Was Jesus God?

Another popular discussion which is debated around the World, Is Jesus God? I researched this topic for a few months and the feedback I received was very interesting.

I found that Muslims have alot of respect for Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him). I have already created a post on where Jesus (pbuh) fits into Islam and the respect Muslims give him. You can find out more by reading Who Was Jesus

I found that a few people I spoke to from a couple of different religions including Athiests had questions which they feel were never answered or were very confusing.

The common questions were:

Is Jesus God?
Is Jesus the Son Of God?
Is Jesus the Holy Spirit?
So is God all of the above, three in one?

Was Mary the mother of Jesus?
Is Jesus God?
So Mary was the Mother of God?
So Mary is a bigger God?
Is Mary the daughter of God, because we are all sons and daughters of God?
How can Mary be the Mother and Daughter of God?

Is Jesus God?
Did Jesus die for our sins?
How long did Jesus lay in his grave after he died on the cross?
Who ran the world whilst Jesus (God) was in his Grave?

But whilst asking the above questions directly to Christians, and relating to the Bible, a couple of Christians asked me to use another version of the Bible, and if I used the other and asked another question to a different Christian, I was told to use another version or use the one I was using previously, and so on.

Did Jesus die for our sins? Yes according to Christians

But before Jesus was taken away to be crucified he said:

“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38)

and Jesus prayed to God according to (Matthew 26:39)

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

It seems from the above verse that Jesus had no intention of dying. Matthew mentions Jesus repeating this prayer three times so he could have this death removed from him. If Jesus had been sent to be crucified and die for our sins, he would not have hesitated to be killed but instead he prayed to God.

The answer to the above verses from a few of the Christians who were able to answer, was that this hesitation came from the flesh side of Jesus, he was tempted and his soul which is Godly did not have this hesitation at all.

But in (Matthew 26:38) Jesus states in his own words, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.”

So what happened after Jesus prayed to God?

According to (Hebrews 5:7) God replied to the prayer with “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.”

God granted him his request. The words “heard in that he feared” mean that God granted Jesus what he requested in his prayer. So the above verse shows when Jesus prayed, God responded to his prayer and saved him from crucifixion.

Muslims believe Jesus did not die on the cross but it was made out to be as mentioned within the Qur’an.

Why did Jesus need to die for our sins, when God, the merciful, could as easily grant us forgiveness?

Most Christians believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Every human is born with sins, or all humans will eventually sin, and therefore someone as pure as Jesus was crucified for our sins. A common question from non-Christians was; why did Jesus need to die for our sins when God, the most merciful, could just and easily grant us forgiveness if we asked for it? Why does God have to make someone suffer for our sins? Is this not unjust of God?

Were Jesus and God one?
The common verses relating to Jesus not being God, which non-Christians put forward to the Christians are:

“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”(John 20:17)

 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”(Matthew 27:46)

“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I” (John 14:28)

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:29)

There are many more such verses where Jesus calls upon God

The response most Christians will give to the above verses from the Bible is that Jesus was talking as a man here, and because he is a man the Father is greater than him. The Father meant he is greater than Jesus in rank and authority and not in essence.

Non-Christians ask what did Jesus mean in (John 10:29) when Jesus mentioned the Father is greater than All? Why did Jesus place himself in the category of all people. Also, can Christians prove that Jesus had two natures, is there a quote from Jesus mentioning that he is God or to worship him, or where he has mentioned that he has two natures and he gave one of the natures up and took on the nature of man.

One of the verses which Christians use to answer the above question is:

“I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30)

This verse, according to the Christians I spoke to showed God and Jesus to be one and the same. But (John 20:17) states “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.”

Within the above verse, Jesus mentions that there is a distinction between him and God. So basically, Jesus had a God.

“I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) could also relate to the message from God and the message from Jesus being one.

Another verse from (Matthew 27:46) mentions:

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This verse mentions that Jesus cried calling for his God.

From the above it shows that there are two different ways Jesus relates himself to God. The first one is Jesus and God are one and the other Jesus refers to a higher authority than himself which is God. Now lets assume that both are correct, then according to non-Christians there is a contradiction. If Jesus was God, would it be more appropriate for Jesus to say “and to myself, and your God.” and “Myself, Myself, why hast thou forsaken me?”. Now, if one of them is wrong and the other is correct then we need to discard the one we believe to be incorrect. We know God does not make mistakes, so is the current Bible the word of God?

(John 5:30) mentions:
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just;
because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

An argument is, if Jesus and God were the same then Jesus would not have said what he said in the above verse.

Was Jesus the begotten son of God?

Many Christians also believe that Jesus was the begotten son of God which is another big question which confuses non-Christians.

This belief seems to come from the below verse:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” (John 3:16)

The book of (Psalms 2:7) mentions the below verse:

“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

David, in the above verse is saying that God had told him he was the son of God and God has begotten him. So clearly Jesus is not the only begotten son of God.

