingly impossible.
“She said, ‘My Lord, how will I have a
child when no man has touched me?’(The
angel) said, “Such is God; He creates what He wills.When He decrees a matter, He only says to it,
‘Be,’ and it is.And He will teach him
writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel.” (Quran 3:47-48)
very nature of Jesus is so special, that God compares the uniqueness of His
creation to that of the first man and prophet, Adam.
“Indeed, the example of Jesus to God is
like that of Adam.He created him from
dust; then He said to him, ‘Be,’ and he was.” (Quran 3:59)
and His Miracles
became one of the greatest prophets of God, and was sent to the Children of
Israel in order to confirm the teachings of his predecessor, the Prophet
Moses.His birth was a miracle, and,
like all prophets of God, he was granted several miracles.He approached his people, telling them:
“And (make him) a messenger to the
Children of Israel, (who will say), ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from
your Lord’ in that I design for you from the clay (that which is) like the form
of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of
God.And I cure the blind (from birth)
and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of God.And I inform you of what you eat and what you
store in your houses.Indeed in that is
a sign for you, if you are believers.And (I have come) confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make
lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you.And I have come to you with a sign from your
Lord, so fear God and obey me.Indeed,
God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him.That is the straight path.” (Quran 3:49-51)
Quran continues the story of Jesus by relating several incidents of his life
and his disciples.
“But when Jesus felt (persistence in)
disbelief from them, he said, ‘Who are my supporters for (the cause of)
God?’The disciples said,” We are
supporters for God.We have believed in
God and testify that we are Muslims (submitting to Him.)Our Lord, we have believed in what You
revealed and have followed the messenger (i.e., Jesus), so register us among
the witnesses (to truth).” (Quran 3:52-53)
another incident, after which an entire surah (chapter) of the Quran is named,
the disciples of Jesus asked him for another miracle.
“(And remember) when the disciples said,
‘O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table (spread with food)
from the heaven?’ (Jesus) said, ‘Fear God, if you should be believers.’They said, ‘We wish to eat from it and let
our hearts be reassured and know that you have been truthful to us and be among
its witnesses.’Said Jesus, the son of
Mary, ‘O God, our Lord, send down to us a table (spread with food) from the
heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a
sign from You.And provide for us, and
You are the best of providers.’” (Quran 5:112-114)
sent them the table they had asked for, but not without a warning.
“God said, ‘Indeed, I will sent it down
to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you – then indeed will I
punish him with a punishment by which I have not punished anyone among the
worlds.’” (Quran 5:115)
End of the Story?
story of Jesus never really ends in the Quran, as we are told that Jesus was
not killed, but that rather, God raised His beloved prophet up to Him.
“(Mention) when God said, ‘O Jesus,
indeed I will take you and raise you to Myself and purify (i.e., free) you from
those who disbelieve and make those who follow you (in submission to God alone)
superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.Then to Me is your return, and I will judge
between you concerning that in which you used to differ.And as for those who disbelieved, I will
punish them with a severe punishment in this world and the Hereafter, and they
will have no helpers.’But as for those
who believed and did righteous deeds, He will give them in full their rewards,
and God does not like the wrongdoers.” (Quran 3:55-57)
Quran also points out that Jesus was neither killed nor crucified.Speaking of the Children of Israel, God
faults their accusations against Mary as well as their claim that they killed
“And (We cursed them) for their
disbelief and their saying against Mary a great slander.And (for) their saying, ‘Indeed, we have
killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of God.’And they did not kill him, nor did they
crucify him; but (another) was made to resemble him to them.And indeed, those who differ over it are in
doubt about it.They have no knowledge
of it except the following of assumption.And they did not kill him, for certain.Rather, God raised him to Himself.And ever is God Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Quran 4:156-158)
Quran confirms that Jesus was raised up by God, and the Prophet Muhammad, may
the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, reassured us that Jesus will be
sent down to earth once again before the Day of Judgment.In a saying of Prophet Muhammad,narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet said:
“By the One in Whose hand is my self,
definitely the son of Maryam will soon descend among you as a just judge, and
he will break the cross, kill the pig, and abolish the jizyah (tribute), and
wealth will be so abundant that no one will accept it, until a single prostration
will be better than the world and everything in it.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Looking back, what seems strange to me now is not that
people would wish to embody Jesus’ values, but that others would criticize them
for it.What seems even stranger is that
few Christians, in the modern day, match this profile.is that Muslims seemed to embody Jesus’
values better than Christians.
