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Why do some people believe that Jesus is God

Why do some people believe that Jesus is God when the Bible shows a different view? Or Dos It?

Why do some people believe that Jesus is God

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  4. Why do some people believe that Jesus is God when the Bible shows a different view? Or Dos It?
  5. John 14:28 says, "If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I."

    If Jesus was equal to God, then why does this say that the Father is greater than Jesus?

    1 Corinthians 11:3 says, "I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God."

    If Jesus was God, then he would be the head of himself.

    Matthew 20:20-23 says, "The mother of the sons of Zebedee . . . said to him [Jesus], ‘Command that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, . . . ‘You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."

    Why couldn't Jesus grant the sons of Zebedee to sit at his right hand or left hand if he was God? Why did Jesus say that only God could grant this?

    Mark 13:32 says, "Of that day or that hour no ones knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

    Why doesn't Jesus know everything his Father knows if they're both God?
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    Jesus is lesser than the Father in authority, but has the same nature (described in Colossians 2:9 as godhead or deity - which means "the state of being God" - Thayer's Lexicon).

    Your quote from 1 Corinthians 11:3 actually proves the point: the head of a woman is the man (but they have the same nature - human). Nobody seriously would say the woman is intrinsically inferior to the man. The Father is head of Jesus and they both have the same nature - godhead (or Godhood if you prefer).

    There are many verses in the Bible which show that Jesus is equal with the Father (John 5:18 is a prime example).

    The New World Translation says the Word (a title of Jesus) is "a god" in John 1:1, but that is just poor translation and should say "God". Titus 2:13, 2 Peter 1:1 show Jesus to be God (unless you use the New World Translation, which deliberately obscures the meaning of the texts):

    compare:
    New King James Version
    "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"


    New World Translation
    "while we wait for the happy hope and glorious manifestation of the Great God and of [the] Savior of us, Jesus Christ"

    Jesus is rightfully according to the correct translation from the original Greek called "the great God and Savior", but the New World Translation adds extra words into the English to make the words "God" and "Savior" apply to two different people. Shame.

  7. John 1
    The Word Became Flesh
     1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
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    New International Version (©1984)
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    New Living Translation (©2007)
    In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    English Standard Version (©2001)
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    International Standard Version (©2008)
    In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    King James Bible
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    American King James Version
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    American Standard Version
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Bible in Basic English
    From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God.
    Douay-Rheims Bible
    IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Darby Bible Translation
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    English Revised Version
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Webster's Bible Translation
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Weymouth New Testament
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    World English Bible
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    Young's Literal Translation
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
     
