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Who was Jesus?
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11/25/2014 5:43:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Christians claim that Jesus is the Son of God and God as well. But let's read what the Bible says:
"Everyone who believes"that Jesus is the Christ"is born of God,and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. (1 John 5:1)
The above verse says that Jesus Christ is the son of God.
And John 14:28 says:" You heard me say, "I am going away and I am coming back to you."If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father,"for the Father is greater than I"
In the above verse, Jesus says:" Father is greater than I". He cleary says that He and God are not the same. God is greater than Jesus.
And also we read in Luke 24:19 that:" What things?""he asked "About Jesus of Nazareth,""they replied. "He was a prophet powerful in word and deed before God and all the people."
Finally, the above verse mentions that Jesus was just a Prophet, not Son of God.
Ok, which one is true?
Let's believe Jesus was the son of God. Was he the only begotten son of God?
In the book of Psalms 2:7 we find:" I will proclaim the Lord"s decree: He said to me, "You are my son; today I have become your father." David, in this verse, is saying that God had told him he was the son of God and God has begotten him. Clearly Jesus is not the only begotten son of God.
Of course, one could say that although Jesus was not the only begotten son of God, he had no human father in contrast to David who had a human father. That is true! Since Jesus had no human father it makes the relationship between him and God a closer one. The question is what about Adam? Adam had no human father nor a human mother, and according to the Bible he too was the son of God. The Bible says, "Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry."He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli," (Luke 3:23) The Bible goes on to mention the supposed genealogy of Jesus. At the end of this genealogy the Bible comes to Adam, and it says, "Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God." (Luke 3:38). So Adam is also the son of God. According to the assumption: "because Jesus had no human father then he is closer to God than David who had a human father," we can safely conclude that Adam is better than Jesus because he didn't have a human father or mother.
Was Jesus the only born son of God or the only son of God?
The verse in 1 John 5:1 says, "...Jesus is the Christ is born of God." This indicates that Jesus was born of God, but was Jesus the only born son of God? Let's look at what Bible says:
God talking to Moses:" Then say to Pharaoh, "This is what the"Lord"says: Israel is my firstborn son, and I told you, "Let my son go,"so he may worship"me." But you refused to let him go; so I will kill your firstborn son."" (Exodus 4:22-23)
Also, God talking about David:" And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted"of the kings"of the earth. (Psalms 89:27)
In both Exodus 4:22-23 and Psalms 89:27 Israel and David, respectively, were regarded as the first born sons of God. This means that Jesus was not the only born son of God. This means that the word "born" does not mean conception. It"s just a form of expression God used to show the closeness of people to Him.
Finally, there were many other people mentioned in the bible as sons of God, and one of them was Solomon: " But you will have a son who will be a man of peace"and rest,"and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet"during his reign." (1 Chronicles 22:9)
" He is the one who will build a house for my Name."He will be my son,"and I will be his father. And I will establish"the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever." (1 Chronicles 22:10)
Also, remember that some of these verses are taken from the Old Testament, and that this book was originally written in Hebrew. Had the word born or son meant born or son in a literal sense then the Jews would have been ahead of everyone else in claiming their literal sonship to God, or in claiming the literal sonship of Solomon to God. The Jews know their language, and they know what son means. They know that the word "son" should not be taken literally.
What does begotten mean?
If Jesus is not the only begotten son of God and not the only born son of God, then what does begotten or born mean? Should the two words be taken literally? The only way we can justify these words is by looking at the Bible again. In 1 Peter 1:3 the Bible says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!"In his great mercy"he has given us new birthinto a living hope"through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." The word begotten is also used here. God can beget us unto lively hope. Does the word "begotten" here mean conception? No. It is a form of expression. This word means "gave rise to" or "brought".
Also in Job 38:28, the Bible says, " Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?" Can the drops of dew be begotten? No. It's just a form of expression. Rain does not have a father nor are drops of dew begotten in a literal sense.
If we cannot take the word begotten in literal sense with David, the drops of dew, or "us unto a lively hope" then why should we take Jesus as the literal begotten son of God?
Finally, in the book Revelation 1:5 says, " and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,"the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us"and has freed us from our sins by his blood." Why is it that when Jesus is mentioned as being begotten of God it is taken literally, and when he is mentioned that he is begotten from the dead it is not taken literally? The truth is because the word begotten here does not mean any one could be conceived of the dead; it is a form of expression. The same thing with God, He begets not, and this word "begotten" is only a form of expression.
Who was Jesus if not the literal son of God?
According to the Bible in Matthew 21:11 " The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet"from Nazareth in Galilee." This was Jesus. He was a prophet of God. He was sent like other prophets to deliver the message of his ONE and only ONE God (glory be to Him). Also, in Luke 24:19 the Bible says " 19""What things?""he asked, "About Jesus of Nazareth,""they replied. "He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people."
Jesus was a true messenger of God. He was sent by Him to deliver His will. The Bible says in John 5:30 " By myself I can do nothing;"I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just,"for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me." These are the true characteristics of a prophet. They do as they are commanded. They are sent to deliver a message, and the only difference between them and other humans is their utmost righteousness, "mighty in deed and word" (Luke 24:19). They are the best of all the people of their time. They are the only ones who could bear and act upon the commandments of God completely and fully. They are loved by God because of that, and their nearness to God comes from that."
The same applies to all other prophets. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ismael, Isaac, Jacob, Jonah, Moses, Jesus, Jonas, Muhammad and all the other prophets shared the same qualities. The qualities of those who could withstand all forms of tribulations in God's name. They all fully abided by what God has commanded them.