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Why Do Supposed Christians Have A Problem With Jesus Being God?

Updated on May 18, 2018

Round Two: Why This Now?

Christian vs Non-Christian; Conflict Is Inevitable!
Christian vs Non-Christian; Conflict Is Inevitable! | Source

It Is Time To Take A Stand!

In early 2016 I wrote an article which created a mini-firestorm of rather spiteful comments from some Unitarians that were deceitfully trolling my site. They were posing as those who were uncertain as to if the Bible actually taught that Jesus was God or that He ever claimed to be God. I proceeded to put together an "abbreviated" list of 115 Bible passages consisting of 215 verses and the 61st chapter of Isaiah; posted it in my comments section and waited for their reply. It was then their true intent came forth as mocking and spiteful rhetoric, aimed not just at me but at all who would read my articles. I cut them off from posting on my site and deleted all previous comments. They responded of course that I was a coward because I would not "accept" an opposing view; to which I responded that I would not give them a free platform for their heresy and hate speech, they could write their own articles but not on my time. Who knows, they may still read my articles and maybe one day the Truth will dawn on their darkened hearts.

I have noticed that those who oppose my view are still prevalent on social media and so I have decided to boldly lay out my position and in turn give others some solid food for thought. The END is near and the game is afoot: a game of life versus death.

Deuteronomy 4:35

There Is NO Other God!
There Is NO Other God! | Source

No Assumptions: There Is Only ONE GOD!

In Isaiah 43:10 the Deuteronomy passage is echoed "...before Me there was NO God formed, neither shall there be after me." So how can Jesus be God and the Father be God in the same instance? I will end this article with the reason I believe the Word of God teaches the doctrine of the Trinity; but first the teachings of the Scriptures and Jesus personal claims to be God Almighty.

Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ."

Old Testament Scriptures concerning Jehovah quoted in the New Testament"

  • Isaish 6-10 .... John 12:37-41
  • Psalm 102:25-27 .... Hebrews 1:8-12
  • Psalm 68:18 .... Ephesians 4:7-8
  • Isaiah 8:13-14 .... 1 Peter 2:4-8
  • Numbers 21:5-6 .... 1 Corinthians 10:9
  • Isaiah 45:22-23 .... Romans 14:11
  • Joel 2:32 .... Romans 10:9-13
  • and Mark 1:1-3; Matthew 11:10; Luke 4:16-21; 1 Peter 2:3; 2 Peter 3:8; and 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 and so on.....

The great I AM passage of Exodus 3:14-15 spoken by Jesus and recorded by John four times; John 8:24; 8:58 (when He made this statement, they picked up stones to kill Him for they understood perfectly that Jesus was declaring Himself as equal with God the Father), 13:19 and 18:5-6.

He is the First and Last of Isaiah 44:6 as found "3" times in Revelation; 1:17-18; 2:8 and 22:12-13.

He is the Lord of Lords of Deuteronomy 10:17 and Psalm 136:1-3 also found "3" times in the New Testament in 1 Timothy 6:13-15; Revelation 17:14 and 19:11-16.

Isaiah 43:11 "I, even I AM the LORD (Jehovah), and besides ME there is NO SAVIOR." Follow that with Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a SAVIOR, who Christ the Lord." We are coming into the Christmas season here in America and is there any doubt to what the Church is proclaiming as the reason for the season?

Per Isaiah 42:8,11 God does not share His glory with anyone yet Jesus Himself states in John 17:5, 24 that He shares the glory with the Father. The Ten Commandments state that we are to worship NO other god, yet Jesus accepted worship as a baby and as a man in Matthew 13:31-33; 28:9, 16-17; John 9:35-38 and Revelation 5:11-14. In John 10:30-38 and 14:9-11 Jesus claimed to be one with the Father and from Micah 5:2 we see that the "Eternal One" shall come out of Bethlehem as ruler of Israel; as Isaiah 9:6 not only calls Jesus the Prince of Peace but also "Everlasting Father".

I have only scratched the surface but hopefully I have brought the Light to bear on my reader's minds and as you search the Scriptures yourself that the myriads of verses that confirm that Christ is God Almighty will come to life and strengthen your faith.

What is the significance of believing that Christ is God Almighty? Either we believe that Jesus is the great I AM and receive the grace to withstand the ever increasing wickedness of this age or find ourselves falling prey to every worldly scheme of the devil.

How In The World Can One Even Fathom The Trinity?

The WORD Is Clear, We Cannot Fathom The Character of God.
The WORD Is Clear, We Cannot Fathom The Character of God. | Source

The First Target of Heretics, The Trinity.

