Answering a Muslim's question about Jesus Christ and His Divinity
I found a Muslim posting this question on Quora:
İf Jesus is the God why the Bible says that
“the Father is greater than I”
‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.
(1 Corinthians 8:4)
Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;
The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that He is One, and there is no one else besides Him;
since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.
Before I address our Muslim friend’s question, I need to give some brief background here.
A few years ago, I Blogged about a debate between a Muslim Scholar and a Christian scholar regarding the divinity of Jesus Christ which ultimately came down to 1 God which is scripture as GODHEAD vs 3 God’s existing a one which is the Trinity and is NOT scripture. Needless to say, the Muslim won the debate handily in my opinion as well as many others. I was accused by several Christians as being a Muslim posing as a Christian using Taqiyya.
I invite you to read and study this.
Why I as a Christian say a Muslim Scholar won the Trinity vs Tawhid Debate. Dr. David Woods Debate with Muslim Scholar Mohammed Hijab
Please see the full debate and my commentary throughout. I have multiple studies on why the GODHEAD IS Biblical and the Trinity is NOT but a polytheistic pagan philosophy. Read the warning of Paul in Colossians 2:8KJV about philosophy and not after Christ. This is directly linked to the GODHEAD in Colossians 2:9 KJV.
Any decent Muslim or Jewish scholar knows that the concept of Trinity is Pagan and Polytheistic. This tremendous debate between Mohammed Hijab defending the Tawhid against the Trinity with Dr. Woods. By simply using scripture out of the Bible the Muslim presented impossible arguments to defend by the philosophical theory of the trinity. The gentleman here is doing the same thing. I will get to John 14 and 15 here below. Interesting because usually Muslims shy away from the book of John when debating the divinity of Jesus Christ as GOD incarnate.
Why? Because the primary focus of the Gospel of John is to prove the divinity of Jesus Christ. As T.A. Robertson wrote: “John helps us see Jesus and thus see God. Amen! Just examine the opening of John Chapter 1 KJV: …” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Nevertheless, I’m glad our Muslim friend gives us John to start with his question. What we need to do is stick to scripture as our Muslim friend here is doing and tell our Muslim and Jewish friends that the GODHEAD is Biblical, and the word and concept Trinity appears nowhere in scripture.
Trinity was formulated as 3 separate PERSONS by a philosopher from Carthage named Tertulian in the 2nd Century and fully endorsed by the Vatican into the 3rd century. What’s even more bizarre is the Oxford Dictionary on pages 2140 -2141 define the word person as a living physical BODY. And state that the word person was applied to the “theory” of trinity by Tertulian in the 2nd Century AD. Today this concept is sadly adapted as doctrine. The early church did not practice or use this word.
There is ONLY 1 GOD and JESUS CHRIST IS THE VISIBLE IMAGE OF GOD. Colossians 1:15 KJV, For IN Jesus Christ dwells the FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY… There is ONLY 1 PERSON - BODY and that is the physical form of Jesus Christ who has existed before time and forever into the future.
I also have a tremendous study on this in my link above titled: Come meet my Kinsman Redeemer.” Here’s a short excerpt:
My Kinsman Redeemer is Jesus Christ
Adam and Eve saw Him first and hid themselves from Him. Yes from the presence of the Lord God. God is a Spirit and no man has seen him. Who they saw was Him, my Kinsman Redeemer the VISIBLE IMAGE of God.
Abraham saw and honored my Kinsman Redeemer as the Lord, who came with the two angels. Shaken, Abraham bowed down and gave food and drink to Him and called my Kinsman Redeemer Yahweh, appearing as man.
Hagar, pregnant with her son Ishmael, alone and humiliated in the desert after suffering the abuse of abandonment from Abraham and Sarah, saw and received comfort from my Kinsman Redeemer. She called Him, God who sees because He not only knew her name, acknowledged her as a person instead of a slave, but He also cared for her, comforted her and gave her hope.
