Does The Bible Deny The Divinity of Jesus?

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Jehovah Witnesses, support their false view of Christ, in part, on their false translation of Scripture: The seven translations of Scripture we have chosen for comparison are recognized to be the most accurate in the English language. Together they represent more than Bible scholars from a wide variety of denominations and countries. Further support for the divinity of Christ are the attributes that Jesus shares with God the Father. Below are a few examples.

In fact, in Isaiah This is an unmistakable declaration of the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Jesus received worship from both angels and mankind. Scripture teaches that God alone has the authority to forgive sin. Who can forgive sins but God alone? In the above verse Jesus told his disciples that he wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in his name he would be present. This is impossible for an angel or man to accomplish.

Here are a few examples. See also Isaiah When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

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And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: Closely related to First and Last is the title Alpha and Omega. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega the last, hence the relationship to First and Last. There are 3 references to the title Alpha and Omega in the book of Revelation:. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. To him be honor and eternal dominion. They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful. Another title that is used for both God the Father and God the Son. The Scripture teaches that Jesus was both fully man and fully God.

The few examples that we have outlined above make this fact abundantly clear. It is equally clear that the New World Translation has deliberately attempted to bury this cardinal Christian doctrine. All references to the worship of Jesus have been systematically deleted or obscured in the NWT. Another clear false insertion to obscure the meaning of the text. All [ other ] things have been created through him and for him.

A clear attestation to the deity of Jesus. It clearly attempts to dull the implication the unity between Jesus and God. The Attributes of Jesus. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth Genesis 1: Peter stood up with the eleven disciples and addressed the crowd saying: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.

It was God, therefore, who did the miracles through Jesus to convince people that Jesus was backed by God. Peter did not see the miracles as proof that Jesus is God. For he always turns the title God away from Jesus. Take the following references for example: In both passages, the title God is turned away from Jesus. So why he did this, if Jesus was God? For Peter, Jesus was a servant of God. The title servant refers to Jesus. This is clear from a previous passage where Peter declared: They always spoke of God as the only God.

Here, as in Matthew Matthew tells us that Jesus was the same servant of God spoken of in Isaiah The Old Testament repeatedly says that God is alone e. All of the disciples of Jesus held this view. If Jesus was God, his disciples should have said this clearly. We are told in Acts: Did they fear men? They boldly preached the truth fearing neither imprisonment nor death. When they faced opposition from the authorities, Peter declared: The God of our fathers raised Jesus Were they lacking the Holy Spirit?

They were supported by the Holy Spirit see Acts 2: Christians and Muslims agree that God is all-powerful and all-knowing. The Gospels show that Jesus was not all-powerful, and not all-knowing, since he had some limitations. Mark tells us in his gospel that Jesus was unable to do any powerful work in his hometown except few things: Mark also tells us that when Jesus tried to heal a certain blind man, the man was not healed after the first attempt, and Jesus had to try a second time see Mark 8: Therefore, although we hold a great love and respect for Jesus, we need to understand that he is not the all-powerful God.

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Therefore, Jesus could not have been the all-knowing God. Some will say that Jesus knew when the last day will occur, but he chose not to tell. But that complicates matters further. Jesus could have said that he knows but he does not wish to tell. Instead, he said that he does not know. We must believe him. Jesus does not lie at all. The Gospel of Luke also reveals that Jesus had limited knowledge. Luke says that Jesus increased in wisdom Luke 2: In Hebrews too Hebrews 5: He knows everything always. So, if Jesus learned something new, that proves that he did not know everything before that, and thus he was not God.

Another example for the limited knowledge of Jesus is the fig tree episode in the Gospels. Mark tells us as follows: Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. It is clear from these verses that the knowledge of Jesus was limited on two counts.

