Answering The Most Common
Objections To The Deity Of Christ
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are several groups that deny the deity of Christ. Four of the most common are:
Jehovah's Witnesses, The Way International, Christadelphians and Unitarians. The
most common arguments used by these groups, and some others that are not listed,
are cited below. It is out of obedience to Jude 3 and love for the truth of God
that this study has been presented. (The Christian worker should become familiar
with the contents of this study. See 1 Pet. 3:15.)
[Before the following refutations are
given, it is imperative that you know two basic truths about the Lord Jesus: (1)
When a Christian says, "Jesus is God," he is NOT saying Jesus is the Father!
Jesus is NOT the person of the Father, yet He is equal to the Father BY NATURE.
In other words, Jesus is God BY NATURE, as are the Father and the Holy Spirit.
(2) Jesus is both God BY NATURE and man. In other words, He is both true God AND
true man. Jesus' humanity is shown in Heb. 2:14 and 1 Tim. 2:5.]
Jn. 14:28 reads, "... my Father is greater than I." If Jesus is equal to the
Father, as the Trinity definition states, then why did Jesus say His Father was
"greater" than He?
Jesus spoke these words after He humbled Himself and became a servant (Phil.
2:5-8). Furthermore, the word "greater" refers to OFFICE or POSITION and not
NATURE! God is God because of His "NATURE" (Gal. 4:8). Jesus is saying in Jn.
14:28 that His Father has a "greater" OFFICE or POSITION than He does. This is
how the word "greater" is used as clearly seen in Gen 41:40. That verse reads,
"You [Joseph] shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit
to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I [Pharaoh] be GREATER than
you," (NIV). Pharaoh was "greater" than Joseph only by OFFICE or POSITION, but
not NATURE. The nature of Pharaoh and Joseph was the same, that is, human being.
Similarly, the president of the USA is GREATER than we are, as far as OFFICE or
POSITION is concerned, but certainly not by NATURE!
1 Cor. 11:3 reads, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is
Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." If
Christ has a "head," then He can't be God.
Does this show Jesus inferior to the Father by NATURE? If one will insist that
it does, then to be consistent, he would have to say the same regarding the
woman to the man! Though a wife is subject to her husband in the Lord, she is
NOT inferior to him by nature. The same is true with the relationship between
the Lord Jesus and the Father.
1 Cor. 15:28 says, "And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall
the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God
may be all in all." If Jesus is "subject" to the Father, He can't be God.
Again, this argument is similar to Arguments #1 and #2. This verse doesn't refer
to NATURE either, but only to OFFICE or POSITION! In Lk. 2:51, the SAME GREEK
WORD translated "subject" is found. No one would say that Jesus was inferior BY
NATURE to Joseph and Mary from Lk. 2:51, which would be the natural conclusion
if the word "subject" refers to NATURE! Likewise, Jesus is NOT inferior BY
NATURE to the Father, since He is God. See Jn. 1:1, Greek; Jn. 20:28; Phil. 2:6;
Titus 2:13; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1 and 1 Jn. 5:20.
OBJECTION #4. Mk. 13:32
declares, "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." If Jesus was God, then He
would have had this knowledge.
ANSWER: Again, we must
bear in mind that Jesus is true man besides true God. The Lord Jesus spoke these
words when He was limited by His humanity and was relying upon the Father
entirely (Acts 10:38; Jn. 12:49). After His resurrection, however, Jesus would
have to be all-knowing, since He can be prayed to (Jn. 14:14, Greek; Acts 7:59;
9:14,21; 1 Cor. 1:2). In other words, if a group of Christians is praying to
Jesus in Canada, Mexico and Japan at the same time, He would have to be
all-knowing to know their requests! Also, since prayer is a form of worship, it
would be idolatry to pray to Jesus unless He was and is God by NATURE. (If He
wasn't God by NATURE, then the early Church was guilty of idolatry by praying to
Jesus, which is IMPOSSIBLE!)
OBJECTION #5. Lk. 18:19
reads, "And Jesus said unto him, 'Why callest thou me good? None is good, save
one, that is, God.'" God is "good," but Jesus isn't. Therefore, Jesus isn't God.
ANSWER: If one would look
closely at this verse, he should quickly notice that Jesus NEVER said that He
Himself was NOT 'good'! He merely asked, "Why callest thou me good?" Jesus
wanted to know "WHY," that's all! Furthermore, Jesus openly declared elsewhere
that He Himself was the "GOOD shepherd" (Jn. 10:11). Psalm 23 declares YHWH as
the "shepherd," but He isn't called the "GOOD" shepherd, the description Jesus
reserved for Himself!
OBJECTION #6. Jesus is
shown in the Scriptures as being created in Rev. 3:14; Col. 1:15; Prov. 8:22 and
Psa. 2:7. If He was created, He can't be God, since God is eternal.
ANSWER: (A) Rev. 3:14
states that Jesus is "the beginning of the creation of God." The word translated
"beginning" is ARCHE in the Greek. It also means ORIGIN besides BEGINNING. Since
ORIGIN and SOURCE are synonymous, we can now understand why this verse reads in
the N. A. B. "the SOURCE of God's creation." This verse doesn't show Jesus is
created, but that He is the Creator! After all, since Jesus created EVERYTHING
that was created (Col. 1:16), how could He be part of His own creation?
(B) Col. 1:15 reports that Jesus is "the
firstborn of every creature." Please notice that it does NOT say
"first-created"! This word, "firstborn," has more than one possible meaning. If
one would read Gen. 41:51,52; 48:17-19 and Jer. 31:9 he would see that it can
mean PREEMINENT. That is how it is used in Col. 1:15 as the context reveals from
verses 15 through 18. Jesus is PREEMINENT over creation because: (1) He created
everything that was created, (2) ALL created things were created for Him, (3) He
existed before ALL created things and (4) ALL created things are held together
because of Him.