    Geneva Study Bible
    In {1} the {a} beginning {b} was {c} the Word, and the Word was {d} with God, and the {e} Word was God.
    (1) The Son of God is of one and the selfsame eternity or everlastingness, and of one and the selfsame essence or nature with the Father.
    (a) From the beginning, as the evangelist says in 1Jo 1:1; it is as though he said that the Word did not begin to have his being when God began to make all that was made: for the Word was even then when all things that were made began to be made, and therefore he was before the beginning of all things.
    (b) Had his being.
    (c) This word the points out to us a peculiar and choice thing above all others, and puts a difference between this Word, which is the Son of God, and the laws of God, which are also called the word of God.
    (d) This word with points out that there is a distinction of persons here.
    (e) This word Word is the first in order in the sentence, and is the subject of the sentence, and this word God is the latter in order, and is the predicate of the sentence.
    People's New Testament
    1:1-3 The Beginning of Christ's Ministry
    SUMMARY OF JOHN 1:
    The Word Made Flesh. The Witness of John. John's Disciples Pointed to Christ. The Lord Calls His First Disciples. An Israelite Indeed.
    In the beginning was the Word, etc. The first fourteen verses are introductory. In order to set at rest all controversy the Divine nature of Jesus, John glances, in the first three verses, back to the beginning, recorded in Genesis, and affirms: (1) That he who was afterwards manifest as the Christ existed before creation began; (2) that he was present with God; (3) that he was divine; (4) that he was the Word; (5) that by or through him were all things made that were made (Joh 1:3). The first chapter of Genesis helps us to understand its meaning. God said, Let there be light (Ge 1:3), Let there be a firmament (Ge 1:6), Let the earth bring forth (Ge 1:11), etc. and it was done. God exhibits his creative power through the Word, and manifests his will through the Word. There are mysteries belonging to the divine nature and to the relation between the Son and the Father that we have to wait for eternity to solve. They are too deep for human solution, but this is clear: that God creates and speaks to man through the Word. As we clothe our thoughts in words, so God reveals his will by the Word, and when the Word is clothed in flesh, as the Teacher of men, we recognize it as Jesus Christ.
    Wesley's Notes
    1:1 In the beginning - (Referring to Gen 1:1, and Prov 8:23.) When all things began to be made by the Word: in the beginning of heaven and earth, and this whole frame of created beings, the Word existed, without any beginning. He was when all things began to be, whatsoever had a beginning. The Word - So termed Psa 33:6, and frequently by the seventy, and in the Chaldee paraphrase. So that St. John did not borrow this expression from Philo, or any heathen writer. He was not yet named Jesus, or Christ. He is the Word whom the Father begat or spoke from eternity; by whom the Father speaking, maketh all things; who speaketh the Father to us. We have, in John 1:18, both a real description of the Word, and the reason why he is so called. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, who is in the bosom of the Father, and hath declared him. And the Word was with God - Therefore distinct from God the Father. The word rendered with, denotes a perpetual tendency as it were of the Son to the Father, in unity of essence. He was with God alone; because nothing beside God had then any being. And the Word was God - Supreme, eternal, independent. There was no creature, in respect of which he could be styled God in a relative sense. Therefore he is styled so in the absolute sense. The Godhead of the Messiah being clearly revealed in the Old Testament, (Jer 23:7; Hos 1:6; Psa 23:1,) the other evangelists aim at this, to prove that Jesus, a true man, was the Messiah. But when, at length, some from hence began to doubt of his Godhead, then St. John expressly asserted it, and wrote in this book as it were a supplement to the Gospels, as in the Revelation to the prophets.
    Scofield Reference Notes
    SCOFIELD REFERENCE NOTES (Old Scofield 1917 Edition)
    Book Introduction
    The Gospel According to St. John
    WRITER. The fourth Gospel was written by the Apostle John Jn 21:24. This has been questioned on critical grounds, but on the same grounds and with equal scholarship, the early date and Johanean authorship have been maintained.
    DATE. The date of John's Gospel falls between A.D. 85 and 90. Probably the latter.
    THEME. This is indicated both in the Prologue (1.1-14), and in the last verse of the Gospel proper (20.31), and is: The incarnation of the eternal Word, and Son of life; (2) that as many as believe on Him as "the Christ, the Son of God" (20.31) may have eternal life. The prominent words are, "believed" and "life."
    The book is in seven natural divisions:
    I. Prologue: The eternal Word incarnate in Jesus the Christ, 1.1-14.
    II. The witness of John the Baptist, 1.15-34.
    III. The public ministry of Christ, 1.35-12.50.
    IV. The private ministry of Christ to His own, 13.1-17.26.
    V. The sacrifice of Christ, 18.1-19.42.
    VI. The manifestation of Christ in resurrection, 20.1-31.
    VII. Epilogue: Christ the Master of life and service, 21.1-25.
    The events recorded in this book cover a period of 7 years.
    [1] Word
    Gr. "Logos" (arm. "Memra," used in the Targums, or Heb. paraphrases, for God). The Greek term means,
    (1) a thought or concept;
    (2) the expression or utterance of that thought. As a designation of Christ, therefore, Logos is peculiarly felicitous because,
    Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
    THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN Commentary by David Brown
    INTRODUCTION
