For those on this forum. Please pick the correct answer if you will:
A) Jesus IS God
B) Jesus is the son of God, Lord and Savior of Mankind, who shed his blood "that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only SON, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life."
For me, "B" seems to be the correct answer. Jesus was the Son of God and Messiah. Throughout the Bible the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are mentioned seperately. Three seperate entities. One Trinity. I see Bible verses listed as sources on this website telling me that Jesus IS God. No and's if's or but's. But these verses appear to be a matter of interpretation. That being said please keep in mind I'm not as well versed as others here. I readily admit this.
For me personally it comes down to this: my greatest fear is that by saying "Jesus IS God" I am commiting idolatry by glorifying and worshiping the Son over the Father. One life. One choice. Choose wrong. Go to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. So I have a tendancy to play it ultra safe and conservative out of fear. Jesus is Gods son. And (for me) it's not a matter of polytheism as someone here suggested.
The Bible says God had other sons besides Jesus before the flood. I've qouted some sources which I'm certain your all familiar with:
1) Again there was a day when the SONS OF GOD came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came among them to present himself before the Lord (Job 2:1).
2) When the morning stars sang together, and all the SONS OF GOD shouted for joy (Job 38:7, cf. Psalm 89:6; Daniel 3:25) (Danger Will Robinson warning: this was copied from another website I did not verify it each verse and my be a matter of interpretation)
3) “When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the SONS OF GOD saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the SONS OF GOD came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” — Genesis 6:1-5
Now, as a consequence of the SONS OF GOD coming to earth to live amongst humans, can we speculate the SONS OF GOD may have been worshipped as GODS on earth during ancient times and receiving such worship were guilty of becoming objects of idolatry? Speculation. I do not know. Just one of billions of questions I've asked God in my head. Someday I hope to know the truth. I will never know conceretely while on this earth. Only speculation. With no answers.
I do not understand why "God" "Sons" "Son of God" Father" and "Holy Spirit are continously referred to in seperate contexts as three seperate entities throughout the Old Testement and the New Testement. I'm being told :
Jesus IS God.
Yet in the New Testement, it's made abundently clear to me Jesus is the SON OF GOD, Messiah, sacrificed on this earth for humanity redemption, part of Gods plan for Humanity, and that nobody comes to the FATHER except through him. Jesus Christ himself refers to the Father and Holy Spirit in seperate contexts continiously. Does he not?
The first and greatest commandent in the 7 laws of Noah, The Torah/Old Testament was:
1) "I am the Lord they God thou shall have no other gods before me"
2) "Thall shall not make any graven images" (referring to reffering to idols/idol worshipping).
The Messiah is referred to many times in the Torah/Old Testament. Jesus was the Messiah who the Jews rejected. And the greatest commandment of the New Testament given by the Jesus Christ to us as Christians was to Love the Lord thy God will all your heart mind and soul.
Disclaimer: I do not feel comfortable quoting the Bible directly like this because I am just a man, and a sinner, and Jesus in the book of Revelation declares that whoever takes away or adds to words to this book etc. Which scares the ______ out of me since what if he was not just refferring to the book of Revelation but all the books of the Bible. So I have no expertise being a pastor here.
If I have given any wrong or misconstrued information here I am truely sorry and ask for Gods forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ. I also apologize if I have offended anyone here with irresponsible brainstorming or legalism. They are only my thoughts personally. I am NOT I repeat NOT trying to sow doubt. Only get to the truth. I just want to know the truth.