Is Jesus God

Is Jesus God ? Think About It !

That the Chris­tian­i­ty of today rests sole­ly on the the doc­trine of Jesus Christ, that he was God in human form and died on the cross as a suf­fer­ing deityEmery H. Ban­croft, Chris­t­ian The­ol­o­gy, Zon­der­van Pub­lish­ing House (1975), p. 95 – 156 need no longer be explained. 

How­ev­er, there is hard­ly a sin­gle state­ment where Jesus(P) had explic­it­ly stat­ed that he is God, although Chris­tians do bring out var­i­ous pas­sages in order to force this interpretation.

Did Jesus Claim To Be God ?

Did Jesus(P) real­ly make state­ments of his (alleged) deity regard­ing his sta­tus, the words, the will and the pow­er he used ? We urge you to con­sult your own Bible and ver­i­fy that the fol­low­ing con­clu­sions are not drawn out of context.

Words

John 7:16 — Jesus answered them and said, My doc­trine is not mine, but His who sent me.’ ”

John 14:24 — He who does not love me does not keep my words ; and the word which you hear is not mine but The Father’s who sent me.”

John 12:49 — For I have not spo­ken on my own author­i­ty ; but the Father who sent me gave me a com­mand, what I should say and what I should speak.”

Will

John 4:34 — Jesus said to them, My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to accom­plish His work.’ ”

John 6:38 — For I have come down from heav­en, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me.”

Luke 22:42 — Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from me ; nev­er­the­less not my will, but Yours, be done.”

Matthew 20:23 — “…But sit­ting at my right hand or my left is not mine to give. That is for those to whom it has been reserved by my Father.”

Pow­er

John 5:19 — Ver­i­ly, ver­i­ly I say unto you, the Son can do noth­ing of him­self, but what he seeth the Father do…”

John 5:30 — I can of myself do noth­ing. As I hear, I judge ; and my judg­ment is right­eous, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent me.”

John 8:42 — Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me, for I pro­ceed­ed and came forth from God ; I came not of my own accord, but He sent me.’ ”

John 15:2 — My Father takes away every branch in me that bears not fruit ; he purges it ; that it may bring forth more fruit.” Here, we see Jesus’ acknowl­edge­ment that he is an impe­fect sin­ner just like the rest of us ; he too must be purged and purified.

John 8:31 — You are deter­mined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God??? This verse is one of the most explic­it state­ments of Jesus deny­ing divin­i­ty for it clear­ly defines Jesus’ posi­tion that he is sub­ject to God and not God Him­self. One only has to ask a sim­ple ques­tion : Does God hears the truth from Himself ?

Knowl­edge

Mark 13:32 — But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heav­en, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Matthew 24:36 — But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heav­en, but My Father only.”

John 7:16 — So Jesus answered them, My teach­ing is not mine, but His who sent me.”

We quick­ly notice that accord­ing to the Bib­li­cal Jesus, God is omni­scient, but Jesus is not. God has a supe­ri­or intel­lect to Jesus ; in oth­er words, God knows some­thing that Jesus does not know. This is anoth­er clear proof that they are not equal beings.

Mosa­ic Law

The next few quotes from the Bible show us that Jesus(P) was a devout and learned Jew, a rabbi :

Jesus returned in the pow­er of the Spir­it to Galilee, and his rep­u­ta­tion spread through­out the region. He was teach­ing in their syn­a­gogues, and all were loud in his praise. He came to Nazareth where he had been reared, and enter­ing the syn­a­gogue on the sab­bath as he was in the habit of doing, he stood up to do the read­ing.” (Luke 4:14 – 16)

The wor­ship of God was always focal in his life, even as a child. The sec­ond chap­ter of Luke tells us a very touch­ing sto­ry of Jesus(P) as a pre­co­cious­ly wise child of twelve, sit­ting for days among the schol­ars. His fam­i­ly had acci­den­tal­ly left him in Jerusalem after their annu­al vis­it for the Passover. Near­ly fran­tic, they searched for him :

On the third day they came upon him in the tem­ple sit­ting in the midst of the teach­ers, lis­ten­ing to them and ask­ing them ques­tions. All who heard him were amazed at his intel­li­gence and his answers. When his par­ents saw him they were aston­ished, and his moth­er said to him : Son, why have you done this to us ? You see that your father and I have been search­ing for you in sor­row.” He said to them : Why did you search for me ? Did you not know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:46 – 49)

As he grew, Jesus…progressed steadi­ly in wis­dom and age and grace before God and men” (Luke 2:52). After he had matured, his opin­ion was sought, though per­haps not always respect­ful­ly, by tra­di­tion­al Jews. An exam­ple of this is John’s nar­ra­tion of the adul­ter­ous woman brought to Jesus for judgment.

