Is Jesus and God One?

There are many different depictions of what Jesus looks like.
There are many different depictions of what Jesus looks like. | Source

Name Where this verse is found, and Who it is about?

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned - every one - to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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Reasons To Follow Christ

Jesus Christ is an often misunderstood person from history. While most people will acknowledge that he lived, it is debated on whether he earned the title Christ and especially whether he is God incarnate. While many would gladly follow God the Creator, following Jesus is another story.

So why should we look to Him, praise Him, worship Him?

If you asked many "followers of Christ," they may answer that it feels good and right. Some feel they are a better person by following His example. Others enjoy the fellowship church brings. None of these are good reasons to be a follower of Jesus. The only true reason to be a follower, is if Jesus is truly the Messiah, forgiver of sins. Any other reason has no eternal value.

12 Year Old Jesus as Teacher

As early as age 12, he was teaching about God.
As early as age 12, he was teaching about God. | Source

Jesus and the Eye Witnesses

How can we truly know that Jesus is the true God, especially two thousand years after the fact? To truly know, we need to examine the eyewitness events that were recorded at the time of Jesus's life. Lee Strobel did an amazing job in his investigations. Much of what I write is inspired by his investigations.

There are four accounts by four different historians that you will find written in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are all different, but similar.

Your first thought may be how accurate are these retellings? It is important to realize that these gospels were written by eye witnesses. Mark was the first gospel written in 60 AD, then John. If John was truly written by John the disciple, he was there for many of Jesus's most intimate moments. All four of these historians wrote within the first century when other eyewitnesses were still around to validate the truths of these writings, yet despite this, although people fought against the message, they did not fight against the stories that were told.

There are other gospels that did not make it into the New Testament that tell of the events during Jesus time. The reason why they did not make it into the Bible, is because Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were the earliest accounts and believed to be the most reliable. Many of the others were written in the second century, where eyewitnesses were no longer alive and unable to ascertain the true validity of the words. This shows that these are the most accurate of those out there.

Old Testament

The Old Testament prophesies about Jesus.
The Old Testament prophesies about Jesus. | Source

Differences in the Gospel

The biggest argument you will often hear from none believers is that there are differences amongst the gospels. Keep in mind, that in a court of law, even if you were to bring in four eye witnesses, all would remember the events just slightly differently, but by understanding all four people's memories, you get a better idea of what truly happened.

Just because Matthew 20:30, tells about two blind men being healed, but Luke 18:35-38 only lists one does not eliminate the validity that there were truly two who were healed. Even Mark focuses more heavily on the more prominent of the two. The fact that one of the blind men was more prominent in the eyes of the villagers would explain why the other three would only list him when telling the story of this miracle.

Besides, if all four gospels were identical, then there would be a strong likelihood that all four had been just copies of one another, but these were all their own accounts of what had taken place. In this case, it shows this was truly four people's own version of the truth.

Beautiful Statue of Jesus

Statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, portraying Christ Jesus, son of God.
Statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, portraying Christ Jesus, son of God. | Source

Who is Jesus Really?

One thing that is consistent in all four gospels is that they show Jesus making His claims of deity in the first person. During this time, as well as before and after, when referring to God, we talk in the second person. He even tells people in the bible, "Your sins are forgiven" (Mark 2). Jews believed only God could forgive sins. He also claimed that He was here before the beginning of the world (John 17:5). So for Jesus to make a claim that someone's sins are forgiven, He was proclaiming that He was God, the Messiah. Jesus would even speak authority over the scriptures (Matt. 5:21-39), when He clarified what Moses said.

Not only does He speak in the first person, but He also keeps His claims of being the Messiah despite being threatened with a horrific death that included beatings and hanging on the cross.

In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the "Son of Man" over eighty times. This phrase was taken out of Daniel chapter 7, which shows that the people who wrote the Bible, as well as Jesus Himself believed that Jesus Christ was more than just a man.

Jesus was not the only one to refer to Himself as God, but Thomas (John 20:28) among others referred to Jesus directly as God.

Many of the disciples tell about men who laid down their life for Jesus Christ. How many of these men would have laid down their life if they truly didn't believe that Jesus was God? These are men who walked with God, and almost all of the twelve gave their lives for the truth they believed.

