Why people reject Jesus as God

Jesus taught that there is only one God

Mark 12:29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  

Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD

Man cannot become God.

What critics say

It is absolutely impossible for me to accept that a man is God. It just does not fit into my concept of God. This anthropomorphism takes us back to more primitive times when Pharaohs and Caesars were regarded as gods. Only the Creator and Ruler of the Universe is God. He is self-existing and is neither begotten nor begets.

What Christians say

I agree that man cannot become God. But we are saying not saying  that Jesus, a man, became God. We are saying that Jesus, who is God, became man while he was on earth.

The question should not therefore not be “Can man become God?” but rather “Can God take the form of a man?”

God cannot come down in the form of man Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.  

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God is too great to come down in the form of a man

Is God “too great” to become a man in order to reveal Himself to us? If you feel this way please keep in mind that there is more than one kind of “greatness”. There is the “greatness” of a king who lives in his imperial palace, surrounded by wealth and luxury and slaves to keep Him comfortable, yet remains indifferent to the pains of his subjects. There is also the greatness of a skilled doctor who forsakes a lucrative medical practice in his homeland to go to the poorest of the poor and serve them, heal them, and lay down his life for them. Which kind of greatness do you think is most worthy of a merciful and gracious God?

A triune God can be on the throne in heaven and on earth at the same time.

If God is indeed a triune being, would the universe collapse if one person of the Godhead came to earth in the form of man?

God is invisible (John 1:18) but we can see Jesus, so Jesus cannot be God.

Reply:

God the Father is invisible but not God the Son.

God cannot die but Jesus died so Jesus cannot be God.

Christian missionaries, how can God die?

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Reply:

God cannot die but because He came down in the form of a man, the human body could die.

Is it possible for Jesus to be fully God and fully man?

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Jesus never said, “I am God.”

Where did Jesus say, “I am God. Worship me.”?

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Jesus denied that he is God Almighty.

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Jesus taught that he is the only Son of God.

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Jesus taught that he is inferior to the Father.

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Jesus was ignorant of certain things

How can Jesus be God when he is ignorant of the judgment day?

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Jesus was also ignorant of whether there were fruits on the fig tree

Christian reply: Jesus was not ignorant. This incident is Jesus acting out an Old Testament declaration of God.

Jesus calls his Father God.

(Mat 27:46)  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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(John 20:17)  Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

If Jesus refers to something other than himself as God, then how can he be God?

The impossibility of Jesus addressing his Father as God when he himself is God, is only true if we assume that God cannot be a triune God existing in three persons. If one removes this assumption, then the idea of Jesus calling his Father God when he himself is God no longer becomes an impossible utterance.

Another verse is John 17:3 where Jesus refers to his Father as the only God.

John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

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Jesus calls himself a man.

John 8:40 But now you seek to kill me, a man that has told you the truth which I have heard from God.

In the Bible, we could also see that Jesus was subjected to many limitations of a man. He became hungry (Mark 11:12), tired (Matt 8:24), etc.

Christians do not reject the manhood of Jesus; therefore there is no need to convince a Christian that Jesus was a man. Christians believe that Jesus is God who came down in the form of a man. Therefore naturally, some verses in the bible would describe his manhood and others will describe his deity.

Jesus calls himself the Son of man

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Jesus always submits to his father as God.

Jesus cannot do anything by himself.

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(John 5:30)  By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

(John 14:24)  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Christian response

At first glance, it may seem like Jesus is inferior to the Father as he is always acting on his father’s instructions. A closer examination, however, reveals that the true reason why Jesus obeys his father’s commandment is not inferiority or even obligation but simply love; Jesus seeks not to please himself but always the Father.

When Jesus said that he cannot do anything other than what his father is doing, he is referring to his moral inability to go outside his father’s will. We also use such language also in modern day speech not to refer to physical inability, but moral inability. If our friend says to us, “Go ahead and take it; nobody is looking.”, we’ll probably say, “No, I can’t do it.” By that we don’t mean physical inability to do the act, but moral inability to do something outside God’s will, which we know is sinful.

We know that moral and not physical inability because Jesus says so clearly in that same verse.

(John 5:30 NIV)  By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Everything that Jesus did or said was in accordance with the Father’s intention. None of his words are of his own. (Jn 14:24)

The motivation for obeying his Father’s commandments is clearly spelt out in another verse. It is love, not inferiority. The perfect love of Jesus for his Father forbids him to do anything outside his Father’s will.

(John 14:31)  but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

We see a statement of this perfect love of Jesus in John 8:29 when he said that he always do those things that please the Father.

Even in present days, we have parents who follow their children’s every whimp and fancy out of love for them. Although I think that this is not the right thing for parents to do, it does illustrate that when one follows another person’s will, it need not be always be because one party is inferior to the other. It could be out of love as well.

A fine exmple of Jesus’ servanthood can be seen in his washing of his disciples’feet.

(John 13:3-6 NIV)  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; {4} so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. {5} After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. {6} He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

With that kind of assurance Jesus had that God had given him all power, did he sit there like a king and expect to be served? No. He humbled himself and washed his disciples’ feet. He served his disciples out of humility, not inferiority. This is not something that is easy to understand for we knew that Simon Peter objected as well. His thinking was that Jesus should not serve as he was their master. Obviously Jesus thought differently and went ahead to serve his disciples.

Doing His Father’s will perfectly did not mean that Jesus Christ was not the Son of God. As a matter of fact it implies exactly the opposite. On account of His intimate fellowship with His Father and essential unity of nature with Him, the Word of God even after His incarnation, continued to obey absolutely the will of the One who sent Him.

Why is Jesus always doing the Father’s work and not the reverse?

The answer is each person in the trinity of God has its own function. It cannot be said that since the son is always doing the Father’s work, he is inferior to the Father. We can only draw this conclusion if the reason for obedience is not love, but compulsion.

Greatness in servanthood

(Mat 20:26-28 NIV)  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, {27} and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– {28} just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The coming of a humble king fortold in Old Testament

(Zec 9:9 NIV)  Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Jesus prays to God

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Christian reply

Since God is a trinity comprising of three Persons, there is no surprise if one Person of the trinity talks to another.

How can Jesus be God if he is not sinless?

Jesus taught that he was not good. Only God is good. Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.  

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