The Divinity of Christ

There are two natures of Christ spelled out in Scripture: His Divinity and His Humanity. I will briefly discuss the former here. The divinity of Christ is the nature of Christ that is God, that is, Deity. Evidences of His Deity can be seen in:

1. The Divine Names given to Christ

(a) He is called “the Son of God” about 40 times (Lk. 22:70). That this name, as used of Christ, is a distinctly divine is seen in John 5:18 “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making himself equal to God.”

(b) He is called the “Only unique (or begotten) Son of God.”This occurs 5 times. In Mark 12:6, Jesus made a distinction between the prophets who are servants of God and Himself as “one,” a beloved “Son.”

(c)  He is called “The Alpha and the Omega” Rev 22:12-13. In Rev. 1:8 God said “I am the Alpha and the Omega.” Jesus introduced Himself as “The first and the last; I am he” (Rev. 1:17) just as Yahweh said in the OT: “I the LORD, the first, and with the last.” (Is. 41:4) “Thus saith the LORD I am the first, and I am the last and beside me there is no God.” (Is. 44:6)

(d) He is called “The Holy One” (Acts 3:14). This is the same name God revealed Himself as “for I am God and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee…”(Hosea 11:9).

(e) He is called “The Lord” (Lk. 2:11, Acts 9:19). The title ‘Lord’ is used of men 9 times e.g Acts 16:30, Eph. 4:1, Jn. 12:21 etc, but not at all in the way it is used of Christ. He is spoken of as “the Lord” just as God is (Acts 4:26, 33, Mt. 22:43-45, Phil. 2:11).

(f) He is called “the Lord of all” (Acts 10:36) and “the Lord of Glory” just as Yahweh is “the King of glory” (1 cor. 2:8; Ps. 24:8-10).

(g) He is called “Mighty God” just as God the Father is (Is. 9:6; 10:21; Jer. 32:18; Hab. 1:12); “God” (Jn. 20:28), “God with us” (Mt. 1:23); “our Great God” (Tit. 2:13 RSV) and “God blessed forever” (Rom. 9:5).

2. Divine Attributes

(a) Omnipotence

Jesus had power over diseases, over death, over the winds and seas, over demons; is “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come”; has all things put under His feet and upholds all things by His power (Lk. 4:39, 7:14, Mt. 8:26-27, 16, Eph. 1:20-23 and Heb. 1:3).

(b) Omniscience

Jesus knew men’s lives and secret history and men’s secret thoughts just as God the Father is the only who “alone know the hearts of men” and “search the heart” (jn. 4;16-19, Mk. 2:8, 2 Chr. 6:30, Jer. 17:10). Jesus knew not only men’s present thoughts but also their future choices as well. For example, He knew from the beginning that Judas would betray him (Jn. 6:64). He also knew about God’s acts and other minute details man can’t know (Jn. 1:48, Lk 5:4-6, 22:10-12).

(c) Omnipresence

Although there was a voluntary veiling and laying aside of His exercise of Divine Omniscience (as seen in His humanity), He is present everywhere two or three are gathered in His name; with everyone who goes forth into the world to make disciples  and He was in heaven as He was on earth (Mt. 18:20, 28:20, Jn. 3:13).

(d) Eternity

Jesus is the eternal “Word” of God (Jh 1:1); His “goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Mic. 5:2) “And he is before all things, and by Him all things consist” (Col. 1:17). He is “The Everlasting Father” (Is 9:6) who alone had the glory with the Father “before the world was” (Jn. 17:5). He said to the unbelieving Jews: “Before Abraham was, I am” (Jh 8:58).

(e) Immutability

Jesus is unchangeable. He is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8) “You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed but you remain the same” (Heb. 1:12). The same is said of Yahweh (Mal. 3:8)

3. Divine Offices

(a) Creation.

“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything that was made (Jn. 1:3). See also Hebrew 1:10, Colossians 1:16.

