It’s no secret that the true identity of Jesus is debated about all around the world. These discussions range from topics concerning the real historical Jesus to theological disputes about the nature of Jesus’ divinity. The question is however, who is right? Over the next couple of weeks, I would like to take some time and respond to a comment that was left on my blog site that challenged me to consider a video put together by an Islamic theological talk show. The particular episode in question is about a guest host, who was a former Christian youth minister, gives the top 10 reasons why Jesus is not God. My objective for this series of writings is two-fold.
1.) I want to accept this challenge and give responses to each of the 10 reasons. In each response, I will be responding directly to the claim made by the people on the show. My responses may not be too long, but if further discussion is desired, I would love to engage. 2.) In doing so, I would like to advocate that Jesus is in fact God and that God is truly revealed through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Without His works, death, and resurrection, no one could know God in a redemptive way.
First, before we get started, I would like to say that in me responding to these theological claims, I want it to be understood that I am not attacking the Islamic people in any way. I do not have anything personal against them. I am seeking to humbly and faithfully defend the Christian faith. If anything, this should make for an interesting discussion that could prove pivotal in later engagement with Muslim believers.
As I was watching this video, I noticed that the host and the guest being interviewed were very humble and kind. I respect that and I commend them for taking this issue very seriously. The video is an episode from a talk show called, “The Deen Show” (Click here to preview this video), and they’re website can be found at www.thedeenshow.com. If you get a chance, you should check it out, it’s quite interesting.
#10 Reason why Jesus is not God
According to the guest on the show the first reason that Jesus cannot be God is because Jesus was born. He argues that God has always existed, even before time. He would like to argue that God has always existed and cannot be born, Jesus was born, and therefore, Jesus does not have the same qualities as God so He cannot be God.
Response to Reason #10
I guess my first thought on the matter is to simply ask, why not? Even if Jesus is God, why can He not be born? Cannot God do anything that He wants to? This reason of why Jesus cannot be God fails to embrace the fact that Christianity has developed a theological system of how Jesus can be both God and be born, and the system works. In order for this objection to carry any weight, more on the matter needs to be argued. Just by stating that God cannot be born is not enough to overthrow such a belief.
Besides that, Christianity has a whole theology built around the incarnation (Jesus becoming man) of Christ. Along with our Muslim friends, Christians too believe that God has always existed, but we hold to a Trinitarian nature of God. This Trinitarian nature of God consists of the fact that God is 3 persons in one nature, the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. They’re not 3 separate gods that are really one in the end, as some eastern religions might believe, but rather there are 3 persons in one nature. The Trinitarian concept of God is a monotheistic belief, only one God. All of that to say, we believe that Jesus has always existed.
So we see that reason number 10 taken alone does not work. Christianity has a whole theology built around the fact that Jesus is God and was born. In order for this objection to work, it would have to discredit the whole of Christian belief and by itself it cannot accomplish that. However, the fact that Christianity has a place for Jesus being God and being born does not mean that it has answered every objection, but it does give us a good starting point.