Jesus never said I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME

The Nugget:

Joh 5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 

My Comment:

We must know the Bible accurately ourselves so that we can answer correctly the questions others sincerely ask of us (1 Peter 3:15). Because very few Christians know their Bible accurately many in the world are not being reached with the true gospel message as it is revealed and taught in the Bible. Some simply have never read the Bible seriously for themselves. Others have swallowed, “hook, line, and sinker,” what others have taught them by way of a theological or doctrinal system, supposing that that system represents Bible truth accurately. Trust me, no popular system (like Calvinism, Arminianism, or any other “ism”) accurately represents the truth of the Bible. On this site I attempt to show you how to do Real Bible Study. I have shared with you in the October, 2010 Archives linked immediately to the right on this page the 24 Rules of Bible Interpretation that MUST be followed in order to understand and interpret the Bible correctly. Disregard these rules at your eternal peril!

Immediately below I share an example of how to use the rule of necessary inference to answer a sincere question posed to me this evening by a Muslim on the “Christianity and Islam Friendly Debate” Facebook site.

The Muslim Challenge:

Jerome smith 
Jesus never himself said that 
I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME.
I dont understand what is wrong with you people.
Jesus never claimed to be God but you people do.
He said I myself can do nothing as i hear i say.
You say he can do every thing .
You Christians believe him to be God as he was born miraculously without any father so adam (who is also called son of God in bible)did neither had father nor mother.
Jesus said 
There is only one God when speaking to israel
HEAR O ISRAEL YOUR LORD OUR GOD IS ONE.
So with due respect i want to ask you people do you understand english you english man.
The messenger is telling you that God is one but you are believing in trinity.

My Response:

 Farhan Ahmed, I appreciate the sincerity of your claim. But your claim involves a very interesting fallacy. The fallacy is that you are specifying the exact wording you would accept as proving the case I support when you and I both know that the wording you propose is not to be found in the Bible.

That is a diversion from the truth, not a refutation of the truth.

But let us consider whether the facts you deny would be supportable using your claim about what Jesus himself never said. I think it can be shown BY NECESSARY INFERENCE that Jesus Christ DID make such a claim and was so understood to have done so by both his friends and his enemies.

You have claimed that Jesus DID NOT claim what I claim he did claim. You said, “Jesus never himself said that I AM GOD or WORSHIP ME.”

(1) Did Jesus claim to be God?

In Mark 2:5, Jesus boldly stated to the sick man, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.”

It was well understood at the time of Jesus that only God can forgive sin. This understanding is reflected in the thoughts of the scribes who were sitting there and saw this happen. They reasoned in their hearts, “Why does this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7)

Jesus, therefore, when he said “thy sins be forgiven thee,” proclaimed His deity. This means that Jesus claimed to be God.

(2) Did Jesus claim that worship was due him?

In John 5:23 Jesus said, “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

The Father, of course, is God.

Jesus commanded that all men should honor the Son in the same way that they honor God the Father.

No one would disagree that we ought to worship God the Father.

To pay the same honor to Jesus Christ, we must worship Him in the same manner that we worship God the Father.

Jesus warned, “He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

Our eternal life strictly depends, Jesus said, upon both hearing and obeying His Word, and believing on Him (GOD) who sent Him (Jesus),

Joh 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

I trust my explanation clarifies this matter for you. I have not given my own opinion. I have given as my supporting evidence the very words of Jesus Christ Himself and the words as given in the Bible itself.

If you need further clarification or have any further questions, please let me know.

Thank you for raising such a good question for discussion.

What comes next?

I make no claims of expertise about Islam or the Koran. My missionary friend of many years, Mr. Vijay Chandra, served in the Fiji Islands working among Muslims and Hindus. English is his second language, but he speaks and writes very well. He has shared with me several of his articles about Islam, the Koran, and the Bible. I have been blessed to be able to help him clarify and correct his written English. In turn, he has given me his permission for me to post his articles here. He also has an article published in the Apologetics Journal less than a decade ago. I have that journal in my Logos Bible Software collection of scholarly journals (involving thousands of volumes!). So, Lord willing, I will see if I can post that article too in the very near future. I am looking forward to the privilege all of us who read here will now have to experience the blessing of learning  from this dear brother in Christ. Mr. Chandra mentioned to me that he was probably the only Christian serving in the Fiji Islands who owned a copy of my book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

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