    The author of the Fourth Gospel was the younger of the two sons of Zebedee, a fisherman on the Sea of Galilee, who resided at Bethsaida, where were born Peter and Andrew his brother, and Philip also. His mother's name was Salome, who, though not without her imperfections (Mt 20:20-28), was one of those dear and honored women who accompanied the Lord on one of His preaching circuits through Galilee, ministering to His bodily wants; who followed Him to the cross, and bought sweet spices to anoint Him after His burial, but, on bringing them to the grave, on the morning of the First Day of the week, found their loving services gloriously superseded by His resurrection ere they arrived. His father, Zebedee, appears to have been in good circumstances, owning a vessel of his own and having hired servants (Mr 1:20). Our Evangelist, whose occupation was that of a fisherman with his father, was beyond doubt a disciple of the Baptist, and one of the two who had the first interview with Jesus. He was called while engaged at his secular occupation (Mt 4:21, 22), and again on a memorable occasion (Lu 5:1-11), and finally chosen as one of the Twelve Apostles (Mt 10:2). He was the youngest of the Twelve-the "Benjamin," as Da Costa calls him-and he and James his brother were named in the native tongue by Him who knew the heart, "Boanerges," which the Evangelist Mark (Mr 3:17) explains to mean "Sons of thunder"; no doubt from their natural vehemence of character. They and Peter constituted that select triumvirate of whom see on [1753]Lu 9:28. But the highest honor bestowed on this disciple was his being admitted to the bosom place with his Lord at the table, as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (Joh 13:23; 20:2; 21:7, 20:24), and to have committed to him by the dying Redeemer the care of His mother (Joh 19:26, 27). There can be no reasonable doubt that this distinction was due to a sympathy with His own spirit and mind on the part of John which the all-penetrating Eye of their common Master beheld in none of the rest; and although this was probably never seen either in his life or in his ministry by his fellow apostles, it is brought out wonderfully in his writings, which, in Christ-like spirituality, heavenliness, and love, surpass, we may freely say, all the other inspired writings.
    After the effusion of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, we find him in constant but silent company with Peter, the great spokesman and actor in the infant Church until the accession of Paul. While his love to the Lord Jesus drew him spontaneously to the side of His eminent servant, and his chastened vehemence made him ready to stand courageously by him, and suffer with him, in all that his testimony to Jesus might cost him, his modest humility, as the youngest of all the apostles, made him an admiring listener and faithful supporter of his brother apostle rather than a speaker or separate actor. Ecclesiastical history is uniform in testifying that John went to Asia Minor; but it is next to certain that this could not have been till after the death both of Peter and Paul; that he resided at Ephesus, whence, as from a center, he superintended the churches of that region, paying them occasional visits; and that he long survived the other apostles. Whether the mother of Jesus died before this, or went with John to Ephesus, where she died and was buried, is not agreed. One or two anecdotes of his later days have been handed down by tradition, one at least bearing marks of reasonable probability. But it is not necessary to give them here. In the reign of Domitian (A.D. 81-96) he was banished to "the isle that is called Patmos" (a small rocky and then almost uninhabited island in the Ægean Sea), "for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Re 1:9). Irenæus and Eusebius say that this took place about the end of Domitian's reign. That he was thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, and miraculously delivered, is one of those legends which, though reported by Tertullian and Jerome, is entitled to no credit. His return from exile took place during the brief but tolerant reign of Nerva; he died at Ephesus in the reign of Trajan [Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, 3.23], at an age above ninety, according to some; according to others, one hundred; and even one hundred twenty, according to others still. The intermediate number is generally regarded as probably the nearest to the truth.
    As to the date of this Gospel, the arguments for its having been composed before the destruction of Jerusalem (though relied on by some superior critics) are of the slenderest nature; such as the expression in Joh 5:2, "there is at Jerusalem, by the sheep-gate, a pool," &c.; there being no allusion to Peter's martyrdom as having occurred according to the prediction in Joh 21:18-a thing too well known to require mention. That it was composed long after the destruction of Jerusalem, and after the decease of all the other apostles, is next to certain, though the precise time cannot be determined. Probably it was before his banishment, however; and if we date it between the years 90 and 94, we shall probably be close to the truth.
    As to the readers for whom it was more immediately designed, that they were Gentiles we might naturally presume from the lateness of the date; but the multitude of explanations of things familiar to every Jew puts this beyond all question.
    No doubt was ever thrown upon the genuineness and authenticity of this Gospel till about the close of the eighteenth century; nor were these embodied in any formal attack upon it till Bretschneider, in 1820, issued his famous treatise [Probabilia], the conclusions of which he afterwards was candid enough to admit had been satisfactorily disproved. To advert to these would be as painful as unnecessary; consisting as they mostly do of assertions regarding the Discourses of our Lord recorded in this Gospel which are revolting to every spiritual mind. The Tubingen school did their best, on their peculiar mode of reasoning, to galvanize into fresh life this theory of the post-Joannean date of the Fourth Gospel; and some Unitarian critics still cling to it. But to use the striking language of Van Oosterzee regarding similar speculations on the Third Gospel, "Behold, the feet of them that shall carry it out dead are already at the door" (Ac 5:9). Is there one mind of the least elevation of spiritual discernment that does not see in this Gospel marks of historical truth and a surpassing glory such as none of the other Gospels possess, brightly as they too attest their own verity; and who will not be ready to say that if not historically true, and true just as it stands, it never could have been by mortal man composed or conceived?
