Probably the most common mistake of Christianity is the doctrine of the Trinity. It teaches that the father (God), the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit are one and the same person. Therefore, many Christians pray to Jesus instead of God. The following verses are often misinterpreted or reinterpreted to confirm this false doctrine. But is Jesus really God? The answer to this question should be clear, if you read the Bible carefully.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
I and my Father are one. (John 10:30)
If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (John 10:37-38)
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Is Jesus God? Why Jesus is not God
None of these verses express in any way that Jesus and God are one and the same entity. However, these verses contain a truth that remains hidden to the most people on earth. If you are born again and do what God tells you, He becomes a part of you (Hint: Yes, God speaks to his children; Note: He that is of God heareth God’s words. (John 8:47)). God is spirit and lives within his children. That’s why Jesus is a part of God and God is a part of him. Nevertheless, he himself is not God, nor is he equal to Him.
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18) NIV
Attention! A better translation of this verse states something else:
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. (John 1:18) KJV
You got to have a little bit of background knowledge to not get misled by this quote. As you can see, this verse is inconsistent by itself. It can easily be divided into two parts. It just doesn’t make sense to be in a close relationship with God while you are God. However, it is easier to distort a statement in the Bible than to twist the whole truth within it, having hundreds of rampaging Christians banging at the door. As mentioned earlier, God dwells in Jesus and Jesus dwells within God, which confirms that Jesus is in closest relationship with his Father.
The great Christian Persecution
After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, countless conflicts teared Christianity apart. Many churches started claiming to be in close contact with God, following His guidance. Rome was not able to tolerate the attitude that was spreading out in the population. They were considering it as a threat to their empire and authority. As a result, the Romans made a decree in which this statement was to be rewritten at the Council of Nicaea, just to make sure that no person would act on the authority of God and rebel against the emperor. After the decree of the Council, many Christians were confronted with the decision to either turn their backs on the truth they heard by their leader Jesus Christ or to be executed.
And again the same incidence:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) NIV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) KJV
Just a few sentences before the bible clarifies that everyone can be a child of God and follow the examples of Jesus:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)
Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?
At this point, it has to be mentioned that Jesus himself never claimed to be God. There is only one verse in the Bible that says that God and Jesus are one and the same person. And it is most likely that this verse was sophisticated on the above named council. It is not even spoken by himself (cf. John 1:18). For all statements that Jesus makes, there are either evidences of previous written scriptures in the Old Testament. Furthermore, it is a fact that Jesus was a Jew and he was strictly following the commandments of the Torah (Old Testament) which clearly say that you shouldn’t worship anything or anyone except the one and only God. He would have never accepted being equalized with His father or even dared to say that he was God.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. (Exodus 20:3-5)
Jesus also said that God had anointed him to fulfill the prophecies and commandments, not to make them undone. This proves that it never came to his mind to violate any of these laws. He even stated that any word spoken by the Father shall be ultimately and never perish:
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:12-23)
Is Jesus God? Jesus differences between him and the Father
He often prayed to the Father (God). This wouldn’t have been necessary if he was God himself. The following quote shows well that Jesus is not God. But it also reveals how manlike Jesus was, even though his spirit was greatly separated from humanity. He trusted God with all of his life.
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)
All of these examples state that Jesus is not God, but His fully obeying son. Jesus did only what his father told him to do and he always acted on the authority of God. He often emphasized it with statements like this ones:
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (John 5:30)
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:29-30)
And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. (John 8:16-18)
But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. (John 14:31)
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (John 8:40)
Jesus never wanted to be worshipped
God has revealed himself through Jesus, because it was too difficult for the people to believe in God without knowing Him or seeing His deeds. But the people didn’t understand that Jesus was seeking honor for His father and not for himself. It was only a question of time until people would start worshipping Jesus instead of his Father who had sent him. But Jesus strictly rejected that kind of behaviour. Yes, it even made him deeply upset.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29)
When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. (John 6:15)
I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. (John 8:50)
Neither Jesus nor any scripture given by God has ever said that we should worship anyone except the one and only God. Countless examples show clearly that Jesus is not God nor did he ever claim to be. However, people have never understood, that God lives in him and therefore He is a part of him. Even the Jews thought that Jesus was impersonating God and therefore they called him a blasphemer.
The majority of the people still doesn’t understand the message Jesus came for: Follow God with all of your heart, let Him live within you, listen to Him and obey His word.
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. (1. Corinthians 15:27-28)
Here you can find more proofs and evidences from the Bible why Jesus can’t be God: Jesus is not God – Bible verses and proofs
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