31 Days with the Savior: God

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Gentle Reader,

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. – John 1:1-2 (NKJV)

The first thing that we need to know about Jesus is that He is God. He is not “a” god, as the Jehovah’s Witnesses assert in mistranslating these verses. He is not part of a tritheistic, divisible “head,” as in Mormon teaching. He does not exist in a pantheon from which we can pick and choose. He is not the archangel Michael. He is not a part of the unsound understanding that splits the names “Elohim” and “YHWH” into two entities. He is not the product of God the Father having sex with Mary. He is not the brother of Lucifer, nor is Lucifer His equal. He is not, nor ever was, married. He is not an “enlightened” teacher like Buddha. He is not lesser than Muhammed.

Jesus is God. He is not created. He has no beginning. He has no end.

Defining Jesus as anything other than God is to miss Him completely. He the eternal Son, consubstantial (of the same substance or essence) with the Father and the Spirit. (Note: This one Trinity is not at all the same as believing in three gods. If you are unsure, please do some reading. This article is a good place to start). The Father is one hundred percent God. The Spirit is one hundred percent God. Jesus is one hundred percent God.

Jesus explicitly told us that He is God (see John 5:17-18, John 8:58, John 10, John 14:9, Mark 2:5-7 for just a small sampling). Let us therefore end with this, from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon or you can fall at His feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

My journey to faith. (15)

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

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5 thoughts on “31 Days with the Savior: God

  1. Introspective. You might find some insightful read to validate your post on my blog page about Jesus (well, there’s only two posts there) and by the way, I am not a preacher/teacher. I don’t indoctrinate or coerce. I simply present and let people make up their own hearts and minds. Blessed be.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I hope that you stick around here, because, dear one, Hinduism will only lead you further and further into darkness. I commend your desire for truth and you sincerity of heart without reserve, but I fear that you’ve been deceived.

      For example, this that you quote:

      Sripada Sadhu Maharaja: So, Jesus is the son of Krsna.

      Brajanath dasa: Yes, Jesus is the son of Christ.

      Sripada Madhava Maharaja: Jesus never proclaimed, “I am God.”

      is false.

      Christ is a title, not a person. It means “anointed.” Jesus is the Christ. And He did absolutely say that He is God; our English translations simply don’t have the accuracy of the Hebrew and Greek.

      I hope you’ve read this response and I also hope that you don’t take it as an attack. I don’t know you. I don’t even know your name. I simply know that there is a real and true Lord of all who loves you and desires to be in relationship with you. The Jesus I know, the real one, died on a cross and rose again three days later to make that possible. He is greater than Krishna, greater than Vishnu, greater than Shiva. He is greater than all those who claim to be gods falsely. He is the only God.

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      1. Thank you for your comment and know that I have not taken anything as an attack. :). First let me share that, (as one who has grown up in a Christian environment and had to pass Bible as a subject before I could graduate from high school), I would hope that I know something about the Bible of what I will try to share here:

        No where in the Bible or the ancient Vedic texts, has Jesus ever claimed to be God.

        ”I do nothing of myself.”
        John 14:2
        “My Father is greater than I.”
        John 14:2
        “The Lord our God is one Lord.”
        Mark 12:29
        “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
        Matt. 27:46
        “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”
        Luke 23:46
        “As You and I are one, let them also be one in Us.”
        c.f. John 17:21
        Thus, Jesus implies that his “oneness ” with God is something that can be achieved by others.
        “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”
        Mark 13:32
        It is also written of Jesus:
        “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen,”
        Matt. 12:18
        God.. .glorified His servant, Jesus.”
        Acts 3:13
        Oneness doesn’t imply that he is God.
        Jesus is real, indeed. But to say that he is God is what is called apa-siddhanta (false conclusion).

        Krishan is indeed the God of Gods. One of His expansion form is Vishnu and Shiva is His greatest devotee like Jesus and so many other elevated devotees of God. Krs=circle and na=to cut, (basic translation). The One who cuts the cycle of repeated birth and death to award ultimate liberation to the living entities.

        I leave you with the link to read about Who is indeed God of gods:
        http://achronicleofkarma.wordpress.com/kr%CC%A3s%CC%A3n%CC%A3a-the-absolute-truth/

        Blessed be.

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      2. I’m glad you came back. 🙂

        Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time right now, so I’ll have to look at that article later. Just briefly addressing what you said about Jesus’ relation to the Father and the Spirit while He was on earth: Philippians 2:5-11 is the best passage I can think of off the top of my head. Here Paul talks about Jesus pouring out or setting aside certain aspects of Himself in order to be Incarnate. His nature as God wasn’t diminished, but the way in which He related to the other members of the Godhead changed.

        Like I said, I don’t have a lot of time right now. I’d best be going. Hope you have a good one!

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  2. LOVE this! Looks like it was written about a year ago, but yep, Jesus is STILL God! Thanks for the beautiful way you shared this. (Found you today at the FMF link up, and didn’t want to stop reading… so I didn’t).

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