bearded, as are most Muslims, but only the rare Christian.
dressed modestly.If we close our eyes
and form a mental picture, we see flowing robes, from wrists to ankles—much
like the loose Arabian thobes and the Indio-Pakistani shalwar kameez, typical
of the Muslims of those areas.What we
don’t imagine is the revealing or seductive clothing so ubiquitous in Christian
mother covered her hair, and this practice was maintained among the Christian
women of the Holy Land up to the middle of the
twentieth century.Again, this is a
practice maintained among Muslims as well as Orthodox Jews (of which Jesus was
one), but not among modern day Christians.
focused upon salvation and eschewed finery.How many “righteous” Christians fit this “It’s not just on Sundays”
profile?Now how many “five prayers a
day, every day of the year” Muslims?
spoke with humility and kindness.He
didn’t “showboat.”When we think of his
speeches, we don’t imagine theatrics.He
was a simple man known for quality and truth.How many preachers and how many evangelists follow this example?
taught his disciples to offer the greeting of “Peace” (Luke 10:5), and then set
the example: “Peace be with you” (Luke 24:36, John 20:19, John 20:21, John
20:26).Who continues this practice to
this day, Christians or Muslims?“Peace
be with you” is the meaning of the Muslim greeting, “Assalam alaikum.”Interestingly enough, we find this greeting
in Judaism as well (Genesis 43:23, Numbers 6:26, Judges 6:23, I Samuel 1:17 and
I Samuel 25:6).
circumcised (Luke 2:21).Paul taught it
wasn’t necessary (Rom 4:11 and Gal 5:2).Muslims believe it is.
didn’t eat pork, in keeping with Old Testament law (Leviticus 11:7 and
Deuteronomy 14:8).Muslims also believe
pork is forbidden.Christians … well,
you get the idea.
didn’t give or take usury, in compliance with the Old Testament prohibition
(Exodus 22:25).Usury is forbidden in
the Old Testament and the Quran, as it was forbidden in the religion of
Jesus.The economies of most Christian
countries, however, are structured upon usury.
didn’t fornicate, and abstained from extramarital contact with women.Now, this issue extends to the least physical
contact with the opposite sex.With the
exception of performing religious rituals and helping those in need, Jesus
never even touched a woman other than his mother.Strictly practicing Orthodox Jews maintain
this practice to this day in observance of Old Testament law.Likewise, practicing Muslims don’t even shake
hands between the sexes.Can Christian
“hug your neighbor” and “kiss the bride” congregations make the same claim?
Practices of Worship
purified himself with washing prior to prayer, as was the practice of the pious
prophets who preceded him (see Exodus 40:31-32 in reference to Moses and
Aaron), and as is the practice of Muslims.
prayed in prostration (Matthew 26:39), like the other prophets (see Nehemiah
8:6 with regard to Ezra and the people, Joshua 5:14 for Joshua, Genesis 17:3
and 24:52 for Abraham, Exodus 34:8 and Numbers 20:6 for Moses and Aaron).Who prays like that, Christians or Muslims?
fasted for more than a month at a time (Matthew 4:2 and Luke 4:2), as did the
pious before him (Exodus 34:28, I Kings 19:8), and as do Muslims in the annual
fast of the month of Ramadan.
pilgrimage for the purpose of worship, as all Orthodox Jews aspire to do.The Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca is well known, and is alluded to in the
Bible (see The First and Final Commandment).
Matters of Creed
taught the oneness of God (Mark 12:29-30, Matthew 22:37 and Luke 10:27), as
conveyed in the first commandment (Exodus 20:3).Nowhere did he declare the Trinity.
declared himself a man and a prophet of God (see above), and nowhere claimed
divinity or divine sonship.Which creed
are the above points more consistent with—the Trinitarian formula or the
absolute monotheism of Islam?
One wonders what happened between the practices of the
first generation of Jesus’ followers and the Christians of modern day.At the same time, we have to respect the fact
that Muslims exemplify Jesus’ teachings more than Christians do.Furthermore, we should remember that the Old
Testament foretold three prophets to follow.John the Baptist and Jesus Christ were numbers one and two, and Jesus
Christ himself predicted the third and last.Hence, both Old and New Testaments speak of a final prophet, and we
would be amiss if we didn’t consider that final prophet to be Muhammad, and the
final revelation to be that of Islam
Acts 2:22 “Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know.”