Heaven's Protection of Jesus

Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, yet accepted it whole heartedly.
Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, yet accepted it whole heartedly. | Source

The Prophesies of Jesus

How do we know that His claims were real? Was Jesus some mentally ill person who believed He was God? By studying the Old Testament, we can see that Jesus' coming was long foretold centuries before He came. The Old Testament even states where Jesus was going to be born (Micah 5:2) and whose direct family line He was going to be born to (Genesis 12:3). These two facts more than any of the other prophecies that are stated, prove Jesus's divine nature. Many of the other prophecies He fulfilled could have been orchestrated by Jesus himself to try to prove that He was the Messiah. But even He, unless He was truly God, could not choose His birthplace and to what line He came from.

Some people have trouble believing that the Old Testament truly does prophecy His coming. Here are some key points found within the Old Testament that prove people were expecting a Messiah. If Jesus is not the Messiah, then we should be awaiting the Messiah's arrival today.

The Psalms directly refer to Jesus in Psalm 2:7. Not only was Jesus's arrival prophesied, but it also prophesied a man who would lead the way. John the Baptist led the way for Jesus's coming, as we not only see throughout the New Testament, but also foretold in Isaiah 40:3. Most of Jesus's life is foretold, especially his miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6), being betrayed by Judas (Psalms 41:9), His death (Daniel 9:26) and how much money He would be betrayed for (Zechariah 11:12). There are hundreds of other pieces of evidence that show that the people during Jesus's time were awaiting His arrival, and they felt they were given proof that He truly was who He claimed to be. Jesus, Himself, also pointed to these prophesies to prove that He truly was the Messiah (Luke 22:37).

Some reasons why people reject the teaching of Jesus, is because they don't want to feel accountable to anyone, but themselves. The Bible foresees that we are going to reject the gospels, reject Jesus, reject not only Christianity, but Christians themselves (Isaiah 53:3). Most people will acknowledge that the Bible does give very great advice, but it's not the advice on good clean living that is challenged, it's Jesus, the whole premise of the Bible, people challenge.

The Answer to the Poll Above:

It was written in Isaiah 53:6, the Old Testament. I believe it was referring to Jesus.

Do You Believe Jesus Was the Messiah?

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Comments 22 comments

Sean 3 years ago

The popular names, known as Jesus Christ and God, are also found written throughout the KJV Bible in a specific manner. It is done in a clever, but simple, encoded manner. This provides substantial proof of the existence of the so called higher powers known as Jesus Christ and God.

This proof can be found at http://www.outersecrets.com/real/biblecode2a.htm

At the web site, it is shown that tons of “Proof of GOD” is ENCODED within the Bible. Here are a just few basic but astounding examples. In code form, we find the following.

Search for the words “The Father”, and sure enough, we find “GOD”.

Search for the words “The Lord”, and sure enough, we find “CHRIST”.

Search for the words “The Father”, “The Son”, and “The Holy Spirit”,

and sure enough, we find “GOD” and “CHRIST”.

All this information is present, but in an encoded form. And the list goes on and on…. How can such encoded information be anything else other than the real deal?

But again, to see this encoded proof, simply go to http://www.outersecrets.com/real/biblecode2a.htm

Then click on the flashing words “Watch / Listen”, and let the webpage take you on a webpage tour of such proof.


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Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

For sure Jesus is the Messiah, but as far as Jesus being God he is not. The Father sent Jesus here to be the perfect sacrifice. Jesus himself said he did nothing except for what his Father wanted him to do. So, if he were or is God why would he send himself? When he prayed he prayed to his Father whose name is Jehovah the Hebrew scriptures tells us this. Why would Jesus pray to himself? Jesus was the first of all creation the Bible tells us he was brought forth as if in birthing pains. He was here at the beginning of earths creation. Do you not read let us make man in our image. So, he is not 2 (two) deity's he is 1 (one) of two. Jesus is a might God, and his Father is Almighty God. Jesus had to go back to the Father to sit on the right side of his Father. Is Jesus going to sit in two places on two thrones? He sent the holy spirit, God's active force, to be with us to help us. So, really how can Jesus be God Jehovah?


