This is one of the most common questions coming from the critics and sceptics of Christianity. This article is written for the question coming from the Muslim quarters. Why is Jesus God? How could Jesus be God? Why is Jesus God and Man? Can God become a Man? All these questions in different permutations and combinations keep coming. The simple answers of Christians don’t seem to hit home with the Muslims as their understanding of God does not match with the Christian understanding of God.
Why is Jesus God?
Before finding an answer to this question, we should know Who is God. If we know who is God, then we can compare God with Jesus from the evidence we have to arrive at the result. Right?
As it is about Jesus, we will have to use the Bible as the primary resource. The New Testament is where we get to know about Jesus. The New Testament was written by people who followed him, lived with him and accepted his teachings. At the same time, we will go to the Old Testament to know more about God and his characteristics. That would help us in the comparison process. At the same time, we will compare with the Allah of Islam to see if he passes the bill.
The Omnipotent God
The God of the Bible claims to be Omnipotent and his prophet challenges that there is Nothing too hard for him. If he says one thing, he can bring it to action.
26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?Jeremiah 32:26-27
Logically speaking, anybody can make any claim. But does that hold water? Though the Omnipotence of God is seen every day in our lives, we would like to identify few noteworthy actions that can be clearly attributed to God.
Jesus Creates Matter
Jesus feeds 5000 People with 5 loaves of Bread. After the feeding, he is left with 12 baskets of Bread crumbs. He has the Potency to create a solution when there is a lack. Even if New Matter has to be created, he does it. Jesus is Omnipotent.
6 Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.John 6:1-3
Do you now know why is Jesus God? I remember there is one other incident in which Jesus did similar work of Creating Matter. It is in Matt 15:29-39. Even Satan Acknowledge his power to create and change Matter(Matt 4:3). However, Jesus will not do it for his personal benefit showing that he is NOT self-centred as the prophet of Islam. Jesus is Omnipotent.
Allah could not create Matter
Notice a similar situation in the Life of Muhammad and companions. Allah is completely clueless and the people are using the animals that are plundered from others to cook meat. Allah had absolutely no solution to hunger.
Narrated Abaya bin Rifaa: My grandfather, Rafi` said, “We were in the company of the Prophet (ﷺ) at DhulHulaifa, and the people suffered from hunger. We got some camels and sheep (as booty) and the Prophet (ﷺ) was still behind the people. They hurried and put the cooking pots on the fire. (When he came) he ordered that the cooking pots should be upset and then he distributed the booty (amongst the people) regarding ten sheep as equal to one camel then…….Sahih Bukhari 3075
I challenge any Muslim to show me an incident in which Muhammad or Allah having Created any Matter. If they have to plunder and rob others for their food, it clearly means the Islamic Allah is Powerless.
Allah may make any claims. But when it comes to action, he is absolutely powerless. Just empty words. Nothing more.
Is Jesus God?
We have conclusively proved that Jesus exhibits the creative power of God and has the potency to do anything he wishes. Jesus never credited his actions to God as a prophet would do. He made sure that his disciples understood it. I would like to end this with a conversation between Jesus and his disciples regarding the creation of matter.
|Jesus Christ||Allah and Muhammad|
|Omnipotent- Created Matter.||Helpless - even to solve basic problem of hunger.|
Jesus Speaks for Himself – Why is Jesus God?
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “DO YOU STILL NOT UNDERSTAND?”Mark 8:17-21
Do you still not Understand?
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