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Why christians believe that jesus is God?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by ahmedhelmy, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Ahmadi

    Ahmadi Member

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    Thank you for the answer!

    But now I have a second problem. One ascension was literal (Jesus pbuh) and the other was metaphorical (Elijah pbuh). How do you explain this?
     
  2. may

    may Well-Known Member

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    Jesus himself said that no man had ascended....john 3;13
    Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man

     
  3. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    Actually, no, not really. I was simplifying things. God took Elijah up alive and he will later return. Where exactly he was taken is not precisely known, but it certainly wasn't exactly heaven. We don't believe that anyone will literally be in heaven (or hell) until the Last Judgement but that the dead (and note that Christ is not dead so this does not apply to Him) receive a foretaste of heaven or hell between the Particular Judgement after death and the Last Judgement common to all. I didn't bring this up because it's liable to confuse people, eastern soteriology being significantly different to western. Again, though, I fail to see the relevance of the issue to Christ's divinity.

    James
     
  4. glasgowchick

    glasgowchick Gives Glory to God !!!

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    Jesus is the creator

    John 1:3 Through Him ALL things where made,without Him NOTHING was made that has been made.

    Col 1:16-17 for by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visable and invisable, wether thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, ALL things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

    God is the creator

    Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, The breath of the Almighty Gives me life.

    Isa 40:28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, The CREATOR of the ends of the earth, He will not grow tried or weary and His understanding no-one can fathom..

    Jesus is the rock

    1Cor 10:4 for they drank from the Spiritual Rock that accompanied them, and That Rock was Christ. see also 1Peter 2:1

    God is the Rock

    Duet 32:4 He is the ROCK, His works are perfect, and all his way are Just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. See also 2 Sam 22:32 & Isa 17:10

    Jesus is our saviour

    John 4:24 They said to the women, we no longer believe just because of what you said Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the SAVIOR of the world.

    God is our Savior

    Isa 43;3 For I am your LORD your God, the Holy one of Israel your SAVIOR.
    Isa 45:21 AND there is NO GOD APART FROM ME A rightous God and Savior.

    Jesus is God......There are more proof Scriptures if needed....
     
  5. bbpettit

    bbpettit New Member

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    As we read the Bible we see that in John 1:1-20 It tells us that the word was God. It is referencing the word being Jesus who was God, and who was with God in the beginning. One of the characteristics of God is His ability to be everywhere at one time. He can be God in the heavens, God in you and me, God as Jesus, and God as the Holy spirit. It is more of a miracle to believe that he can be everywhere serving many different functions. He is not three, but one who is everywhere doing many different things at the same time. Jesus was God in the flesh, and we have the opportunity to be like Him.

    Barry
     
  6. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    Hi Barry,


    Seeing as this was your first post, I wanted to welcome you to the forum;

    I personally agree with you about the magnificence of God....

    Hope you like it here!:)
     
  7. glasgowchick

    glasgowchick Gives Glory to God !!!

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    Hi Barry, good post and welcome to the forum.
     
  8. Ahmadi

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    When it says in the Bible (and correct me if I am wrong) that Elijah was taken to "heaven", you don't precisely know where he is. When it says the same thing about Jesus Christ (pbuh), you precisely know that he is in Heaven. The relevance to the question of the thread is that the divinity of Jesus (pbuh) is based entirely upon his death and resurrection and 'ascension to heaven', which particularly plays an important role in your argument for the divinity of Jesus (pbuh). My question remains: why is one ascension to heaven considered metaphorical and the other is literal?

    Farhan
     
  9. Ahmadi

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    Well, then, I disagree with the opinions of the translators of the original Bible. Just twisting some of the words to change the truth is not going to convince me.

    God is the creator as well as the Sustainer. If the breath of the Almighty gave Jesus life, it also gives every one of us life. Are we all gods then?

    God is our saviour because He sent the Prophets, including Jesus (pbuh), and there is nothing wrong with that. Every prophet is a saviour, correct? So, according to you, every prophet must be God?
     