Though they addressed him as Teacher,” they tried to trap him into say­ing some­thing which they could use against him. As he straight­ened up from where he had been writ­ing on the ground, he issued his famous judge­ment : Let him with­out sin cast the first stone.” Though they had come to trap him, the scribes and Phar­isees could not argue and drift­ed away, leav­ing the woman with­out harm­ing her. Even those who were hos­tile to his teach­ings respect­ed him.

Vis­i­bil­i­ty

While thou­sands saw Jesus and heard his voice, Jesus him­self said that this could not be done with God when he said :

John 1:18 — No man hath seen God at any time.”

John 5:37 — Ye have nei­ther heard His voice at any time nor seen His shape.”

John 4:24 — God is a spir­it and they that wor­ship Him must wor­ship Him in spir­it and in truth.”

Sta­tus

Jesus’ state­ments through­out the Bible sug­gest that any idea of exalt­ing him to divin­i­ty was unthink­able. Per­haps the clear­est indi­ca­tion we have that Jesus(P) and God are not equal, and there­fore not one and the same, come again from the mouth of Jesus(P) him­self who said these fol­low­ing words :

Matthew 7:21 — Not every­one who says to me, Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the king­dom of heav­en, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven.” 

Jesus(P) would not even accept the praise of a man who called him good :

Mark 10:18 — And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good ? No one is good but God alone.’ ”

If Jesus(P) would not even allow him­self to be called good, he cer­tain­ly would not claim divine qualities.

Sub­ju­ga­tion To The Father

Mark 12:29 — Jesus(P) said Hear O Israel : The Lord our God is one Lord.” The words our God” indi­cate that Jesus(P) had a high­er God over him, a stronger God than him. Jesus(P) did­n’t say Your God”. He said our God”, which includes Jesus as the cre­ation of God.

Oth­er sim­i­lar quotes :

Luke 22:42 — “…not my will but Thine be done”

John 5:30 — I seek not mine own will but the will of the Father which has sent me.”

John 7:16 — Jesus said : My doc­trine is not my own ; it comes from Him who sent me.’ ”

John 7:28 – 29 — “…I have not come of myself. I was sent by One who has the right to send, and Him you do not know. I know Him because it is from Him I come ; He sent me.”

John 8:50 — And I do not seek my own glo­ry ; there is One who seeks and judges.”

John 10:29 — My Father is greater than all.”

John 14:28 — My Father is greater than I.”

John 8:42 — I pro­ceed­ed forth and came from God, nei­ther came I of myself but He sent me.”

Matthew 10:40 ; Mark 9:37 ; Luke 9:48 ; John 13:20 — Who­ev­er wel­comes me wel­comes, not me, but Him who sent me.”

John 20:17 — “…Go to my broth­ers and tell them, I am ascend­ing to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”

If the above still would not con­vince you that Jesus is sub­ject to the Father, per­haps the next words of Jesus would defi­nate­ly prove that the One who sends is greater than the one who was sent :

Jesus said ; Tru­ly, tru­ly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his mas­ter ; nei­ther one who is sent greater than the One who sent him.’ ” (John 13:16)

That Jesus(P) would admit that he did not come into the world on his own ini­tia­tive but was direct­ed to do so, that he would acknowl­edge anoth­er being as greater than him­self, and that he would negate his own will in def­er­ence to affirm­ing the will of anoth­er, give clear proof that Jesus is not the Supreme One and there­fore Jesus is not God.

Con­clu­sion : Is Jesus God ?

So who was Jesus(P) then ? A man who told the truth which he heard from God.

In oth­er words, he was a mes­sen­ger of God. 

When a clear state­ment like this is issued from the lips of Jesus, why wran­gle with the pas­sages that are not so clear, and try to twist them to mean the oppo­site of what Jesus has been say­ing in oth­er clear vers­es all along ?

Any­one who wish to con­vince them­selves that Jesus(P) is God should look for clear evi­dence in the Bible to show that Jesus(P) is God. But the clear evi­dence is to the con­trary. The Bible teach­es again and again that Jesus(P) is not God, but a ser­vant of God (e.g. Matthew 12:18).

