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Who Is This Jesus?

The more I research, study and compare Christianity with Mormonism the more convinced I become that the paramount difference between these two faiths surrounds their teaching on the nature of Jesus Christ.  Who is this Jesus?  Is He God Himself or is He the first born spirit son of God the Father?  Has Jesus always existed as God or is He a being formed from eternal matter who then grew to become a God? 

It is interesting to look at the New Testament to see what claims Jesus made about Himself.  Looking at these claims and then comparing them to what the Old Testament teaches about God helps us to see just who Jesus declared Himself to be.  Here are a few examples:

1.  In John 10:11 Jesus teaches that He is “the good shepherd”.  Yet, in Psalms 23:1 God teaches us that “the Lord is [our] shepherd”.  Jesus was telling us that He is “the Lord” or Yahweh.

2.  In Revelations 1:17 we are taught that Jesus is “the first and the last”.  Yet, in Isaiah 44:6 we are taught that the Lord Almighty is the first and the last and apart from Him there is no God.   Jesus was telling us that He is the Lord Almighty and apart from Him there is no God. 

3.  In Matthew 25:1 Jesus gives the parable of the brides and bridegroom.  He teaches that He is the bridegroom and we (His church) are His bride.  Yet in Isaiah 62:5 God tells us that He is our bridegroom.  Another claim by Christ to be God.

4.  In John 8:12 Jesus taught “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Yet in Psalms 27:1 the Psalmist taught “The Lord is my light”.  Jesus  claims again to be  Yahweh/God.

5.    In John 8:56-59 Jesus declared Himself to be “I Am” when he said “before Abraham was born, I Am.”  When He declared this the Jews tried to stone Him because they knew exactly what He was saying.  In Exodus 3:12-14 God tells Moses His name… “I AM WHO I AM”.  In John Jesus was declaring Himself to be God and that is why the Jews tried to stone Him.

6.  In John 17:5 Jesus asks God the Father for the Glory that was His before the world began… God’s glory.  In addition, numerous times throughout the New Testament Jesus accepts worship from those around Him… thereby accepting the glory that is rightfully God’s.  Yet in Isaiah 42:8 God tells us that He “will not give [His] glory to another”.  How could Jesus receive glory that God Himself tells us He will not give to another unless Jesus Himself was God?

It is fairly obvious from these comparisons that Jesus was telling us exactly who He is.  He made specific references to the Old Testament claims about God and applied those claims directly to Himself.  This is, after all, why He was crucified.

At this point a Mormon may say “Well, that is fine with me because I believe Jesus was the God of the Old Testament.  That is what the LDS Church teaches after all.”  Unfortunately, this line of reasoning creates a problem for Mormons.  As I pointed out in the YHWH and Mormonism post God tells us on several occasions in the Old Testament that “He is God, there is no God before Him and there will be no God after Him.”  If Jesus is the God of the Old Testament and Jesus is the spirit born son of God the Father than there was a God prior to Jesus… Elohim/The Father.  This directly contradicts what God says about Himself.

All praise be to my God, Savior, High Priest and Lord Jesus Christ!

Darrell


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  • http://www.CalvinSchool.info Dr. Johnson C. Philip

    “The more I research, study and compare Christianity with Mormonism the more convinced I become that the paramount difference between these two faiths surrounds their teaching on the nature of Jesus Christ.”

    The same is true of almost all false cults !!

    Johnson C. Philip, PhD (Physics)
    India

  • http://faithpromotingrumor.wordpress.com/ The Yellow Dart

    I wrote a recent post at FPR that touches on some relevant issues and biblical texts. Feel free to join in the conversation there. It can be found at:

    http://faithpromotingrumor.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/listen-o-israel-yahweh-is-our-god-yahweh-is-one%E2%80%9D-does-the-bible-teach-radical-monotheism/

    Best wishes,

    TYD

    P.S. Sorry if this comment appears twice, I can’t tell whether my comment was “eaten” or went into moderation; also, I believe my prior comment may have contained an incorrect link.

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  • marcusmaxis

    If Jesus is God he is a major liar.

    John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only
    begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

    1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time.
    If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

    John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath
    borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen
    his shape. (Christ himself claims you have never seen his shape or heard his voice. This would make God the biggest liar ever.)

    JN 5:30 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. A blantant lie if this is God Almighty.

    JN 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but
    his that sent me. If God says this he is a blantant liar. Not true
    though. Jesus is his son.

    JN 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two
    men is true.

    JN 8:18 I am onethat bear witness of myself, and the
    Father that sent me beareth witness of me. There are two. God and
    his son. Two witnesses. Couldn’t get any plainer.

    JN 12:49 For I have not spoken of
    myself; but the Father which sent me, he
    gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
    God does not give himself commandments.

    JN 14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. Uh oh another lie God says that the words you hear are not his. OOPS.

    Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM:
    and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath
    sent me unto you.

    Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

    Now the new testament

    ACTS 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the
    God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

    Jesus is not the God of the old testament he is the SON of the God of the old testament.

    The proof is in the scriptures. You are just following the philosophy doctrine of men. If you look at your scriptures they can only make sense if you wrest them. They are not plainly stated doctrine. The scriptures I have privided prove without a doubt and leave no other way to interpret them otherwise the Bible is false. There is no discussion they can only be translated one way. God is a liar or he is not there is no gray area with God its Yay or Nay. With Jesus being what is plainly stated that he is the only begotten Son of God all scripture agrees with him being God all the Bible is full of is Lies. What is terrible is you dont realize that it carries a great judgement with your Trinity doctrine.

    1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is
    the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    Did you know you are anti-christ? What sort of judgement do you think this doctrine carries? Hmmm?

    1st John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in
    himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
    Your doctine is wrong. reconsider before its too late.

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