Acts 17:31 “He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed”
1. Tim. 2:5 “…the man Christ Jesus.”
God is not a man, but Jesus, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was a man, therefore, Jesus was not God.
2. The Bible Says that God Is Not a Son of Man
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man...nor a son of man…”
The Bible often calls Jesus “a son of man” or “the son of man.”
Matthew 12:40 “…so will the son of man be…”
Matthew 16:27 “For the son of man is going to come…”
Matthew 28 “…until they see the son of man coming in His kingdom.”
Mark 2:10 “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority…”
John 5:27 “…because He is the son of man.”
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the “son of man” is also used many times speaking of people (Job 25:6; Psalm 80:17; 144:3; Ezekiel 2:1; 2:3; 2:6; 2:8; 3:1; 3:3; 3:4; 3:10; 3:17; 3:25).
Since God would not contradict Himself by first saying He is not the son of a man, then becoming a human being who was called “the son of man”, he would not have done so. Remember God is not the author of confusion. Also, human beings, including Jesus, are called “son of man” specifically to distinguish them from God, who is not a “son of man” according to the Bible.
3. The Bible Says that Jesus Denied He is God
Luke 18:19 Jesus spoke to a man who had called him “good,” asking him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”
Matthew 19:17 And he said to him, “Why are you asking me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Jesus did not teach people that he was God. If Jesus had been telling people that he was God, he would have complimented the man. Instead, Jesus rebuked him, denying he was good, that is, Jesus denied he was God.
4. The Bible Says that God is Greater than Jesus
John 14:28 “My Father is greater than I.”
John 10:29 “My father is greater than all.”
Jesus can not be God if God is greater than him. The Christian belief that the Father and son are equal is in direct contrast to the clear words from Jesus.
5. Jesus Never Instructed His Disciples to Worship Himself or the Holy Ghost, but God and God Only
Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say Our Father which art in heaven.”
John 16:23 “In that day, you shall ask me nothing. Whatsoever you ask of the Father in my name.”
John 4:23 “The hour cometh and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
If Jesus was God, he would have sought worship for himself. Since he didn’t, instead he sought worship for God in the heavens, therefore, he was not God.
6. The Bible Says that Jesus Recognized, Prayed, & Worshipped the Only True God
Jesus prayed to God with the words:
John 17:3 “…that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
Jesus prayed to God all night:
Luke 6:12 “he continued all night in prayer to God.”
Matthew 20:28: Just as the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.
How did Jesus pray to God?
Matthew 26:39 ‘…he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father…”
Even Paul said:
Hebrews 5:7 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”
Who was Jesus praying to when he fell on his face with loud cries and petitions? Was it himself? Was Jesus crying in tears to himself pleading to be saved from death? No man, sane or insane, prays to himself! Surely the answer must be a resounding ‘No.’ Jesus was praying to “the only true God.” Jesus was the servant of the One Who sent him. Can there be a clearer proof that Jesus was not God?
The Quran confirms that Jesus called for the worship of the Only True God:
“Truly, God is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him (alone). This is the straight path.” (Quran 3:51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pib5itVAA98
Son of God, son of David, or son of Man?Jesus is identified as “son of David”
fourteen times in the New Testament, starting with the very first verse
(Matthew 1:1).The Gospel of Luke
documents forty-one generations between Jesus and David, while Matthew lists
twenty-six.Jesus, a distant descendant,
can only wear the “son of David” title metaphorically.But how then should we understand the title,
“son of God?”
The “Trilemma,” a common proposal of Christian
missionaries, states that “Jesus was either a lunatic, a liar, or the Son of
God, as he claimed to be.”For the sake
of argument, let’s agree that Jesus was neither a lunatic nor a liar.Let’s also agree he was precisely what he
claimed to be.But what, exactly, was
that?Jesus called himself “Son of Man”
frequently, consistently, perhaps even emphatically, but where did he call
himself “Son of God?”
