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Face Off: King Jesus versus Allah (Surah 1)

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Muslims do not just fail to see direct claims to divinity made by Jesus, but they also seem to ignore the full import of Jesus’ words. They gloss over them quickly, perhaps out of fear that what they see will contradict what they have been taught. And the Bible most certainly does that.
  While there is no comparing the Bible with the Quran, to try and bridge that gap for Muslims, we will do a face off between some of the words that they believe were spoken by their god, Allah, with statements made by Jesus and others about His divinity.
  This is the very first chapter of the Quran: Surah 1 Al Fatihah (Pickthall)1 In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.2 Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,3 The Beneficent, the Merciful.4 Master of the Day of Judgment,5 Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.6 Show us the straight path,7 The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.  We will break up th…

Is Jesus God in the Gospel of John?

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Since this is part of a series, we will borrow our introductory paragraph from a previous post:

  "One of the Bible's teachings that is frequently attacked is that of the deity of Christ. But every single one of the New Testament's four Gospels declares Jesus as God. And every single one of them does so in the very first chapter. We must also remember that, if the Gospel authors assert Christ's divinity in their very first chapters, this means that Jesus is God throughout the entirebook. Jesus cannot start off as God and lose His deity a few chapters later. That would make no sense. Either He is God, or He isn't. And we must let the text show us what it says. In its proper context. There will be no pretexts here."

  In this post, we go through the first chapter of the Gospel of John: 



John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word,
   and the Word was with God,
   and the Word was God.

 2 He was with God in the beginning.

 3 All things were created through Him,
    and …

Is Jesus God in the Gospel of Luke?

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Since this is part of a series, we will borrow an introductory paragraph from a previous post:

  "One of the Bible's teachings that is frequently attacked is that of the deity of Christ. But every single one of the New Testament's four Gospels declares Jesus as God. And every single one of them does so in the very first chapter. We must also remember that, if the Gospel authors assert Christ's divinity in their very first chapters, this means that Jesus is God throughout the entirebook. Jesus cannot start off as God and lose His deity a few chapters later. That would make no sense. Either He is God, or He isn't. And we must let the text show us what it says. In its proper context. There will be no pretexts here."

  In this post, we go through the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.



  After a brief explanation of why he is writing this account of the life of Jesus, Luke relates the story of Zechariah and the miracles that accompanied the gift he received fro…

Is Jesus God in the Gospel of Mark?

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Who did Mark, the Gospel writer, think Jesus was? 

  We can find our answer very quickly in his Gospel because Mark doesn't waste any time at all: he states it immediately in the very first verse of the very first chapter. He then repeats it in verses 2, 3, 8 and 11. 

  Mark tells us Jesus is God five times in just the first 11 verses of his Gospel! 

  Let's go through 9 of the verses in the passage first to acquaint ourselves with the text, and then we'll go back over them to list and explain these testimonies of Jesus' deity.

Mark 1 (italics mine to highlight the declarations of deity)

 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
    Look, I am sending My messenger ahead of You,
    who will prepare Your way.

 3 A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
    Prepare the way for the Lord;
    make His paths straight!

 4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the for…

Is Jesus God in the Gospel of Matthew?

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Any text can be twisted to mean something that was never intended. Sadly, this is done with the Bible all the time. Single verses are wrenched from their contexts and reinterpreted to fit the misinterpreter's agenda, proving the maxim that "a text without a context is a pretext." If one is truly searching for truth, then one must always consider the context of the words being spoken. Especially when it is the Bible you are reading, because so much more is at stake.

  One of the Bible's teachings that is frequently attacked is that of the deity of Christ. But every single one of the New Testament's four Gospels declares Jesus as God. And every single one of them does so in the very first chapter. We must also remember that, if the Gospel authors assert Christ's divinity in their very first chapters, this means that Jesus is God throughout the entirebook. Jesus cannot start off as God and lose His deity a few chapters later. That would make no sense. Either He…