I have a wife who is Christian. Because of her, I get to hear what some pastors have to say about their faith in Jesus. Now I hear infuriating and incredibly ignorant stuff from a lot of them, especially some guy called “Joseph Prince.” Man, his preaching is just disgusting in how he almost uses the Jewish Bible, the so-called old testament, almost like toilet paper, as if it’s just the word of man and Jesus is the actual word of God. Anyway, let me not get distracted by foolishness.
One of the teachings I heard accords with what I’ve heard from other Christians about what helps them to see how Jesus must be God. They will say how the winds and the waves obeyed his voice (Matthew 8:23-27), how he healed many diseases and got rid of many demons (ibid. v 16-17), how he even rose from the grave seemingly having control over death itself. And they will say things like “wow, such power shows that he must have been God himself; who else could have such power?” For them, this is even more evidence of his divinity.
It’s odd how the book of John, which Christians are happy to use to preach of his divinity because of their reading of John 1, totally refutes their own views concerning Jesus.
Now remember, it is said that Jesus did such great miracles, he himself must be God. But a person who knows the Jewish Bible would have to pause at such a grand conclusion. And surprisingly a person who knows the book of John would also have to pause at such a conclusion. But why?
The person who reads the book of John (including John 1 and the “I am” statements) will be forced to stop because Jesus himself said things like “The son can not do anything of himself” and Me, I can not do anything of myself” (John 5). In the depiction of Jesus in the fourth gospel, Jesus doesn’t power himself. He gets what he has from someone else, namely “the Father.” What Jesus has was given to him. This is not a person generating power that is simply sourced from himself, but he relies on someone else.
For those who know the utter immenseness of the one true God, such words draw one strong conclusion: this man is not God!
This coincides with what people who know the Jewish Bible can see clearly. God’s prophets can do tremendous things. They can split water in two, get water from rocks, stop the movement of the sun and moon, cause it to rain, etc. And yet it is known that although such men display such power, they are only pointing to God who is actually doing the miracles. Such men were not seen as God although they did things that could be considered greater than that which Jesus did.
You see, the Jewish Bible is clear: there is an unbridgeable gap between the Creator and the created. The one true God was the creator of time and space, so he is beyond such creations. He is timeless and spaceless. He is not limited to such dimensions. Any aspect of creation is not God. It can point to God, but it is not God.
So as soon as you see an aspect of creation, a star, the moon, the sun, a powerful man, the sea, a mountain, it doesn’t matter how awesome, as it is a part of creation it cannot be God! God even warns against associating him with creation in Deuteronomy 4.
Therefore the power that is said to have been shown by Jesus, logically, can never ever, never ever, be evidence or proof that he himself was divine. On the basis of the law in Deuteronomy 4, the basis of the tremendous acts done by the prophets before Jesus, on the basis of Genesis 1:1, that God was the one who brought time and space into being and thus being beyond it, on such basis, we can know that no act of Jesus can show that he is God.
The very fact that he was a walking talking human being refutes the idea to its core.
When a missionary, be it a normal Christian or one who has taken on the role of missionary more seriously, comes and entices a person to accept Jesus as God using his miracles as evidence, it is always based on deception and ignorance. So it’s important to inoculate those who you know and love with understanding.
All the best to you!