Let’s back up.What does “Son of God” mean in the first place?No legitimate Christian sect suggests that
God took a wife and had a child, and most certainly none conceive that God
fathered a child through a human mother outside of marriage.Furthermore, to suggest that God physically
mated with an element of His creation is so far beyond the limits of religious
tolerance as to plummet down the sheer cliff of blasphemy, chasing the
mythology of the Greeks.
With no rational explanation available within the
tenets of Christian doctrine, the only avenue for closure is to claim yet one
more doctrinal mystery.Here is where
the Muslim recalls the question posed in the Quran:
“…How can He have a son when He has no consort?...”
…while others shout, “But God can do anything!”The Islamic position, however, is that God
doesn’t do inappropriate things, only Godly things.In the Islamic viewpoint, God’s character is
integral with His being and consistent with His majesty.
So again, what does “Son of God” mean?And if Jesus Christ has exclusive rights to
the term, why does the Bible record, “...for I (God) am a father to Israel, and Ephraim (i.e. Israel) is my firstborn” (Jeremiah 31:9) and,
is My son, even my firstborn” (Exodus 4:22)?Taken in the context of Romans 8:14, which reads, “For as many as are
led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God,” many scholars conclude
that “Son of God” is metaphorical and, as with christos, doesn’t imply
exclusivity.After all, The Oxford
Dictionary of the Jewish Religion confirms that in Jewish idiom “Son of God” is
clearly metaphorical.To quote, “Son of
God, term occasionally found in Jewish literature, biblical and post-biblical,
but nowhere implying physical descent from the Godhead.”Hasting’s Bible Dictionary comments:
In Semitic usage “sonship” is a conception somewhat
loosely employed to denote moral rather than physical or metaphysical
relationship.Thus “sons of Belial” (Jg
19:22 etc.) are wicked men, not descendants of Belial; and in the NT the
“children of the bridechamber” are wedding guests.So a “son of God” is a man, or even a people,
who reflect the character of God.There
is little evidence that the title was used in Jewish circles of the Messiah,
and a sonship which implied more than a moral relationship would be contrary to
And in any case, the list of candidates for “son of
God” begins with Adam, as per Luke 3:38: “...Adam, which was the son of God.”
Those who rebut by quoting Matthew 3:17 (“And suddenly
a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved son, in whom I am well
pleased’”) have overlooked the point that the Bible describes many people, Israel
and Adam included, as “sons of God.”Both II Samuel 7:13-14 and I Chronicles 22:10 read, “He (Solomon) shall
build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom
forever.I will be his Father, and he
shall be My son.”
Entire nations are referred to as sons, or children of
Genesis 6:2, “That the sons of God saw the daughters
Genesis 6:4, “There were giants on the earth in those
days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men…”
Deuteronomy 14:1, “Ye are the children of the Lord
Job 1:6, “Now there was a day when the sons of God
came to present themselves before the LORD…”
Job 2:1, “Again there was a day when the sons of God
came to present themselves before the LORD…”
Job 38:7, “When the morning stars sang together, and
all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
Philippians 2:15, “that you may become blameless and
harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse
1 John 3:1-2, “Behold what manner of love the Father
has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! … Beloved, now we
are children of God…”
In Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”Later in Matthew 5:45, Jesus prescribed to
his followers the attainment of noble attributes, “that you may be sons of your
Father in heaven.”Not exclusively his
Father, but their Father …
There are several key verses which Christians use to
prove the biblical origin of the Trinity.Upon analysis of these verses, one can clearly see that they do not
prove the Trinity, but rather the same monotheistic message of God.One of the most frequently cited passages
from the Bible is Isaiah 9:6-7, from which Christians conclude that the Messiah
must be God incarnate.The passage
“or a child will be born to us, a son will be given
to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be
called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.There will be no end to the increase of His
government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to
establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and
forevermore the zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”
That Isaiah 9:6 has been misinterpreted can be seen
from the fact that Jesus is never called the “Eternal Father” anywhere else in
Bible.Since the Trinitarian doctrine
teaches that Christians should “neither confound the Persons nor divide the
Substance” (Athanasian Creed), how can the Trinitarians accept that Jesus is
the “Eternal Father”? Let us consider additional facts impartially.