  10. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    Firstly, Christ's divinity is based on His Incarnation (clearly referred to in John's Gospel) and His pre-existence as the eternally begotten Son of God (also in John) not just His death, resurrection and ascension. You seem to have missed a large part (and from an Orthodox perspective, the most important part) of the argument. Secondly, we don't see Elijah's ascension as metaphorical - it's literal but the text says 'as it were to heaven', which leaves some doubt as to exactly where he ascended to. Again, you seem to have missed an important part of the text. I still fail to see the relevance of this whole line of questioning. I can see no connection whatsoever between what happened to Elijah and the divinity of Christ.

    James
     
  11. Ahmadi

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    Are you saying that Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension are not important parts of the argument?

    Again, when it says, 'as it were to heaven', you seem to doubt whether he is in heaven. However, when it says the same thing about Jesus, you seem to be sure that he is in heaven. I can't be sure that Jesus (pbuh) is in heaven - so, how can I be sure that he is God.

    I believe that Elijah 'went to heaven' in a metaphorical sense and so did Jesus (pbuh). If it is metaphorical, then how can Jesus (pbuh) be in heaven? Then, again, how can he be God if he is not even in heaven?
     
  12. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    No, I was saying that the entire Incarnation, which includes the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ is important, rather than just those three aspects of it, which is what you implied. I thought I'd made that fairly clear, but sorry if it wasn't.

    It says 'as it were' with reference to Elijah. It doesn't say any such thing with reference to Christ. The Scriptures are very clear that Christ is in Heaven and seated at the right hand of the Father - of course, if you choose to disbelieve in that Scripture it is your choice but please don't keep making fallacious arguments based on a misunderstanding of it. It would be more honest to ask questions rather than making assertions. I would do so if discussing Islam or the Koran.

    The rest of your post relates to a metaphorical understanding of the ascension you say you have and which I have already shown you we do not share, so I fail to see what you hope to achieve. I thought you were here to ask why we believe Christ to be God, not to tell us why you don't.

    James
     
  13. Ahmadi

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    I am not sure whether I offended you but I apologize if I did. I think I have asked all the questions that I needed but I did not get satisfactory answers.
     
  14. true blood

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    The Word is clear that Jesus Christ is a man for every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things to God that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins, who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way, for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity called of God a high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say seeing ye are dull of hearing for when the time when ye out to be teachers ye have need that one teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God.
     
  15. enton

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    Psalms 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

    Who are demanded to do worship to the God of David?
     
  16. free spirit

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    What do you mean by (pbuh)?

    Now Jesus is God. I will quote you no scripture just devine season.

    To believe that he is God is easy, but to explain why he is God, is not easy. Let me try, I take that you know that he is the Word of God, and like the word of Ahmadi resides in Ahamadi, he sesides in God. do you undrstand that? because if you do not is useless going further.

    So imagine youself as God, and your word abiding in you. That word in you creating thought is the only thing that makes you a living soul, take away the thought in you, and you became a vegetable alive but not living.

    Also we were made in his image, so if you could look in yoursef and find the souse of your words you would be looking in the face of god with a small ( g ) because you would be looking at you own face.
    God created averything through his word, and so do we. Yes we are made in his image.
    And God's Word gave life to Mary's egg and the Word became flesh.
    God is near to us then we dare to inmagime. :confused: Confused
     
  17. Bedlam

    Bedlam Improperly Undefined

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    I'm sorry to say, you probably won't get a reply here. This thread is nearly four years old, and I don't think anyone that originally posted in it still hangs around here.

    Poor little zombie thread.
     
  18. fanofchiefs

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  19. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Where does the Bible say "three in one"? Is the Father "God"? Is the Son "God"? Is the Holy Ghost "God"? How many times did you say "yes"?
     
  20. Azakel

    Azakel Liebe ist für alle da

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    PBUH mean Peace be upon Him. It's a respect thing Muslims but after the name of someone the respect and hold in high standings.
     
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