Why The Lord Jesus is Not God
BIBLICAL EVIDENCES THAT PROVE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
IS NOT THE TRUE GOD
THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) firmly believeS that the Lord Jesus Christ is man in nature and He is not God because this is what the Bible explicitly teaches. If we are going to examine the teachings written in the Bible, the evidences are overwhelming that the Lord Jesus Christ is indeed not the true God the Holy Scripture teaches.
ACCEPTING JESUS AS GOD WILL RESULT TO ABSURDITIES
God cannot be the author of confusion and absurdities. The Bible explicitly said that “God is not the author of confusion” (cf. I Cor. 14:33 KJV). What God wants is to all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth:
I Timothy 2:3-4 NKJV
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Do you know that accepting Jesus as God will result to absurdities?
A “SERVANT GOD”?
Accepting Jesus as God will result to accepting that the Almighty God is a “servant” of another God because the Bible explicitly said that Jesus is the servant of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
Acts 3:13 NKJV
“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.”
This is absurd because according to Jesus Himself, the true God is greater than all:
John 10:29 NKJV
“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.”
And Jesus also said that “A servant is not greater than his master”:
John 15:20 NKJV
“Remember the word that I said to you, 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”
Accepting Jesus as God is accepting that “God is a servant of another God.” This truly an absurdity. Then, whar is the truth? That the Lord Jesus is not God, but THE Servant of the One True God, the Father.
A “SUBJECT GOD”?
If Jesus is God, then “God is subject to another God” because the Bible said after all things are put under Jesus, He Himself “will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him”:
I Corinthians 15:27-28 NKJV
“For ‘He has put all things under His feet.’ But when He says ‘all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”
A God subject to another God? A God under another God? This is absurd and unacceptable to true Christians because they uphold the teaching of the Bible that the true God is above all:
Ephesians 4:6 NKJV
“One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
What is the truth? Jesus is not God, but the Son of God that after all things put under Him, the Son Himself will also be subject to the One True God who is above all, the Father.
JESUS HEARD THE TRUTH FROM HIMSELF?
Jesus clearly said that He heard the truth from God:
John 8:40 NKJV
“But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.”
If Jesus is God, and because the truth He has told the people Jesus heard it from God, then Jesus heard the truth FROM HIMSELF?
What is the truth? Just what the Lord jesus said, He is “a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God.”
JESUS PRAYED TO HIMSELF?
There are numerous verses of the Bible that mentioned Jesus prayed to God. This is one of those verses:
Mark 15:34 NKJV
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
If He is God, then Jesus is praying to Himself? When He called “My God, My God” is Jesus referring to Himself?
Now,if they will say that Jesus is praying not to Himself but to another, then God praying to another God? What an absurdity.
The Lord Jesus Christ prayed to the One True God, the Father.
MARY GAVE BIRTH TO GOD?
Mary gave birth to the Lord Jesus:
Luke 2:6-7 NKJV
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
If they will insist that Jesus is God, then Mary gave birth to God? This is unacceptable to true Christians because it is clear in the Bible that:
Numbers 23:19 NKJV
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
If those who believe in the divinity of Jesus will argue that when Mary gave birth to the human Jesus, He was not God then because He was incarnated (God became man), then they are insisting another absurdity. It is also absurd! Please ponder this: if God became man when Jesus was here on earth as a human, then there was no God in heaven!!!
What is the truth? Mary gave birth to the SON of the One True God.
GOD WAS CRUCIFIED AND DIED ON THE CROSS?
Jesus died on the cross. This is a fact accepted by all who profess they are Christians. The Bible attest to this fact:
John 19:31-33 NKJV
“Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
Thus, insisting that Jesus is God is insisting that God was crucified and died on the cross. So, there was a three-day period in the history of the universe that God is dead? Absurd indeed. This is a blasphemy against the true God. About the true God, the Bible said:
I Timothy 1:17 NKJV
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
What is the truth? It is Jesus who was crucified and died on the cross, not God because Jesus is not God, but the Son of the One True God.
GOD IS SITTING AT HIS OWN RIGHT HAND?
The Bible clearly said that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God:
Colossians 3:1 NKJV
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”
If Christ is God, then God is sitting at His own right hand! Absurd, isn’t?
Then, what is the truth? The Lord jesus is sitting on the right hand of the One True God.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH THEN?
What is the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ clearly written in the Bible that must accepted by those who wants to attain salvation?
I Timothy 2:3-4,5 NKJV
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
These are only some of the numerous verses of the Bible that proves that the Lord Jesus is not the One True God taught by the Holy Scriptures. Read the Bible and you will clearly see that the Lord Jesus Christ is different from the Lord God, that Jesus is the Son of the One True God, not God Himself.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) uphold the truth written in the Bible that Jesus is Lord, our Savior, and the Son of God. However, we also uphold the biblical truth that the Father alone is the One True God.