First, all the Hebrew verb forms in Isaiah 9:6 are in
the past tense.For example, the word
which the Christian Bibles render as “his name will be called” is the two words
‘vayikra shemo,’ which properly translated, should read “his name was
called.”The word “vayikra” is the first
word to appear in the book of Leviticus (1:1), and it is translated properly
over there – in the past tense.In
addition, the King James Version translates the same verbs elsewhere in the
past tense in Genesis 4:26 and Isaiah 5:25. Only in Isaiah 9:6-7 are these verbs
translated in the future tense!
Notice that it says “a child HAS been born to
us.”This is an event that has just
occurred, not a future event.Isaiah is
not making a prophecy, but recounting history.A future event would say a child will be born to us, but this is NOT
what the verse says.The Christian
translations capitalize the word ‘son’ assuming that this is a messianic
prophecy and the names of a divine son.
Second, the two letter word “is”, is usually not stated
in Hebrew.Rather, “is” is
understood.For example, the words
“hakelev” (the dog) and “gadol” (big), when joined into a sentence - hakelev
gadol - means “the dog IS big,” even though no Hebrew word in that sentence
represents the word “is.”A more
accurate translation of the name of that child, then, would be “A wonderful
counselor is the mighty God, the everlasting father ...”.This name describes God, not the person who
carries the name.The name Isaiah itself
means “God is salvation,” but no one believes the prophet himself is God in a
Third, the phrase “Mighty God” is a poor translation
according to some biblical scholars.Although English makes a clear distinction between “God” and “god,” the
Hebrew language, which has only capital letters, cannot.The Hebrew word “God” had a much wider range
of application than it does in English.Some suggest a better translation for the English reader would be “mighty
hero,” or “divine hero.”Both Martin
Luther and James Moffatt translated the phrase as “divine hero” in their Bibles.
Fourth, according to the New Testament, Jesus was
never called any of these names in his lifetime.
Fifth, if Isaiah 9:6 is taken to refer to Jesus, then
Jesus is the Father!And this is against
the Trinitarian doctrine.
Sixth, the fact that the New Testament does not quote
this passage shows that even the New Testament authors didn’t take this verse
to be in reference to Jesus.
Seventh, the passage is talking about the wonders
performed by the Lord for Hezekiah, king of Judah.Preceding verses in Isaiah 9 talk of a great
military triumph by Israel
over its enemies.At the time Isaiah is
said to have written this passage, God had just delivered King Hezekiah and Jerusalem from a siege
laid by the Assyrians under General Sennacherib.The deliverance is said to have been
accomplished in spectacular fashion: an angel went into the Assyrian camp and
killed 185,000 soldiers while they slept.When Sennacherib awoke to find his army decimated, he and the remaining
soldiers fled, where he was assassinated by his own sons (Isaiah
37:36-38).Chapters 36 and 37 of Isaiah
recount how Hezekiah stood firm in the face of Sennacherib’s vast army and his
blasphemous words against the God.When
all seemed lost, Hezekiah continued to trust in the Lord, and for this he was
rewarded with a miraculous victory.It
is interesting to note that the statement, “the zeal of the Lord of hosts will
accomplish this,” found at the end of Isaiah 9:7, is found in only two other
places in the Bible: Isaiah 37:32 and 2 Kings 19:31.Both these passages discuss the miraculous
deliverance of Hezekiah by God.Therefore, in light of the above, Isaiah is recounting God’s defense of Jerusalem during the
Assyrian siege.Furthermore, Soncino’s
commentary says the chapter is about the fall of Assyria
and the announcement of the birth of Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz.
is a figure who is loved and revered by billions of people the world over.Yet there is so much confusion surrounding
the status of this colossal personality.Muslims and Christians both hold Jesus in high regard but view him in
very different ways.
questions raised in this article aim to get to the heart of the issues
surrounding Jesus: Is Jesus God? Or was he sent by God? Who was the real
ambiguous verses of the Bible can be applied erroneously to show that Jesus is
in some way divine.But if we look at
the clear, direct verses of the Bible, we see again and again that Jesus is
being referred to as an extraordinary human being and nothing more.What emerges, when we consider the historical
and logical facts about Jesus’ life, is conclusive proof not only that Jesus
cannot be God, but that he never claimed to be either.
follows are five lines of reasoning which clarify this subject for us through
the Bible itself and thereby allow us to discover the real Jesus.
