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Is Jesus God?

That is a great question and not one to be answered by anything written by anyone but answered by the word’s attributed to Jesus himself. My reason for that approach is easily seen by the lax translation throughout the New Testament and the wanton use of god versus God.To begin I must justify what I said above regarding god versus God and since the New Testament is written in Greek, I am going to use that language [don’t worry I am not gonna start quoting verses in Greek]. As always a great place to start is in the beginning. So let’s turn to John 1:1.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Seems pretty self explanatory and I will quote just one Greek verse as a transliteration.

En arche en ho logos, kai ho logos en pros ton theon, kai theos en ho logos.

Forgive me, I will only post this one Greek verse. First thing we notice is god appears as both theos [ho theos] and ton theon. What was the reason both were translated as God instead of one as God and the other as god? As I said I will not start quoting Greek verse but I will cite 2 Corinthians 4:4 where it refers to Satan as god of this world and we see the Greek used the word theos [ho theos] and the translation was god not God. Seems to me that any consistent translation would use the same capitalization and it is for that reason and that reason alone that this question of Jesus being god must be answered by Jesus own words.

Nowhere in the bible do we read the words of Jesus where he claimed to be god nor asked to be worshiped. We do read in Matthew 19:17 the words of Jesus saying

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Which is a clear and unambiguous statement by Jesus himself that he is not good only God is good. As was said to me earlier this morning by a Christian woman, perhaps Jesus was referring to god the father being good as Jesus was less perfect than the father. To that I ask how is Jesus god when god is said to be perfect?

Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

The Last Temptation Of Christ, Mel Gibson Was Wrong

This question can’t be answered by the words so let’s turn to a few of his actions. Not giving any verses as reference since they can easily be looked up by anyone interested, we see Jesus being tired, getting tempted, sleeping, getting hungry, sorrowful, weeping, etc. All human activities yet can one say god weeps, is sorrowful, sleeps, gets tempted, gets tired and gets hungry? The last one eating is a point I would like to explore in more detail. In the beginning [yes in Genesis this time] god created the seasons. To put it simply, the season a tree bears fruit was a ‘law’ given by god [bet you see where this is going]. We read in Mark 11:12-14

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

So to paraphrase, here we have god cursing a fig tree for following god’s ‘law’ not to bear fruit out of season? C’mon, tell me how this is the action of god. Besides, if he was god why didn’t he know figs were not in season? Before anyone claims that Jesus used the phrase I am, I will say so did Popeye and anyone that claims he is god is one seriously scary individual so Jesus did not claim to be god nor ask for worship by saying it. Now where do we get the idea Jesus is god? It isn’t because he was referred to as lord as even a casual glance shows many being called lord in the Old Testament.

The divinity of Jesus is a concept introduced by Paul. Throughout his epistles it is a recurring theme. Anyone familiar with the history of the writings of the bible knows that Paul’s epistles make up over 70% of the New Testament and were written before any of the 4  gospels. In view of that, Paul’s ideas have ‘colored’ the 4 gospels as can clearly been seen if one only removes their Christian goggles that try to understand a Jewish book through Greek eyes.

I asked in my previous article The Church: A hou/se who do Christians really worship? Again I will ask the same question and another, are you basing your belief that Jesus is god based on what Jesus said or on what Paul taught? The miracles attributed to Jesus are not signs he is god nor are they signs he was sent of god. He said in Matthew 24:11 that And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Which is telling us signs or miracles prove nothing. Perhaps it was even a warning about Paul?

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18 Responses

  1. VERY good post…it always amazes me how far some go to justify their beliefs and to condemn others’. I chat on Twitter alot and many even rewrite history to fulfill what they WANT to believe instead of taking what is there… Biased research does no one any good…but if they want to walk around in a trance believing whatever told to them by certain people let them have at it…just don’t bother me LOL.

  2. I have more than enough reason to believe that Jesus is God, one of those reasons is Isaiah 9:6 which was written 750 years before the birth of Christ.
    “For unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

    Here are some more reasons

    http://redeemthetime.net/jesus-god/

    • Yes it says that in Isaiah but where are the words from Jesus own mouth that say eith I am god or worship me?

      • John 8:58 Jesus said “before Abraham was I AM” He said this to a group of Jewish leaders who by referencing Exodus 3:14 knew exactly what Jesus was saying.

        My link has all that info, I could copy and paste it but I don’t think the links would work.

      • That is not Jesus making any claim to be god. Popeye said the same, did he claim to be god? I am is a Jewish idiom and it would really behoove you to study what it means.

      • Anyone could make that claim, Jesus (even though He did) didn’t have to, everyone else was saying it for Him, even His enemies.

      • Would that mean you can’t provide any words of Jesus claiming to be god or asking for worship?

      • He did claim to be God “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” John 14:9
        He received worship, Matthew 15:25-26 is just on example.

      • Read the context of what he said to Philip. The ending of verse 9 which you conveniently omitted says Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?. To put it simply, Jesus said in a purely semitic fashion, why are you asking me such a silly question.

      • Yes, that claim was made in 10:33. But apparently you didn’t read anything written after.

      • “The Father in Me and I in Him” verse 38..they’re one in the same.

      • Which means they are two separate people. And now, you just forced me to ban you. Why is it Christians think they can do anything they want even when they are told otherwise?

  3. He didn’t rebuke those who did worship Him, He even told Satan in Matthew’ gospel that you should only worship God.

    • Dave,

      I am quickly growing weary of your circular baloney. Are you going to provide a bible reference to where Jesus said he was god or said to worship him. No other response besides yes or no is necessary or will be accepted.

      • Read John 8: 56-58 and read Exodus 3:13-14 and you tell me what Jesus is saying.

      • The same thing Popeye said. Ok Dave, either you provide the bible verse where Jesus beyond any question said that he is god and to worship him or admit that you can’t otherwise it will be your last post on this blog.

  4. Has a matter of fact the Jewish leaders accused Him of blasphemy because He made Himself out to be God, this was the only charge that they brought against Him when He was on trial.

  5. Jesus never claimed to be God…
    He taught that we are all One and that we are also gods…
    He never claimed to be the Creator…
    God was also a title back then and didn’t always mean The Creator when mentioned….just like in your Isaiah verse->

    “For unto us a Child is born unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

    If they were talking about The Creator God…why would they put it in the middle of a line of other lesser titles?
    Jesus was about awareness, Paul turned it into religion, and Constantine made it a political tool…too bad most follow the latter 2…

    Most who followed Jesus didn’t believe he was God until after Paul introduced that thought after Jesus’ death. This was a ploy to gain followers and was part of the reason why there was a separation. Many Christians didn’t care to follow Paul, including Jesus’ family. The only reason Paul’s version was more accepted is because he was seated in Rome.

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