(b) Forgiver of Sins

He said to someone “your sins are forgiven” that even the doubters asked “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mk. 2:5-10). He said to another “Thy sins be forgiven” (Lk 7:48). He also taught that sins were against Himself (vs 40-47). The Psalmist said of Yahweh “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned” (Ps. 51:4).

(c) Judgement

Jesus will “judge the quick and the dead” (2Tim. 4:1). He also emphasized the Divine character of this office “Moreover the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son: That all may honor the Son as they honor the Father” (Jn. 5:22-23).

(d) Bestower of Eternal Life.

“I give them [my sheep], eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (Jn. 10:28) “For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him (Jn. 17:2).

4. The name of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are coupled together

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2Cor. 13:14)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)

“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Jas. 1:1)

“Jesus answered and said unto him, if a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make our abode with him.” (Jn. 14:23)

5. Various statements, titles and descriptions made by Yahweh in the OT were attributed to Jesus in the NT

(a) In Ps. 102:25-26 YHWH is the One who “laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of [His] hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.” This statement is attributed to Jesus in Heb. 1:10-12.

(b) Just as Yahweh is our “shepherd” and “tends his flock like a shepherd,” Jesus is “the good shepherd,” “the Shepherd and Overseer” of our souls (Ps. 23:1, Is. 40:11, Jn. 10:11, 1 Pt. 2:25).

(c) Is. 60:19 “The LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.” This is said of Jesus in Lk. 2:32 “A light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

(d) Ps. 50:3-4 says “Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people.” This is attributed to Christ: “God is just; He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you…This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.” (2 Thess. 1:6-7)

(e) Ps. 68:18 “When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious – that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.” This is said of Jesus in Eph. 4:8-9.

(f) In the OT, Yahweh is called “a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” (Is. 8:13-14) In the NT, this is said of Jesus (1 Pt. 2:8). Just as God is “the Rock” in the OT, so also is Jesus called “the Rock” in the NT (Dt. 32:3-4, Ps. 62:1-2, 1 Cor. 10:1-4).

(g) In the OT, God says “I, the LORD, search the heart and examine the mind.” (Jer 17:10, 11:20). In the NT, it is Jesus who does this: “Then all the churches will know that I AM HE who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each one of you according to your deeds.” (Rev. 2:23)

(h) Is. 40:3 speaks of “one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the LORD, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.'” In John 1:23 and Lk. 1:68-76, John the Baptist is presented as the one who prepared the way and the LORD is revealed as Jesus.

(i) In the OT, Isaiah saw “the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” to whom the people were calloused, blind and deaf (Is. 6: 3, 10) while in the NT, John says that Isaiah “saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.” (Jn. 12:37-41)

(j) In the OT, the Israelites spoke “against the LORD” and He sent fiery serpent among them (Num. 21:7). In the NT, we are warned: “Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.” (1 Cor. 10:9)

(k) In the OT, Yahweh says: “Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear” (Is. 45:23) while in the NT it says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11)

(l) Just as God says in the OT: “I will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock…so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” (Ezk. 34:11-12) In the NT, Jesus says: “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Lk. 19:10)

(m) In the OT, God’s people were commanded: “Do not fear what they fear and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard holy, he is the one you are to fear…” (Is. 8:12-13) In the NT, Christians are commanded: “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart [sanctify] Christ as Lord.” (1 Pet. 3:14-15)

(n) Joel 2:32 says: “And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” This is also said of Jesus in Acts 2:21, 4:10-12 and Romans 10:9-15. Just as Yahweh is the “Redeemer” so also is Jesus the “Saviour” (Ps. 78:35, 1 Jn. 4:14).

6. Divine worship given to Christ
(a) The same worship directed to God is also directed “to the Lamb [Jesus]” (Rev. 5:13) “…and twenty elders fell down before the lamb, having every one of them harps…” (5:8)

(b) Jesus accepted without hesitation a worship which godly men and angels rejected. “And they came and held him by the feet and worshipped him” (Mt. 28:9) “And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk. 24:52). Compare this with Acts 10:25-26, Rev. 22:8-9.

