If Jesus is God as Trinitarians and Oneness Pentecostals claim, what Jesus says would not make sense. For instance, in Matt. 5:8 Jesus says,
“Blessed are the pure in heart FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD.”
If Jesus is God, then he is intentionally being deceptive if he claims to be God as Trinitarians and Oneness Pentecostals falsely claim he did.
Some of the questions posed below to Trinitarians and Oneness Pentecostal believers will never get a straight answer. If an answer is given, notice that they must resort to unbiblical reasoning.
How can Jesus claim to be God and have a God at the same time? When he was resurrected from the dead he told the woman in John 20:17,
“I ascend to my Father and your Father, and MY GOD and YOUR GOD.”
And in Rev. 3:12 he says,
“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of MY GOD. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of MY GOD and the name of the city of MY GOD, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from MY GOD; and I will also write on him my new name.”
And in Revelation 3:21
“To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with MY FATHER on HIS THRONE.
In Rev. 1:6 Jesus says,
“[Jesus] has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve HIS GOD AND FATHER – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”
Notice this is AFTER he was resurrected from the dead. Again, How can Jesus claim to be God and have a God at the same time?
What about prayer? Does Jesus always pray to himself? (Ex. John 17:3) For that matter, if Jesus is God, why the need for him to pray at all?
If Jesus is God, why tell the disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me?” Why not simply say, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in me for I am God.”
If you say Jesus is God who created the heavens and the earth and mankind, why does Jesus say it was God who did those things? (Mark 10:6; see Gen. 1) Why couldn’t Jesus simply say, “I created…?
Bottom line, If Jesus is God and claims to be God as you say, why does he use a lot of double-talk to confuse the listeners?
If you say Jesus is 100% human and 100% God because he has a “dual nature,” where did you get that out of Scripture? If a person is 100% human, how can he be 100% of something else?
I often hear, and have used it myself, that nothing is too hard for God and that he COULD become a man if he so chooses. The question is not COULD God become a man, the question is, where in Scripture does it clearly state that he DID become a man? There is not one.
Where does it clearly state that Jesus was comprised of two natures? It doesn’t.
Hebrews 2:17 says,
“in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
If Jesus was made like unto his brethren, do we have a dual nature? Are we God-man? Since we don’t have a dual nature, Heb. 2:17 cannot be true concerning Jesus if you say he does.
Dual nature is not taught in Scripture. God did not send Himself to die for us. God cannot die!
No where in scripture did Jesus or the apostles teach a dual nature of Christ or that Christ was God. One would have to read that into scriptures and rely on philosophy. Scriptures are clear that Jesus is the Son of God and that God is his Father and our Father and our God. God the Father is the ONLY TRUE GOD (John 20:17, John 17:3, etc.)
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Col. 2:8
This blog coincides with what our dear late sister Carol Siders put together a few years ago titled “If Jesus is God, what does that say about God?” If you want me to, I can forward this to you.
Thanks, Deanna. I believe I have that already up. A lot of good questions!
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