1.Jesus Never Calls Himself God
Bible (in spite of being changed and adulterated over time) contains many
verses in which Jesus speaks of God as a separate person to himself.Here are just a few of them:
man addressed Jesus as “Good Teacher”, he replied “Why do you call me good? No
one is good except the one God.’’ [Mark 10:18]
another instance he says: “I can’t do anything by myself.Whatever I hear, I judge, and my judgment is
just.I don’t seek my own will but the
will of the one who sent me.” [John 5:30]
speaks of God as a separate being to himself: I’m going up to my Father and
your Father, to my God and your God.[John 20:17]
this verse he affirms that he was sent by God: This is eternal life: to know
you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you sent. [John 17:3]
Jesus was God he would have told people to worship him, but he did the opposite
and disapproved anyone worshipping him: And in vain they worship Me [Matthew
Jesus claimed to be God than there should be hundreds of verses in the Bible
which would have mentioned it.But there
is not a single verse in the entire Bible in which Jesus says I am God, worship
2.Jesus as Son and Lord?
is sometimes referred to as ‘Lord’ in the Bible and at other times as ‘Son of
God’.God is called the ‘Father’, so
putting these names together it could be claimed that Jesus is the son of
God.But if we look at each of these
titles in context we will find that they are symbolic and not to be taken literally.
‘Son of God’ is a term used in ancient
Hebrew for a righteous person.God calls
Israel his ‘son’: This is
what the LORD says: Israel
is my oldest son.[Exodus 4:22].Also,
David is called the ‘Son of God’: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.’ [Psalm 2:7].In fact anyone who is righteous is referred to as God’s ‘son’: All who
are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters.[Romans 8:14].
same way, when the word ‘Father’ is used to refer to God it shouldn’t be taken
literally.Instead it’s a way of saying
God is the creator, sustainer, cherisher etc.There are many verses for us to understand this symbolic meaning of the
word ‘Father’, for example: one God and Father of all.[Ephesians 4:6].
is sometimes called ‘Lord’ by the disciples.‘Lord’ is a term used for God and also for people who are held in high
esteem.There are many examples of the
word ‘Lord’ being used for people in the Bible: So they (Joseph’s brothers)
went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house.“We beg your pardon, our lord,” they
said.[Genesis 43:19-20].Also, in other parts of the Bible, Jesus is
even called a ‘servant’ of God by the disciples: the God of our fathers, has
glorified his servant Jesus.[Acts
3:13].This clearly shows that when
‘Lord’ is used to refer to Jesus, it is a title of respect not of divinity.
3.The Nature of Jesus
nature of Jesus was totally different to that of God.There are many parts of the Bible that
highlight this difference in nature:
All-Knowing but Jesus by his own admission was not All-Knowing.This can be seen in the following passage
when Jesus says “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the
heavenly angels and not the Son.Only
the Father knows.” [Matthew 24:36]
independent and he doesn’t need sleep, food or water.Jesus however ate, drank, slept and depended
on God: As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father.[John 6:57].Another sign of Jesus’ dependence on God is that he prayed to God: Going
a little farther, he (Jesus) fell with his face to the ground and prayed
[Matthew 26:39].This shows that Jesus
himself sought help from God.God, being
the one who answers prayers does not need to pray to anyone.Also, Jesus said: I am going to the Father,
because the Father is greater than me.[John 14:28].
Bible is clear that God is unseen and is not a man: for no one may see me and
live.[Exodus 33:20], God is not a man
[Numbers 23:19].Jesus on the other hand
was a man who was seen by thousands of people, so he could not be God.Furthermore, the Bible makes it clear that
God is too great to be inside his creation: But how could God possibly live on
earth with people? If heaven, even the highest heaven, can’t contain you [2
Chronicles 6:18].According to this
verse Jesus cannot be God living on the earth.
the Bible calls Jesus a Prophet [Matthew 21:10-11], so how could Jesus be God
and be God’s Prophet at the same time? That wouldn’t make sense.
the Bible informs us that God does not change: I the Lord do not change.[Malachi 3:6:].Jesus however went through many changes in
his life such as age, height, weight etc.
are just some of the proofs within the Bible, which make it clear that the nature
of Jesus and God is completely different.Some people may claim that Jesus had both a human and a divine
nature.This is a claim that Jesus never
made, and is in clear contradiction to the Bible which maintains that God has
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