    Of the peculiarities of this Gospel, we note here only two. The one is its reflective character. While the others are purely narrative, the Fourth Evangelist, "pauses, as it were, at every turn," as Da Costa says [Four Witnesses, p. 234], "at one time to give a reason, at another to fix the attention, to deduce consequences, or make applications, or to give utterance to the language of praise." See Joh 2:20, 21, 23-25; 4:1, 2; 7:37-39; 11:12, 13, 49-52; 21:18, 19, 22, 23. The other peculiarity of this Gospel is its supplementary character. By this, in the present instance, we mean something more than the studiousness with which he omits many most important particulars in our Lord's history, for no conceivable reason but that they were already familiar as household words to all his readers, through the three preceding Gospels, and his substituting in place of these an immense quantity of the richest matter not found in the other Gospels. We refer here more particularly to the nature of the additions which distinguish this Gospel; particularly the notices of the different Passovers which occurred during our Lord's public ministry, and the record of His teaching at Jerusalem, without which it is not too much to say that we could have had but a most imperfect conception either of the duration of His ministry or of the plan of it. But another feature of these additions is quite as noticeable and not less important. "We find," to use again the words of Da Costa [Four Witnesses, pp. 238, 239], slightly abridged, "only six of our Lord's miracles recorded in this Gospel, but these are all of the most remarkable kind, and surpass the rest in depth, specialty of application, and fulness of meaning. Of these six we find only one in the other three Gospels-the multiplication of the loaves. That miracle chiefly, it would seem, on account of the important instructions of which it furnished the occasion (Joh 6:1-71), is here recorded anew. The five other tokens of divine power are distinguished from among the many recorded in the three other Gospels by their furnishing a still higher display of power and command over the ordinary laws and course of nature. Thus we find recorded here the first of all the miracles that Jesus wrought-the changing of water into wine (Joh 2:1-11), the cure of the nobleman's son at a distance (Joh 4:43-54); of the numerous cures of the lame and the paralytic by the word of Jesus, only one-of the man impotent for thirty and eight years (Joh 5:1-9); of the many cures of the blind, one only-of the man born blind (Joh 9:1-12); the restoration of Lazarus, not from a deathbed, like Jairus' daughter, nor from a bier, like the widow of Nain's son, but from the grave, and after lying there four days, and there sinking into corruption (Joh 11:1-44); and lastly, after His resurrection, the miraculous draught of fishes on the Sea of Tiberias (Joh 21:5-11). But these are all recorded chiefly to give occasion for the record of those astonishing discourses and conversations, alike with friends and with foes, with His disciples and with the multitude which they drew forth."
    Other illustrations of the peculiarities of this Gospel will occur, and other points connected with it be adverted to, in the course of the Commentary.
    CHAPTER 1
    Joh 1:1-14. The Word Made Flesh.
    1. In the beginning-of all time and created existence, for this Word gave it being (Joh 1:3, 10); therefore, "before the world was" (Joh 17:5, 24); or, from all eternity.
    was the Word-He who is to God what man's word is to himself, the manifestation or expression of himself to those without him. (See on [1754]Joh 1:18). On the origin of this most lofty and now for ever consecrated title of Christ, this is not the place to speak. It occurs only in the writings of this seraphic apostle.
    was with God-having a conscious personal existence distinct from God (as one is from the person he is "with"), but inseparable from Him and associated with Him (Joh 1:18; Joh 17:5; 1Jo 1:2), where "THE Father" is used in the same sense as "God" here.
    was God-in substance and essence God; or was possessed of essential or proper divinity. Thus, each of these brief but pregnant statements is the complement of the other, correcting any misapprehensions which the others might occasion. Was the Word eternal? It was not the eternity of "the Father," but of a conscious personal existence distinct from Him and associated with Him. Was the Word thus "with God?" It was not the distinctness and the fellowship of another being, as if there were more Gods than one, but of One who was Himself God-in such sense that the absolute unity of the God head, the great principle of all religion, is only transferred from the region of shadowy abstraction to the region of essential life and love. But why all this definition? Not to give us any abstract information about certain mysterious distinctions in the Godhead, but solely to let the reader know who it was that in the fulness of time "was made flesh." After each verse, then, the reader must say, "It was He who is thus, and thus, and thus described, who was made flesh."
    Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
    1:1-5 The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world. What the evangelist says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts, His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. The Word was with God. All things were made by him, and not as an instrument. Without him was not any thing made that was made, from the highest angel to the meanest worm. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of sense, is derived from him, and depends upon him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness comprehends it not. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise unto salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ.
     