(c) Prayer is made to Christ “…with all that in every place call upon the name of Christ our Lord both theirs and ours” (1Cor. 1:2) “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon the Lord, and saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59) “For this thing I besought the LORD thrice…that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Cor 12:8-9)

From all the divine names, attributes, offices and statements in the Bible, it’s clear that Jesus Christ is a Divine Being, is God.

 

 

Dear Muslim, the Porn is in your Mind

Muslim leaders have a grand agenda: to keep as many Muslims as possible away from the Bible. When this can’t be done, they poison their minds against it so much that when they open a Bible, their minds are already so biased against it that they don’t want to learn anything meaningful from it. This is how these bearded men consolidate their hold on their followers. But a truth-seeking Muslim must be ready to shake off such mind-numbing manacles. Let’s assess their “porn in the Bible” shock quotes:

“Your Breasts are like two Fawns”

Here is the full passage:

1 How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. 2 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone. 3 Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like the halves of a pomegranate. 4 Your neck is like the tower of David, built with elegance; on it hangs a thousand shield, all of them shields of warriors. 5 Your two breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies. 6 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, I will go to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of incense. All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.

Unless one’s mind has been defiled with a perverse spirit (which is prevalent in Islam) there’s nothing pornographic about this passage. It’s a discussion between two mutual lovers, Solomon and the Shulamite bride. The Lion Handbook to the Bible (David and Pat Alexander, 1983, 368) note that: “The bridegroom glories in the beauty of his bride. The imagery is oriental, but love the world over shares the same delighted appreciation of the human form.”

Finnis Dake wrote: “The Song [of Solomon] was read annually at the passover, as Ruth read at Pentecost … It is a poem giving the story of Solomon and a Shulamite – a young woman whom he wanted to make his queen of queens, but who was already pledged to a shepherd of Shunem” (Dake Bible Commentary, 2001, 1133).

“By far the most common common interpretation of the Song of Solomon is that it is a collection of lyrics celebrating human love. This approach, based on affinities with ancient Near Eastern love poetry, seeks to do justice to the plastic language and sensuous imagery that reveal vivid imagination and artistic skill… [T]he Song was a collection of songs assembled as a repertoire for wedding celebrations. The vivid portrayal of the body of the woman (4.1-7; 6.4-7; 7.1-6) and of the man (5.10-16) resemble Arabic wafs sung at weddings. This includes vivid metaphors: hair falling like descending flocks of mountain goats; teeth sparkling like newly shorn goats; cheeks glistening like the inside of a pomegranate covered by a thin veil.” (James M. Reese, The Oxford Companion to the Bible, Oxford Press, 1993, 708)

“There is no question that the book is a poetic drama of a lover’s longing for his beloved and of her willing complicity…Furthermore, it should be noted that, though the poetic imagery comes close at times to suggesting the lover and his beloved have in fact come together and joined themselves in that union that they so lovingly describe, the structure of the book itself suggests that has not yet happened. The book, in fact, closes with the words of the beloved, still wooing her lover to come away with her…” (John H. Sailhamer, NIV Compact Bible Commentary, Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 359).

Muslims love using the Songs of Solomons as “shock quotes” because of a fallacy of equivocation underlying their arguments. They believe the Quran was authored by Allah himself in heaven – its words are heavenly and purely divine – that it only descended to earth like snow flakes. So they attempt to force this mythical idea on the Bible as well, but the Bible is God’s Word penned by over 40 men inspired by the Holy Spirit. God inspired His Word in various ways, thus the Bible has many types of literature and different modes of expression. Furthermore, since God Himself created our bodies and instituted marriage in the garden of Eden, He doesn’t find a beautiful expression of love between two lovers offensive.