A response to the above was that Jesus had no human father in contrast to David who had a human father so since Jesus had no human father it makes the relationship between him and God a much closer one.

But what about Adam? who had no human father or mother, and according to the Bible Adam was also the son of God. All that were led by the spirit of God are the sons of God. If you are a Godly person, you are also the Son of God. It makes sense.

The Bible mentions the below verse:

“And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.” (Luke 3:23)

The Bible goes on to mention the supposed genealogy of Jesus. At the end of this genealogy the Bible comes to Adam, and the below verse is mentioned:

“Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.” (Luke, 3:38).

So Adam is also the son of God. So if Adam had no mother or father, would he be classed as being much closer to God or even God himself? No

According to Muslims, Jesus and Adam do not differ in God’s sight. They were a mere creation of God and this is also mentioned within the Qur’an. The verse mentioned within the Qur’an is:

“Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.” (Qur’an, 3:59)

So if Jesus was not God, who was he?
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Researching this topic and the feedback received was very interesting.

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Who Was Jesus?

Islam honors all the prophets who were sent to man kind by God (Allah). Muslims highly respect all prophets in general, but Jesus (pbuh) in particular, because he was one of the prophets who foretold the coming of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Muslims also await the second coming of Jesus (pbuh) and consider him one of the greatest of Allah’s prophets sent to man kind. A Muslim does not refer to him simply as Jesus, but normally adds the phrase “peace be upon him (pbuh)” as a sign of respect.

Most Christians are amazed to know the great respect Muslims have for Jesus (pbuh). Muslims agree that Jesus (pbuh) had a miraculous birth, he brought people alive from the dead and healed through the help from God (Allah).

So if Muslims agree with Jesus why don’t they agree with the Bible?
Muslims believe the original Bible (In-jeel – the gospel) which was revealed to Jesus (pbuh) and the Torah to Moses at the time were correct and a revelation from God (Allah), but were revealed for the people of that time and not for the whole of humanity.

God (Allah) sent down to Jesus the In-jeel (the gospel). Muslims believe that the Bible that we have today is authored by people who came after Jesus (pbuh). It is a known fact amongst Scholars that not a single word in the Bible was instructed to be written or written by Jesus himself during his time on Earth. The Bible was written after Jesus was risen by Allah (God).

Christians argue that the older Bible language is difficult to understand as not many speak Hebrew/Greek today. Muslims argue that if the Bible was sent down for all of Humanity, why was the Hebrew language chosen? On the other hand, the Qur’an was revealed in Arabic and 1400 years later, Muslims from around the World can read, understand and have memorised the complete Qur’an off by heart. Every Muslim is able to read or have memorised some part of the Qur’an in it’s original language.

The Qur’an mentions it was sent down for the whole of humanity and this makes sense as over 1400 years later, the Qur’an continues to keep up with us and modern Science.

Muslims do not believe the Gospels which were written later (the book of Luke, John, and so forth), after Jesus (pbuh) was raised by God. Muslims who have studied the Red Letter Bible argue that no where does Jesus (pbuh) mention ‘He was God’ or to ‘Worship him’. The text high lighted in red within the Bible were the words of Jesus (pbuh) according to Christians, but no where does he mention he was God.

As far as I am aware and from my research, no other religion in the world respects and dignifies Jesus as Islam has done. Muslims agree Jesus (pbuh) had a miraculous birth. The Qur’an confirms his virgin birth (a chapter within the Qur’an is (Mariam -Mary). Mary is considered to have been one of the purest women in all creation. Just imagine at the time, when the verse was revealed, the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had to reveal the verse from God to the Arabs, that (Mary) is considered the purest women in all creation. If the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) made up the Qur’an as some religions believe, why would the Prophet (pbuh) want to choose Mary out of all women.

The Qur’an describes the birth of Jesus (pbuh) within the verse mentioned below:

“Behold!’ the Angel said, God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you the women of all nations. Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, honored in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to God.
He shall speak to the people from his cradle and in maturity, and he shall be of the righteous. She said: “My Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?’ He said: “Even so; God creates what He will. When He decrees a thing, He says to it, ‘Be!’ and it is.” (Qur’an, 3:42-47)

Muslims also believe that Jesus was born immaculately, through the same power which had brought Eve to life and Adam into being without a father or a mother.