He was the man that Jacob wrestled with all night and would bless Jacob and change his name to Israel. Saying, “for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Jacob said this of my Kinsman Redeemer: “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”
Moses was called by my Kinsman Redeemer from the burning bush, saying, "Moses, Moses, ...Here am I. . I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. When Moses asked my Kinsman Redeemer what he should call him, God said, "Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." and over one thousand years later, my Kinsman Redeemer told the Pharisees, "Before Abraham was, I AM."
My Kinsman Redeemer appeared to the parents of Samson, the strongest man who ever lived. Yes it was my Kinsman Redeemer who told Samson’s father that His name was secret, not to be revealed at such a time. Samson’s father thought he had seen an angel but later realizes he has seen and spoken in person to God.
My Kinsman Redeemer was the fourth man inside of the fiery furnace heated seven-times more as was witnessed and spoken by King Nebuchadnezzar, “the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
FOR MORE AMAZING EVENTS OF JESUS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT PLEASE READ LINK.
For our Muslim friend please note that HAGAR and ISHMAEL were cast out of the abode of Abraham, and it was Jesus Christ who comforted her.
Okay to answer our Muslim friend: Yes, Jesus Christ is GOD INCARNATE. The visible image of God as I’ve stated. The reason the Bible says in John 14:28 “the Father is greater than I” is that Jesus came as a servant and obedient unto death. Philippians 2:8 KJV
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus Christ came as a servant and to serve and NOT to be served. Matthew 20:28 KJV. We’re told also in scripture that The Servant is NOT GREATER than his MASTER John 13:15 KJV. Continuing in scripture we’re told that the servant is NOT GREATER than the Lord John 15:20 KJV
In the second scripture we Christians are told that we are not greater than he is and since JESUS CHRIST abides in us and we in Him we are under His authority as our Lord and we are His servant and even friend. Just as Jesus suffered on the cross, so we Christians must take up our cross and follow him and be hated as he was hated.
Greater Than in the context of 4 scriptures (Greek words meizon and megas strong's G3187, G3173, clearly show the Father (Pater G3962 in context of figurative authority as position living within existing - near or far) WITHIN AND AS Jesus Christ as a bodily person. Jesus told the Pharisees, when you see me you see the Father. John 14:9 KJV and other verses. They crucified Christ for calling himself God the Father in person. Just as we are comprised when Jesus Christ created US IN HIS IMAGE as 3 parts SPIRIT SOUL BODY (Genesis 2:7; John 1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV) Jesus Christ exists as a PERSON comprised of parts NOT PERSONS. Please read my study on how the Preposition OF proves Godhead as 3 parts and NOT 3 persons in the Link above.
Just as we followers of Jesus Christ as our head of the church, we must follow HIS will as our Master in the same manner that Jesus Christ was obedient unto death to the Father who is God as an INVISIBLE SPIRIT THAT NO MAN HAS EVER SEEN but in the actual visual image of Jesus Christ himself. The Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus because he told them clearly that he was the actual physical body of God the Father who abides in the aspect of position of MASTER or LORD - to the SERVANT .
“Greater Than in the context of 4 scriptures clearly show the Father existing WITHIN AND AS Jesus Christ. Jesus told the Pharisees, when you see me you see the Father. John 14:9 KJV and other verses.
John 20:17 KJV
This scripture is a clear picture of the Godhead as I have explained in link above.
Also note in my link that when Jesus Christ sits on the throne at the Right Hand of God is fully explained with scripture.
1 Corinthians 8:4 KJV
Absolutely correct. There is ONLY ONE GOD.
1 Timothy 2:5 KJV
Yes there is only ONE GOD and our KINSMAN REDEEMER IS our mediator Christ Jesus who is the man (this word literally means visible image in person in the flesh. Please read my links.
Following verses Zechariah 14:9, Deuteronomy 6:4, Mark 12:29, Mark 12:32 Romans 3:30 are all answered in my Blog links.