Jesus is the only prophet of God who has been claimed to be divine by main groups of his followers lead by self declared disciple and apostle Paul (Saul, a Jew who was actively involved in persecution of early followers of Jesus, but later converted). They support their claim from various verses form the Bible. A study of the Christian scriptures reveals that Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) never claimed divinity, being a prophet of God for the Jews, he performed his mission sincerely. In fact there is not a single unequivocal statement in the entire Bible where Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) himself says, “I am God” or where he says, “worship me”. Actuality the Bible contains statements attributed to Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in which he preached quite the contrary: (John;14:28, John;10:29, Mathew;12:28, Luke;1:20, John;5:30, Mathew;19:16-17, Luke;24:39-43). God says in Qur’an: “O people of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of God aught but truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an Apostle of God and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in God and His Apostles. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: for God is One God: glory be to him: (for Exalted is He) above having a son. To him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is God as a Disposer of affairs.(Qur’an;4:171). The critical examination of the most common arguments given by Christians to support their claim of divinity of Jesus will reveal, whether the existing concepts are in line or against the clearly stated mission and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.
Jesus, The Messenger of God For Jews:
The divinity of Jesus is negated, due to his status as Prophet of God for the Israelites, like many prophets sent for them previously by God. It is mentioned in Qur’an: “He (Jesus) said: “I am indeed a servant of God: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet;” (Qura’n;19:30). The Bible also clearly indicates that he was sent by God as His messenger: “… I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”(Mathew;15:24), “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”(Mathew;5:17-20), “And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.”(Mark;6:4),“And the crowds said, ‘This is the prophet Jesus of Nazareth of Galilee.”(Matthew;21:11); “And there was a division among them. So again they asked the once blind man, “What is your account of him? – for he opened your eyes.” “He is a Prophet,” he replied.”(John;9:17); “And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:”(Luke;24:19); “Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.”(Luke;13:33).
Jesus Repeatedly Emphasized Prophethood:
Jesus repeatedly emphasized his Prophethood: “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” (Matthew; 10:40-41), Jesus said:” And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”(John;17:3), “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” (John;4:34).“So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me; if any man’s will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.”(John;7:16-17), “So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know.”(John;7:28); “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people who stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me”(John;11:41-42), and “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.” (John;113:16). “And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said, ‘O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of God (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me and giving glad tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed.’ But when he came to them with clear signs, they said, ‘This is evident sorcery!”(Qur’an;61:6).[Ahmed” or “Muhammad” meaning “the one who praises” or “the praised one” is almost the translation of the Greek word PERICLYTOS. In the Gospel of John;14:16, 15:26, and 16:7, Jesus (peace be upon him) actually prophesized “Ahmed” by name, word ‘Comforter’ in Greek PARACLETOS, PERICLYTOS refers to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)]. Keep reading >>>>