Another verse within the Qur’an mentions:

“Truly, the likeness of Jesus with God is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, and then said to him, ‘Be!’ and he was.” (Qur’an, 3:59)

During his prophetic mission, Jesus (pbuh) performed many miracles. The Quran mentions Jesus (pbuh) saying:

“I have come to you with a sign from your Lord: I make for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it and it becomes a bird by God’s leave. And I heal the blind, and the lepers, and I raise the dead by God’s leave.” (Qur’an, 3:49)

Muhammad and Jesus, as well as the other prophets (Peace Be Upon Them All), were all sent to mankind to confirm the belief in one God. This is referred to in the Qur’an where Jesus (pbuh) is reported as saying that he came:

“To attest the law which was before me, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden you; I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear God and obey me.” (Qur’an, 3:50)

It doesn’t stop here, Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) name, “Ahmed”, was also found in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Old Testament), and it was mentioned precisely in the Qur’an for the Prophet to be foretold by this very name, Ahmed (The praised one):

“And when Jesus the Son of Mary said, O children of Israel, verily I am the Apostle of God sent unto you, confirming the law which was delivered before me, and bringing good tidings of an Apostle who shall come after me, and whose name shall be Ahmed. And when he produced unto them evident miracles, they said, this is manifest sorcery.  (Qur’an, 61:6)”

Other translations of the above verse:
Sahih International: And [mention] when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, “O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.” But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, “This is obvious magic.”
Pickthall: And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One. Yet when he hath come unto them with clear proofs, they say: This is mere magic.
Yusuf Ali: And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery!”
Shakir: And when Isa son of Marium said: O children of Israel! surely I am the messenger of Allah to you, verifying that which is before me of the Taurat and giving the good news of an Messenger who will come after me, his name being Ahmad, but when he came to them with clear arguments they said: This is clear magic.
Muhammad Sarwar: Jesus, son of Mary, said to the Israelites, “I am the Messenger of God sent to you. I confirm the Torah which is in existence and give you the glad news of the coming of a Messenger who will come after me named Ahmad.” When this Messenger came to them with all the proofs (to support his truthfulness), they said, “He is simply a magician”.
Mohsin Khan: And (remember) when ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), said: “O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allah unto you confirming the Taurat [(Torah) which came] before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed . But when he (Ahmed i.e. Muhammad SAW) came to them with clear proofs, they said: “This is plain magic.”
Arberry: And when Jesus son of Mary said, ‘Children of Israel, I am indeed the Messenger of God to you, confirming the Torah that is before me, and giving good tidings of a Messenger who shall come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.’ Then, when he brought them the clear signs, they said, ‘This is a manifest sorcery.’

Prophet Jesus (pbuh) here has shed the light on the old Prophecy of the coming of Prophet, Ahmed.  So Ahmed was prophesied before Christ and also during Christ’s lifetime. Amazing.

According to the Matthew (Bible):
“And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” (Matthew 21:11)

This was Jesus (pbuh). He was a mighty prophet of Allah (God). He was sent like other prophets to deliver the message of his ONE and only ONE God.

Also, according to Luke (Bible):
“And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.” (Luke 24:19)

Jesus was a true messenger of God. He was sent by God to deliver His will. The Bible says in John:

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30) 

The above verse shows the true characteristics of a prophet. They do as they are commanded by God. The Prophets were sent to deliver a message, and the only difference between them and other humans is their utmost righteousness, “mighty in deed and word” according to (Luke 24:19).

They are the best of all the people of their time. They are the only ones who could bear and act upon the commandments of God completely and fully. They are loved by God because of that, and their nearness to God comes from that.

The same applies to all other prophets. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ismael, Isaac, Jacob, Jonah, Moses, Jesus, Jonas, Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Them All) and all the other prophets shared the same qualities. They all fully abided by what God commanded them. The Qur’an mentions the below verse:

“Say: (O’ Our Apostle Muhammad!) (unto the People) ‘We believe in God, and what hath been sent down to us, and what hath been sent down to Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the Tribes, and what was given to Moses, and Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord, we make no difference between any of them, and we unto Him are muslims’” (Qur’an 3:84).

Note in the above verse from the Qur’an. “what was given to Moses, and Jesus” is not the same as the current Bible written by Paul, John, Luke, Matthew, and so on. Rather they were the true books of Moses and Jesus and a message from God at the time.

Was Jesus Crucified?
According to Muslims, Jesus (pbuh) was raised to God.

The Qur’an mentions:
And [for] their saying, “Indeed, we have killed the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, the messenger of Allah .” And they did not kill him, nor did they crucify him; but [another] was made to resemble him to them. And indeed, those who differ over it are in doubt about it. They have no knowledge of it except the following of assumption. And they did not kill him, for certain. (Qur’an, 4:157)


Rather, Allah raised him to Himself. And ever is Allah Exalted in Might and Wise. (Qur’an, 4:158)

So you are now aware of the great respect Muslims have for Jesus (pbuh). Jesus (pbuh) and all the prophets are respected highly by Muslims. You will have heard the saying, best of both worlds. Muslims seem to have the Best of both Worlds as they love all the prophets and one of those prophets is Jesus (pbuh). It was a great experience gaining this knowledge.

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