This is a very insane question asked by Muslims all over. They think this is some silver bullet by which the Christians will be destroyed. “Did Jesus say, I am God Worship me“? Questions like these degrade the Muslims to a level that exposes their own Allah as a false god. Most of them do not realise that they are putting themselves in a quagmire of logical fallacy.
Is a statement like this a proof of Divinity?
I am interested to have answers to the following questions from the Muslim who asked this insane question.
- If I claim to be God, will that make me God?
- Will you believe me if I say “I am God“?
- Will you worship me based on my claim?
Upon further thinking, I realised that indeed Muslims believe such empty statements without any validations. It requires a real imbecile to believe the statements made by Muhammad on behalf of Allah.
Allah a.k.a Muhammad commands in the Quran to worship him
يا أَيُّهَا النّاسُ اعبُدوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذي خَلَقَكُم وَالَّذينَ مِن قَبلِكُم لَعَلَّكُم تَتَّقونَSura 2:21
The transliteration of this is “yā-ʾayyuhā n-nāsu ʿbudū rabbakumu lladhī khalaqakum wa-lladhīna min qablikum laʿallakum tattaqūna” which means “O mankind! Worship your Lord, who created you and those who were before you, so that you may be Godwary.“
Remember that the Quran is supposed to be the speech of Allah and he himself is ordering people to worship him. And the Muslim is in utter obedience to worship this Allah whom he does not know apart from the novel Quran of Muhammad.
What did Jesus say?
There are multiple instances in the bible when Jesus claimed himself to be God. More than the claim, it’s his actions that proved him to be God. Click here to see various of his actions which proved his divinity. Now I would like to show one instance where he claimed to be the God Yahweh (I AM) of Israel. If you do not know the personal name of the God of the Bible, please click here to read that article.
Let me quote you a conversation between the Jews and Jesus where Jesus indeed Claimed to be the “I AM”. Read this portion carefully as I would take you to the old testament portion proving the words of Jesus.
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I AM !” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.John 8:54-58
Notice the Terminology used by Jesus. He is saying that he is “I AM“. If his intent was just to mention his ancientness, he could have used the term “I WAS“. But here he was clearly mentioning his Divinity. He is attributing the name of YAHWEH(Meaning I AM) to Himself. He is not giving any ambiguous statements. He is saying “I AM GOD” by that just one word. And notice the reaction of the Jews. They considered this as a claim to Divinity and hence thought it to be Blasphemy. No wonder, they picked up stones to stone him.
The Correlated incident in Genesis
Jesus is indeed claiming to be the same God who met Abraham and Abraham had seen him. We all know that this incident happened in Gen 18 and 19 when Abraham met YHWH. Three visitors came to meet Abraham near the great trees of Mamre. One of them was YHWH God and the other two were angels accompanying him. Jesus is mentioning that meeting with Abraham when Abraham was Glad that he saw his own God.
As the explanation of the events that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha continues, we see a verse that proves that it was indeed God the SON that visited Abraham. After Lot was taken out of the wicked city, the Fire and Brimstone was rained into it. Interestingly, the Son (the one who visited Abraham) commanded the judgement and the Father from Heaven poured out the judgement.
24 Then the Lord(YHWH) rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord(YHWH) out of the heavens.Gen 19:24
We see two persons of the Triune God distinctly mentioned in this verse participating in the destruction of Sodom. What more proof do we need to prove that Jesus is indeed God who met Abraham and destroyed Sodom?
Jesus Ordering to Worship?
This is a very surprising element of the question. The Lord God YHWH has never ordered people to worship him by his own speech. I have never seen a scripture in the bible which looks like a demand by God to worship him. Most exhortation to worship the Lord is by the Prophets and seers to the people. The Bible has many instances of False deities forcing people to worship him. God himself ordering people to worship him is alien to the bible. People worship God out of self-conviction and awe of the greatness of the Lord. It is never forced or ordered.
Allah ordering people to worship him surely makes him a False diety and also Satan. Read the following scripture where Satan covets the Worship and shamelessly asks for it from Jesus.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “IF YOU BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP ME”Matt 4:8-9
The same Allah is asking people to worship him. He is crazy after worship as he knows he is unworthy of it. He, therefore, uses deception to get worship. He DEMANDS IT FOR HIMSELF.
The Purpose of Jesus coming to this earth was to redeem mankind. He always loved to represent Mankind so much that he kept addressing himself as “THE SON OF MAN“. His job was not to show off his splendour and dominate people as the Allah of Muhammad. To know the purpose of Jesus Incarnation, you need to understand the Christian Gospel. I would like to end with a Quotation from Phil 2:6-11 which Describes the incarnation of the Lord Jesus.
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest placePhil 2:6-11
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus Indeed said that he is God