In the very next chap­ter of John 9:35, Jesus(P) declares that he is the Son of Man. And any­one who knows the Bible as the Israelites to whom Jesus spoke will know that a son of man can­not be God. The Bible declares that God is nei­ther a man nor a son of manNum­bers 23:19 :

How can he be called clean that is born of a woman ? Behold even the moon, and it shineth not ; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm ? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (Job 25:4 – 6)

There has long been a great deal of debate among Chris­t­ian the­olo­gians and schol­ars regard­ing the divin­i­ty of Jesus. This debate has inten­si­fied in recent years, and there seems to be an increas­ing­ly open con­cern over the truth of this doctrine. 

Some Chris­tians had even con­clud­ed that :

Jesus was (as he is pre­sent­ed in Acts 2:21) a man approved by God’ for a spe­cial role with­in the divine pur­pose, and…the lat­er con­cep­tion of him as God incar­nate, the Sec­ond Per­son of the Holy Trin­i­ty liv­ing a human life, is a mytho­log­i­cal or poet­ic way of express­ing his sig­nif­i­cance for us.John Hick (ed.), The Myth Of God Incar­nate, The West­min­ster Press (1977), p. ix

It is clear that Jesus(P) fol­lowed the Mosa­ic law and did not claim divin­i­ty. Accord­ing to the Bible, he was nei­ther omni­scient nor omnipotent. 

Giv­en the fact that nowhere in the Bible do we see a direct iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of Jesus as God, and that Jesus(P) strong­ly upheld all the com­mand­ments and empha­sized the First Com­mand­ment, we can only con­clude that the doc­trine of Jesus’ divin­i­ty has no foun­da­tion in the scrip­ture nor in the life and teach­ings of Jesus(P), and that this con­cept is an inno­va­tion in Chris­t­ian doc­trine.

And only God knows best. Is Jesus God? Think About It! 1

Cite this arti­cle as : Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi, Is Jesus God ? Think About It !,” in Bis­mi­ka Allahu­ma, Octo­ber 7, 2005, last accessed March 2, 2024, https://​bis​mikaal​lahu​ma​.org/​j​e​s​u​s​/​i​s​-​j​e​s​u​s​-​g​od/

Appen­dix : Theophilus Lind­sey’s A List of False Read­ing of the Scripture”

The fol­low­ing are the ques­tions extract­ed from Theophilus Lind­sey’s (17231808) A List of the False Read­ings of the Scrip­tures, and the Mis­trans­la­tions of the Eng­lish BibleAdapt­ed from Muham­mad Ata ur-Rahim, Jesus A Prophet of Islam, p. 166. Lind­sey asked those who wor­shipped Jesus(P) what their reac­tion would be if Jesus had appeared to them and asked the fol­low­ing questions :

  • Why did you address your devo­tions to me ? Did I ever direct you to do it, or pro­pose myself as an object of reli­gious worship ? 
  • Did I not uni­form­ly and to the last set you an exam­ple myself of pray­ing to the Father, to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God ? (John 20:17)
  • When my dis­ci­ples request­ed me to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1 – 2), did I teach them to pray to myself or to any oth­er per­son but the Father ?
  • Did I ever call myself God, or tell you that I was the mak­er of the world and to be worshipped ? 

Lind­sey’s belief in the Divine Uni­ty is evi­dent from these words of his :

The Infi­nite Cre­ator should be wor­shipped in all places for He is everywhere.…no place is more sacred than anoth­er, but every place sacred for the prayer. When­ev­er there is a devout hum­ble mind that looks to God, God is there. A mind free from sin is the true tem­ple of God. Endmark


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  1. Mansoor Avatar

    IN THE NAME OF ALLAH ALMIGHTY,MOST GRACIOUS,MOST MERCIFUL

    MAY PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH ALMIGHTY BE ON ALL OF YOU,

    IS JESUS(PEACE BE UPON HIM) GOD?MY ANSWER IS VERY STRAIGHT NO

    OPEN CHALLENGES TO CHRISTIANS

    1.Can you bring me the Pas­sage where Jesus says I am God

    2.Can you bring me the verse where Jesus said God is three in One

    3.Can you bring me the verse where Jesus claims to have dual natures i.e. ful­ly man and ful­ly God

    MAY ALLAH ALMIGHTY GUIDE ALL THE CHRISTIANS TO ISLAM

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