Asked • 01/11/21

Why Christians believe that Jesus is God? While the Bible says otherwise.

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Acts, Chapter 3, Verse 13 The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, though he had determined to release him; (Codex Sinaiticus - Dated to early 3rd century).


Acts 3:13 (NKJV) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.


Acts 3:13 NIV The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.


Acts 3:26 NIV When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”


Didache chapter 9:1 Concerning the Eucharist (communion) give thanks like this: First for the cup: We give thanks to You, our Father, for Your holy vine of David, Your servant, which You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant. Glory to You forever.

Concerning the broken bread: We give thanks to You, our Father, for the life and knowledge that You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant. Glory to You forever.


Didache chapter 10:1 After you are filled, give thanks like this: We thank you, Holy Father, for Your Holy name which you made to dwell in our hearts, and for knowledge and faith and immortality as You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant. Glory to You forever.


Link: The Didache | EWTN <https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/didache-12503>.


The oldest Bible has been found in Palestine: https://www.youtube.comwatch?v=ogXWwKcHPNc

Oldest Bible found in Palestine - Jesus was a servant of God and not God himself - Trinity False - YouTube


Didache - The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - Written in Aramaic language - the language spoken at Jerusalem in the first century by Jesus and his Apostles. The Didache is dated to the 12 Apostles time - The original copy could be found at the Orthodox Headquarter in Jerusalem. The Didache is oldest surviving manuscript.

Sorita D.

Trinity has pagan roots. It is not a Bible teaching, but it was adopted by Christendom in the fourth century. However, long before that, there were trinities in ancient Babylon, Egypt, and other places. Christendom thus incorporated a pagan concept into its teachings. This was instigated by Roman emperor Constantine, who was not interested in the truth about this matter but wanted to solidify his empire made up of pagans and apostate Christians. Far from being a development of a Christian teaching, the Trinity was evidence that Christendom had apostatized from the teachings of Christ and had adopted pagan teachings instead.Another scripture the churches use is John 5:18. It says that the Jews wanted to kill Jesus because “he was also calling God his own Father, making himself equal to God.” Who was saying that Jesus was making himself equal to God? Not Jesus. He clears this up in the very next verse (Joh 5:19) by stating: “The Son cannot do a single thing of his own initiative, but only what he beholds the Father doing.” So Jesus did not claim that he was almighty God or equal to Him. He was showing the Jews that they were mistaken, that he was not God, but that he was the Son of God, and as God’s spokesman, he could not act on his own initiative. Can we imagine the almighty God of the universe saying that he could do nothing of his own initiative? So the Jews made a charge, and Jesus refuted it.The churches often cite John 10:30 to try to support the Trinity, although no mention is made of any third person in that verse. There Jesus said: “I and the Father are one.”Jesus meant that he was one in thought and purpose with his Father. This can be seen at John 17:21, 22, where Jesus prayed to God that his disciples “may all be one, just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am in union with you, that they also may be in union with us . . . that they may be one just as we are one.” The same idea is expressed at 1 Corinthians 1:10, where Paul states that Christians ‘should all speak in agreement, and that there should not be divisions among them, but that they should be fitly united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.’ So when Jesus said that he and his Father were one, he did not mean that they were the same person, just as when he said that his disciples should become one he did not mean that they were the same person.
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01/26/21

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Rachel V. answered • 03/16/21

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Fawzy S.

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Well, if you believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, you have to believe what it says. Accordingly, the Bible contains no mistakes. So, if Acts 3:13 says that Jesus is the servant of God, you cannot assume otherwise. Also, why Jesus cried out for help in Mark 15:34 from his God - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? So, do you think that a God will cry out for the help of another God? Acts 3:13 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/acts/3-13.html The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. Mark 15:34 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/mark/15-34.html 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). This is a theological not a philosophical question.
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03/16/21

Rachel V.