(C) Prov. 8:22 states that Wisdom was
brought forth in the beginning. Since Jesus is called the "Wisdom of God" (1
Cor. 1:24), He was created, according to the argument.
What one must decide is: IS THIS WISDOM
MENTIONED IN PROV. 8 REFERRING TO JESUS, BEFORE HE CAME TO EARTH? According to
Jn. 1:1,14, Jesus was called the "Word" before He came to earth, NOT Wisdom (or
even "Michael" as some groups teach)!
Secondly, the chapter reveals Wisdom in
verse 19 as the PROPER USE OF KNOWLEDGE as shown by Job 28:15. Therefore, the
Wisdom of Prov. 8 is personified and not really a person at all!
Finally, since Jesus is the WISDOM OF GOD
and the POWER OF GOD (1 Cor. 1:24), for one to say that He was created is to say
that there was a point in time in the distant past when God existed WITHOUT
Wisdom and Power, which is ludicrous!
(D) Psa. 2:7; Jn. 3:16; etc. state that
Jesus was "begotten." Does this mean that Jesus had a beginning as we did, since
we were begotten by our fathers and at that point we had our beginning? The
answer to Psa. 2:7 is found in Acts 13:30-33. There we learn that this verse
from Psalms refers to the resurrection of Christ! Secondly, the word translated
"only begotten" in Jn. 3:16,18 and 1 Jn. 4:9 in regards to Christ is also used
in Heb. 11:17 in regards to Isaac. Was Isaac the FIRST child of Abraham? No! See
Gen. 16:15,16. Was Isaac the ONLY child of Abraham? No! See Gen. 16:15,16;
25:1,2. Was Isaac the UNIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND son of Abraham? Yes! This is how this
same Greek word is used in reference to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the UNIQUE
ONE-OF-A-KIND Son to the Father, but NOT created. Micah 5:2 refers to Jesus the
SAME WAY Psa. 93:2 refers to God. Jesus is "from everlasting" and therefore
can't be part of creation. Since He isn't part of creation, then He must be God,
since only God is eternal!
OBJECTION #7. In the
Bible, Jesus is NEVER called "God the Son," but instead "the Son of God."
Therefore, He can't be God.
ANSWER: This argument has
a trace of truth in it for the words, "God the Son," are NOT found in the Bible.
However, when an "open" student of the Scriptures examines all the verses
relevant to the deity of Christ, he will conclude that Jesus is both God and
man. How can this be? It's possible the same way Jesus can be both shepherd and
lamb and the high priest and sin offering at the same time! Concerning words NOT
found in the Bible, the word, "Bible," isn't found in the Bible! Neither is the
word "Millennium" found in the Bible, even though it is certainly taught in Rev.
OBJECTION #8. If Jesus is
God, who was He praying to in the Garden, Himself?
ANSWER: This question
stems from a misconception about HOW Christians believe Jesus is God. We believe
Jesus is God BY NATURE. We do NOT believe Jesus is the person of the Father! He
can NOT be the Father, since He prayed to the Father in Jn. 17! He certainly
wasn't praying to Himself. The Bible teaches that Jesus is God by NATURE, as is
the Father and the Holy Spirit. There is only one true God by NATURE. See Gal.
4:8. The Trinity is NOT defined as three Gods in one, but instead three Persons
in one God. God is the NATURE of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
OBJECTION #9. If Jesus is
God, then who ran the universe while He was dead for three days?
ANSWER: Again, this is no
problem to answer when one understands that Jesus is NOT the person of the
Father. The Father and the Son are two separate and distinct personalities.
OBJECTION #10. Jesus
can't be God, since God can't die!
ANSWER: Remember, Jesus
isn't only God by nature, but also man! Jesus could die as any other human,
because He became man (and still is man) besides being God by NATURE.
OBJECTION #11. Jesus
can't be God, because He said that the Father was His God in Jn. 20:17.
ANSWER: Jesus said this
as a man. This, however, doesn't change the clear evidence that shows Jesus is
God! The Apostle Thomas called Jesus, "My Lord and my God," Jn. 20:28. The Greek
literally says, "The Lord of me and the God of me." Remember also that Thomas
was a strict MONOtheistic Jew. Was the Apostle Thomas "in the truth?" Obviously
he was. Was the Apostle Thomas part of the early church? Obviously he was.
Therefore, the early church believed that Jesus is God. If you claim to believe
and teach like the early church, then shouldn't you proclaim the same? Are you
in the same "light" that the Apostles were in? Furthermore, the Father
identifies Jesus as "God" in Heb. 1:8. Again, the Greek says, "the God."
Certainly the Father knows the true identity of the Son. Also, Heb. 1:6 declares
that "ALL the angels worship Him [Jesus]." Who do the angels worship, according
to Rev. 19:10? According to Heb. 1:6, the angel of Rev. 19:10 WORSHIPS Jesus! In
fact, Jesus' disciples WORSHIPED Him too (Matt. 28:9). Why do you think Jesus
received this WORSHIP from His disciples? Are you following the example of the
early disciples regarding this? Did you know it would have been idolatry for
those early disciples, who were "in the truth" to worship Jesus, unless He was
Two final questions: WHO has "ALL"
authority in HEAVEN and on Earth right now (Matt. 28:18)? ____the Father ____the
Son. Are you a WORSHIPER of Him? ____YES ____NO.
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