     
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  9. The New World Translation of the Bible was completed in 1961 by the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society. The Watchtower Tract and Bible Society is also known as the Jehovah's Witnesses. The New World Translation is not a true translation of the Bible. Rather, it is an intentional editing of the Bible in order to promote the beliefs of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The New World Translation is identical to other Bible translations in many places. The differences arise when something was stated in the Bible with which the Jehovah's Witnesses disagree. Whatever verses and passages in the Bible that did not agree with the teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses were edited or removed.
  10. The New World Translation is the ultimate example of a religious group altering the Bible in order to promote a particular sect. Here are some examples:
  11. John 1:1 (NKJV), "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 (NWT), "In (the) beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god." This change was made because Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is God. Rather, Jehovah's witnesses believe Jesus is a created being, the highest of the angels.
  12. Hebrews 1:8 (NIV), "But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever…" Hebrews 1:8 (NWT), "God is your throne forever…" Again, a clear reference to Jesus as God is twisted.
  13. Genesis 1:2 (KJV), "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Genesis 1:2 (NWT), "Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of [the] watery deep; and God's active force was moving to and fro over the surface of the waters."
  14. The Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a person or is God, rather they believe Him to be a figure of God's power.
  15. The New World Translation is not a translation of the Bible. It is an intentional perversion of the Bible in order to promote the false doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The names of the "translators" of the New World Translation have been for the most part kept secret. It has been revealed that those responsible for the New World Translation had no knowledge of Hebrew and Greek and no experience in the field of Bible translation. The New World Translation is nothing but the attempt of the Jehovah's Witnesses to make the Bible agree with their false doctrines.
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