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Don Stewart :: What Are Some Objections to Jesus' Deity?

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Don Stewart

There are a number of common objections to the idea that Jesus of Nazareth was actually God Almighty who became a human being. These are as follows.

1. Jesus Is The Only Begotten Son

A number of times Jesus is called the only begotten Son. This is understood to mean that he had a beginning.

2. Jesus Statement, "My Father Is Greater Than I"

The statement of Jesus that, "My Father is greater than I" has led some to conclude that Jesus was inferior to God the Father

3. Jesus Is Called The Firstborn Of All Creation

In the Book of Colossians Jesus is called the firstborn of all creation. This has been understood to mean that Jesus was a created being and not the Creator.

4. Jesus Is Called The Beginning Of God's Creation

In the Book of Revelation Jesus is called the beginning of God's creation. This is understood to mean that He was God's first created being.

These different statements found in Scripture are said to portray Jesus as a created being who is not the eternal God.

These Statements Do Not Deny Christ's Deity

These statements do not say that Jesus is something less than God. Once they are understood in their proper context it will be seen they are consistent with the entirety of biblical teaching concerning the character of Christ.

Summary

There are a number of objections that people make to the deity of Christ. They include statements that Jesus made, the fact that Jesus was called the firstborn of all creation, the beginning of the creation of God, and the only begotten Son. However when each of these are understood in their context they do not contradict the idea of Jesus as God.

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