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much ruffridyer for responding. There is so much more to add this hub, and so much more to learn. I really hope others will find the truth as well. Maybe something I wrote, will help trigger their ability to hear the holy spirit calling out to them.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

You make some valid points. The fact these men suffered and died for their testimony. The fact different accounts reinforce the truth of what was written. The fact people around that time were waiting for the messiah. A good hub indeed.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for stopping by sun girl!!!


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Great article you really wrote here but cant actually argue anything in here because my belief and that of others differs .So anything you belief about Jesus is good for you.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

I think if we know when they were written, can better predict their reliability. Because the more closely to the time of Jesus, the more likely they contain truth.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hello Angela-Michelle :)

Yes, you are right ~ it is true that I don't have the most up-to-date information on Gospel research and dating ~ but everything I read indicates that there is disagreement over dates.

If there is now consensus, between Christians and other historians, then I would really like to read about it, as I would find it most interesting.

However, I do wonder, even if the gospels were to be dated with unquestionable certainty, how far this would go towards answering your question about Jesus being 'the Messiah', because there is still the question of their reliability as evidence.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

I should reresearch how they knew when the gospels were written. They actually did have proof of particular dates, and reasons why they believe those dates are accurate.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

Interesting!

I don't think that historians are sure exactly when the gospels were written, or by whom. And, as 'Gospels', they were written to spread the good news ~ not as histories, so, though they are interesting historic sources, they cannot be taken as truth or proof of anything.

I have read a couple of books which have made me think that Jesus probably did exist ~ but there is absolutely no proof of this ~ and there are other books which indicate that his story had been told before, so that he may have been legendary, rather than real.

I do find it a fascinating topic. I think that James Tabor's book, 'The Jesus dynasty' is really good.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks GarnetBird.


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

You Go, girl!! It is really the most vital question we will ever be asked to answer--luckily I can say yes.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

I'm going to have to read your hubs, for sure!!!


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Fuscia, I agree with you one hundred percent!


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Debra, that wheel website has some really interesting stuff in it. I think I'm going to have to check it out some more.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Pamela I'm so glad to hear that. Few decisions in our life make more of an impact on our life than that one decision. For such a non-active decision, it sure has active implications on our day to day life.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Over the years I have been given revelations through either dreams or visions of a day in the court of judgement for sinners. One very important and significant one, I have reported in my Hubs.

At the time, I had no idea why I was shown this, for my belief and my faith were in a state of "Lukewarmness" I knew God, and I knew Jesus, and I knew God's Holy Spirit, but only from a distance and with no intimacy whatsoever.

You might say that I became a second John the Baptist through those dreams or visions, revelations.

Since my Hub where I report the one incident, I have developed the most powerful urge and desire to serve God and to know Him intimately, and now I do. Daily my evangelizing, my desire to share Jesus with whomever will listen or read, is like a fountain pouring out its life giving energy.

If God were not real, if Jesus and His life were not real, if Jesus were not truly the Messiah, the Son of God, I know I would not have this sort of enthusiasm.


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fucsia 5 years ago

The story of Jesus is fascinating! This is what I can say with certainty. Great Hub!


Debra Chapoton 5 years ago

The more I study the Bible the more obvious it is that it is divinely inspired and the only real Truth. Check out www.biblewheel.com if you want to be blown away by the intricate weaving of the 22 Hebrew letters and the 66 books of the Bible. It inspired me to start studying Hebrew in order to verify what McGough teaches. He's right and I've spent the last year teaching a class using his "wheel".


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I have no doubts that Jesus was the Messiah. My life changed dramatically when I accepted this fact.


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angela_michelle 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you!!!


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DiamondRN 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

Whether or not Jesus is the Messiah is the most important question that you will ever answer; and, for your own sake, it had better be in the affirmative, Angela_Michelle.

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    Citations

    • http://www.jesus-is-lord.com/messiah.htm
    • Lee Strobel's Case for Christ
    • http://www.evilbible.com/contradictions.htm
    • http://www.gci.org/bible/gospels/jesus

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