First, he did not know that the tree had no fruit until he came to it. Second, he did not know that it was not the right season to expect figs on trees. Can he become God later? Because there is only one God, and He is God from everlasting to everlasting see Psalms Someone may say that Jesus was God but he took the form of a servant and therefore became limited. Well, that would mean that God changed. But God does not change. God said so according to Malachi 3: Jesus never was God, and never will be.

In the Bible, God declares: The Bible clearly shows that Jesus was not all-powerful and all-knowing as the true God should be.

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Some will say that this whole discussion over the divinity of Jesus is unnecessary. They say, the important thing is to accept Jesus as your personal savior. Failure to understand this would be to violate the first and greatest of all the commandments in the Bible. This commandment was emphasized by Jesus, on whom be peace, when a teacher of the Law of Moses asked him: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Notice that Jesus was quoting the first commandment from the book of Deuteronomy 6: Jesus confirmed not only that this commandment is still valid, but also that it is the most important of all the commandments.

If Jesus thought that he himself is God, why did not he say so? Instead, he stressed that God is one. The man who questioned Jesus understood this, and what the man says next makes it clear that God is not Jesus, for he said to Jesus: Now if Jesus was God, he would have told the man so. Instead, he let the man refer to God as someone other than Jesus, and he even saw that the man had spoken wisely: If Jesus knew that God is a trinity, why did not he say so?

Why did not he say that God is one in three, or three in one?

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Instead, he declared that God is one. They will not add the word three where Jesus never said it. Does salvation depend on this commandment? Yes, says the Bible! Jesus made this clear when another man approached Jesus to learn from him see Mark The man fell on his knees and said to Jesus: No one is good — except God alone. By so saying, Jesus made a clear distinction between himself and God. Remember that the most important of all the commandments, according to Jesus, is to know God as the only God.

Jesus further emphasized this in the Gospel According to John. Then in verse three, he said to God as follows: This proves beyond doubt that if people want to get eternal life they must know that the One, whom Jesus was praying to, is the only true God, and they must know that Jesus was sent by the true God. But Jesus said that the Father alone is the only true God. True followers of Jesus will follow him in this too. Jesus had said that his true followers are those who hold to his teachings.

His teaching is that people must continue to keep the commandments, especially the first commandment which emphasizes that God is alone, and that God should be loved with all our hearts and all our strengths. We love Jesus, but we must not love him as God. Today many love Jesus more than they love God. This is because they see God as a vengeful person who wanted to exact a penalty from them, and they see Jesus as the savior who rescued them from the wrath of God. Yet God is our only savior. According to Isaiah And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.

Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. The Quran confirms the first commandment and addresses it to all humankind see the Holy Quran 2: And God declares that true believers love Him more than anyone else or anything else Quran 2: But this is not fair to Paul, because Paul clearly believed that Jesus is not God.

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: It is clear from this that the title God applies not to Christ Jesus, but to someone else. In the following chapter, he again differentiates between God and Jesus when he says: Paul then went on to speak of the second appearance of Jesus: Again, the title God is deliberately turned away from Jesus. What is more important, however, is to notice what Paul said about God in the following passage, which clearly shows that Jesus is not God: To him be honor and might forever. Paul said that God alone is immortal. Immortal means he does not die.

Now, anyone who believes that Jesus died cannot believe that Jesus is God.

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Such a belief would contradict what Paul said here. Furthermore, to say that God died is a blasphemy against God. Who would run the world if God died? Paul believed that God does not die. Paul also said in that passage that God dwells in unapproachable light — that no one has seen God or can see him.

Paul knew that many thousands of people had seen Jesus.

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Clearly, for Paul, Jesus was not God, and he would be shocked to see his writings used for proving the opposite of what he believed. Paul even testified in court saying: He also said that Jesus is the servant of that God, for we read in Acts: For Paul, the Father alone is God. But the very passage shows that Jesus is not God. This passage has to agree with Isaiah Paul was aware of this passage, for he quoted it in Romans Knowing this, Paul declared: The letter to the Hebrews Hebrews 1: But this passage depends on Deuteronomy