Fawzy S. The Bible is the inerrant word of God and has no mistakes. Jesus was a servant. Because he was not just God. He was 100% man and 100% God. He could die because he was 100% man. And he could pay for sin because he was 100% God. He was a servant. And he did pray to God. Not because he was a subordinate, but because he was our example. He showed his dependence on God the Father and his need for the Holy Spirit because that is what we need. He is our perfect example. He was a servant to show that the Christian is a servant. You also must realize the emphasis of each of the Gospel records. Matthew portrays Christ as the conquering King. While Mark portrays him as a servant. Luke as a perfect man. And John as God. These emphasis changed based on the perspective of the reader and the purpose for which the book was written. And on the Cross. Jesus was asking the Father why He had forsaken him. The answer of course is that God is Holy and God the Father cannot be in the presence of sin. And if Jesus is not God, then how could He pay for sin? He can’t be only human, because all humans are sinners. And a sinner cannot pay for another’s sin. He can’t just be an Angel because angels cannot receive worship. Several times in scripture, it is stated that worship belongs to God alone. So if Jesus was not God, then why did He deserve our worship? And why did He accept worship? If Jesus had not been God, then accepting the worship of men would be blasphemy which is a sin, then disqualifying Him from paying for our sin. Basically, if Jesus is not God. Then sin is not paid for (since only someone without sin could take the punishment for sin). Making the entire Christian faith null and void. Because we can only have hope and Salvation through Jesus the God-man. Attacking Jesus as God is not simply a theological decision. It is a decision that attacks the entire basis of Soteriology. Either Jesus is God, or He was an imposter. There is no reasonable middle ground. Jesus is God. He is the second person of the Godhead, the Almighty God, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, and without Him, there is no Christian faith. There is no hope, no salvation, no eternal security, no heavenly home. I respect your opinion, but I must respectfully disagree. I believe that Jesus is God. Not just because it is necessary to the basis of Christian doctrine, but also because it is Biblically correct. Jesus is Equal with God in every sense of the word. And He is God the Son.
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04/01/21

Paige K.

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Hello, Fawzy. Just wanted to clarify your answer: are you saying Jesus is just a prophet and not divine, or Jesus's role as a prophet is in addition to His divine nature?
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01/21/21

Fawzy S.

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Jesus told us that he is the son of man John 8:28 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/john/8-28.html So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. Jesus last words at the cross are my God, my God. Jesus cried for the help of his creator. Can a god cry for help OR die on a cross? Matthew 27:46 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/27-46.htm About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 15:34 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/mark/15-34.html And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). The author of the Gospel of Mark did not recognize Jesus as a divine figure. The words “son of God” did not appear in the fourth century Codex Sinaiticus. Therefore, Codex Sinaiticus did not contain these words. Nevertheless, the forged Bible contains these words. Codex Sinaiticus (A forth century Bible) Mark, Chapter 1, Verse 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, 1:2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way: Mark 1:1 NIV https://www.biblestudytools.com/mark/1-1.html The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, Codex Sinaiticus link: https://codexsinaiticus.org/en/search.aspx?dd_books=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;searchTarget=transl&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;searchquery=The+beginning+of+the+gospel+of+Jesus+Christ&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;x=118&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;y=6
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01/22/21

Paige K.

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I absolutely understand where you&apos;re coming from. However, Scripture teaches that Jesus willingly subjected Himself to taking human form. One of the hardest things to wrap our brain around (or me, at least!) is that Jesus was fully God AND fully man. The sins of man had to be atoned for by a sacrifice- a perfect sacrifice that committed no wrong. Since Jesus is fully God (divine) and only God is perfect, Jesus was able to fulfill that sacrifice with the shedding of His blood. &quot;He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.&quot; (II Corinthians 5:21) However, Jesus also had to be fully man for a few reasons. First of all, He had to fulfill the prophecy about the Messiah coming from the line of David. &quot;Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.&quot; (Isaiah 9:7). Matthew 1:1 records the fulfillment of this prophecy, &quot;This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:&quot;. Secondly, no man can see God in His magnificent glory. &quot;But He said, &apos;You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!&apos;&quot; (Exodus 33:20) In order for God to reveal Himself to mankind, Jesus had to take on a body of flesh. &quot;The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.&quot; (John 1:14) Secondly, Old Testament law states that without the shedding of blood, sin cannot be atoned for. &quot;...it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.&quot; (Leviticus 17:11) However, the blood of bulls and goats could only cover sin for a temporary time; Jesus Christ came to earth to be the ultimate blood sacrifice, once and for all. Hebrews 10:1-18 sums this up perfectly; I put the link below since it&apos;s a longer passage: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=hebrews+10%3A1-18&amp;version=NIV When Jesus cried out, &quot;My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?&quot; in Mark 15:34, He was confirming the fact that the members of the Trinity are separate entities, even though They are one. The Trinity is so incredibly hard to understand because we don&apos;t have anything in our physical world that replicates the Trinity and that we can observe with our senses, yet if we could understand everything about God, He wouldn&apos;t really be worthy of worship. &quot;&apos;For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,&apos; declares the LORD.&quot; (Isaiah 55:8) Something I wanted to point out is that Jesus is actually uncreated. John 1:1-3 says, &quot;In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.&quot; There are two categories of items in this passage: things that were never created, and things that were created. God belongs in the first category, and basically everything else in the second. So, where does Jesus belong? Jesus didn&apos;t create Himself (He wouldn&apos;t be with the &quot;everything else&quot; category), so He must be in the category with God (things that were never created). I really hope this helps. Have a wonderful week, Fawzy!
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01/25/21

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