GOD IN CHRISTIANITYDedication To those who seek the truth sincerely, honestly, and open-mindedly! Read More
- 1- What is the nature of God in Christianity?
- 2- Is God one or three (Trinity)?
- 3- Is Jesus equal with God?
- 4- Is Jesus God or part of God?
- 5- Is Jesus a son of man or son of God?
- 6- So, who is Jesus really?
- 7- What is your opinion?
As a seeker of the truth and a student of life, and after many years of observation, research and comparative study, it appears to me that people often base their beliefs and judgments on weak, sandy foundations, rather than on the solid foundation of rock that Jesus recommended.
Concerning the topic at hand, I have noticed some major differences between what is commonly and officially understood about God in Christianity, and what the Bible itself states!
In this booklet, I would like to share with you -out of love and concern- what I have noticed and learned throughmy continuous journey of research, analysis, and study. The intent of this work is to honestly and sincerely present the truth that I found, not to hurt the feelings of anyone.
Now let us turn to discuss some issues and questions concerning the nature of God in Christianity, namely the Trinity and divinity of Jesus.
IS GOD ONE OR THREE? / IS JESUS GOD OR PART OF GOD?
Let’s get the answer from the Bible:
One came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he (Jesus) said unto him, Why callest thoume good*? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Why callest thou me good?
Or in modern English, “Why do you call me good?” We wouldn’t find this wording and meaning in some Bibles! This text is found in King James Version. Don’t take my word for it! Check your Bible! Several questions can be asked about the above verses. Some of the more intuitive ones are:
- “Why do you call me good?” Why did Jesus question his own goodness?
- Jesus emphatically stated that “there is none good but one, that is, God.” Why did he refer to the one God as the “good” one only?
- Why did he exclude himself from being good, if he were God?
- Jesus explicitly pointed out that “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Why didn’t Jesus command the questioner to believe in him (Jesus) as God in order to enter into eternal life?
- Based on Jesus’ testimony, isn’t keeping the commandments enough for getting eternal life?
Now, let us re-read the verses of Matthew (19: 16-17) as stated in King James Version and the same verses as reported in the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
One came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.
(In King James Version)
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
(In the New International Version)
To make it easy to compare, here are Jesus’ two different questions: According to King James Version (KJV), in simple English, Jesus asked:
Why do you CALL ME GOOD?
But, according to the New International Version (NIV), Jesus said:
Why do you ASK ME ABOUT WHAT IS GOOD?
Please honestly compare between Jesus’ question in the King James Version and his question in the New International Version. Do they have the same meaning? Can they both be correct?
Going back to the critical question, Is Jesus God?, I think that if Jesus were God or part of God, his logical response would be to approve of what the questioner called him (i.e., “Good Master”).
Sound reasoning and plain logic tell us that God is good. And if Jesus were God or part of God (part of the Trinity) he MUST BE GOOD! Don’t you agree?
Presumably, some of the possible, expected responses that Jesus could utter in response to the young man saying “Good Master” include:
DR. NAJI IBRAHIM
“Certainly, I am good, for I am God.”
“You are right. I am good.”
Or at least, knowing that he was obviously good, being God or a manifestation of God, Jesus could have answered the young man without taking issue with his words by saying:
“if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
But, astonishingly, Jesus responded to the young man’s words “Good Master” with something unexpected! He denied that he was good, wondering, “Why do you call me good?”
So, instead of denying his goodness, wouldn’t it have been more reasonable for Jesus to seize this occasion and acknowledge that he was good, since he was God or a manifestation of the one God, if such were the case? Why would he refer to the true God alone, and not reveal his own ‘good’ divinity? Was he hiding the truth about himself from the questioner?
Now this is life eternal, that they know you, the ONLY true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
(John 17: 3)
In this verse, Jesus again distinguishes himself from the ONLY true God! It is this only true God who created and sent Jesus. So, who has the full