As we are made up of three parts; body, soul and spirit; isn't it interesting that music is consists of three parts; melody, harmony and rhythm. We live in a world around us made up of "3's": water, land and sky; 3-legged stools are the most stable and business models are comprised of material (product), labor and overhead. To the believer this side of heaven abide faith, hope and love: we live in a world of threes and we were created after the pattern set in eternity. Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness..." and in Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear O Israel: The LORD our God (elohim - plural form) is one LORD." I am going to use only "3" points to stress this unique relationship.

Who created the world?

  1. The Father - Genesis 1:1; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Psalm 104; Hebrews 11:3; Revelation 14:6-7
  2. The Son - John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-16
  3. The Spirit - Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13, 33:4; Psalm 33:6

Who sustains all life:

  1. The Father - Lamentations 3:22-44
  2. The Son - Colossians 1:17
  3. The Spirit - Job 34:14-15

Who resurrected Christ from the tomb:

  1. The Father - Acts 2:22-24
  2. Himself - John 10:17-18
  3. The Spirit - Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 3:18

One of the most telling Scriptures concerning the spiritual health of believers is that it REQUIRES the Father, the Son and the Spirit for us to live in godly peace and comfort is found in 2 Corinthians 13:11-14.

One last caveat I leave with you: for those who do not use the KJV of the Bible 1 John 5:7 does NOT exist but for those of us who love this translation that has changed the world for Christ it is a most powerful verse concerning the theology of the Trinity. I quote: "There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are ONE."

If you use one of the other versions that mysteriously have brought division into the church over the last 50 years or so, you will find a raft of explanations why this verse is omitted. But know this one thing, there has been a war against the concept of the Trinity since the first century and it will continue until the return of the King. Do not believe every argument, but be a Berean and research more than the footnote in your bible. Dr. Henry Morris of the Institute of Creation Research and the father of the modern home-school movement has done a very scholarly work concerning this passage. May the reader be blessed.

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    • The70thweek profile imageAUTHOR

      David Campbell 

      13 months ago from Winlock, Washington

      Excellent and concise.

    • PlanksandNails profile image

      PlanksandNails 

      13 months ago

      You stated,

      (((The great I AM passage of Exodus 3:14-15 spoken by Jesus and recorded by John four times; John 8:24; 8:58 )))

      In the LXX in Exodus 3:14, ‘I AM,’ or in the Greek, ‘ego eimi ho on’ means 'the self-existing one.' The Greek text of Exodus 3:14 does not say, 'ego eimi" as you allude to in your references in John. Rather, in Exodus 'I AM' in the Greek is, 'ho ōn has sent me to you.'

      In Hebrew it means, ‘ehyeh asher ehyeh,’ or 'I am who I am,' or 'I will be what I will be.'

      What Yahweh spoke in Exodus is nowhere near the meaning of what Christ stated in John 8:58. Christ is not claiming to be the ‘self-existing one,’ ‘I am that I am’ and ‘I will be what I will be’ claiming to be Yahweh. 'Ego eimi' was Christ claiming to be the Messiah.

      Christ never said, ‘ego eimi ho ōn,’ but ‘ego eimi,’ just as the blind man did in John 7.

      The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I AM he. – John 7:8-9

      Paul also said, 'ego eimi,' or 'I am.'

      And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I AM, except these bonds. – Acts 26:29

      In the common English language people introduce themselves by saying, ‘I am’ followed by their given name. The ‘I am’ in the statement is not part of their actual name, just as ‘I am' in John 8:58 is not the name of Christ's name. Neither is it part of Yahweh’s name in Exodus 3:14. ‘I am’ is simply the beginning of someone identifying who they are.

      For example:

      I am the self-existing existing one is God.

      I am the Messiah.

      I am the blind man who can now see.

      I am Paul.

      The ‘I am’ statement in John 8:58 was Christ conveying that he was the coming Messiah that was known long before the days of Abraham.

      John 8:58 should not be put in isolation, but to be understand in its context. Christ's opponents in verse 51 countered his remark by saying that he was not greater than Abraham or the prophets in verse 53. The truth is that Christ was commissioned by God and his purpose was superior to Abraham. Abraham saw a spiritual vision of the coming Messiah that was not only known by Abraham, but before him all the way back to the Father. Christ was the foreordination and foresight of God’s plans and purposes.

      Christ’s claim of ‘I am he,’ or ‘I am the one’ runs like a golden thread all through John’s gospel. Its basis is laid in the conversation with the woman at the well.

      The woman said to him, "I know that Messiah comes," (he who is called Christ). "When he has come, he will declare to us all things." Jesus said to her, "I AM he, the one who speaks to you." – John 4:25-26

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