On the other hand, the Quran, purportedly Allah’s words, is laced with promises of Muslim warriors being rewarded with big breasted virgins in paradise:

“Surely for the god fearing awaits a place of security, gardens and vineyards, and maidens of swelling breasts like of age and a cup overflowing” (Q 78:33)

“They will recline (with ease) upon coaches arranged in ranks, and We shall wed them maidens, with beautiful big and lustrous eyes.” (Q 52:22)

The Tafsir Ibn Kathir on Sura 56:35-37 says Muslim men “will be able to have sexual intercourse with a hundred virgins in one day.” How fantastic. So while Muslims hate the language of love used by a couple in the Bible, they gloat in the fact that their Allah will be sitting on his throne all day and night watching a porn orgy of Muslim men having sex with hot virgins accompanied with gross debaucheries while he cheers them on. Needless to say, such a miserable deity is not worthy of worship.

“Women’s Vaginas taste like Wine”

A Muslim named Osama Abdullah wrote on his website:
The bible sings glory songs about not only incestuous relationships but also about women’s vaginas and breasts tasting like ‘WINE
He quotes Songs of Solomon 7:2 “Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies.”

Even a mere glance at this passage fails to prove what this Muslim porn detective is saying. How exactly did he reach his conclusion? Did he examine any Hebrew lexicon or Bible commentary? He provided no documentation or footnote to back up his claim. But, wait for it, he refers us to a TV programme as proof!

According to the documentary film ‘Sex in the Bible’ on A [and] E TV station, the Hebrew translation to ‘your naval’ is referring to the woman’s VAGINA

What reasoning person will accept this as evidence? This is a rhetoric on the same level as a gossip tabloid. This happens when people are so desperate to attack the Bible yet still struggle to get a grasp what to use. Unfortunately, the Muslim drones visiting this website don’t have the time to ask for solid evidence either. They will stoop to the lowest pit to sling a mud at the Bible. They know nothing about the rich genre, style and figures of speech used in the Songs of Solomon.

In Hebrew literature, passages are often structured such that the second line further explains the meaning the first sentence. For example:

“Your NAVEL is like a round goblet which never lacks mixed wine.

Your BELLY is like a heap of wheat fenced about with lilies.” (SOS 7:2)

Notice the parallel between the navel and the belly, which clearly shows that the text is referring to the bride’s belly, NOT to her vagina. Solomon’s reference to wine and wheat (associated with fertility) could suggest his admiration for his lover’s womb wherein a child is woven and conceived. According to the Brown-Driver Briggs Hebrew English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Vol. II, 957), the word navel in Hebrew is sho’rer and it refers to the umbilical cord. The Theological Workbook of the Old Testament gives a derivative of words derived from shor (navel) which are: “umbilical cord [Pro. 3:8], ‘shera’ meaning bracelet [Gen. 24:22] ‘sharir’ meaning sinew or muscle [Job 40:16].” No scholarly work translates shorer as vagina.

Muslim critics like Osama Abdullah have only the statements of a TV programme in their armoury. Anybody can prove just about anything from a TV show. In fact, until the day this man and his anti-Christian armies of the night present a scholarly, documented evidence to back up their accusation (which is impossible anyway), every honest, rational person must discarded the claim of “women’s genitals taste like wine in the Bible” as a slander cooked up from Hell.

Interestingly, this same Islamic website used Song of Solomon 5:10-16 in another article in an attempt to prove that the Bible foretold the coming of Muhammad! Isn’t this wonderful? So based on their claim that the Bible is “full of porn,” that means Muhammad is a porn star, since he’s mentioned there. You see, this showcases the hypocrisy and inconsistencies that have become the trademarks of Islam.

Muslims conveniently appeal to the Bible as a divine revelation when they want to “prove” their Muhammad or Islam in it. But when it no longer serves their purposes in promoting their false prophet and his false religion, they virulently attack it as a “filthy, slutty book, full of porn.” To our Muslim friends who love to rehash such slanders, I’ve got news for you: the porn is not in the Bible, it’s in your minds and you need some help.