The Bible teaches that Jesus had a human nature and a divine nature. “The Word was God… the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14)
Naturally, there are verses in the Bible that speak of Jesus as a man i.e. His humanity. And there are verses that speak of Jesus as God i.e. His divinity.
A common tactic emplyed by ALL Muslims is to highlight those verses that describe Jesus as man, as their “evidence” that Jesus is not God! And ignore or reject the verses that point to Jesus as God!
This is blatant intellectual dishonesty. Muslims cannot reconcile that Jesus is God in the flesh.
I want to propose an analogy that could help Muslims to, at least, consider what the Bible says as a whole without resorting to cherry-picking verses that suit their presuppositions.
Although no analogy is perfect, let’s explore this one together…
Our sun is a huge ball of gas, light, and heat.
It is the light of the sun, 93 million miles away, that comes to the earth. The very same light and heat that can obliterate the whole earth and annihilate all life is the very same light and heat that we see and feel when we stand outside on a sunny morning.
The temperature in the center of the sun is 15 000 000 Celsius! But the very same heat of the sun comes as, on average, a mere 20 to 30 Celsius for us. But how can what is supposed to be 15 million Celcius also be 20 Celsius at the same time?
Can we say that the light of the sun is not the same light that we experience on earth when it comes to us? Of course not. In fact, without that light that comes to us, we cannot even see the sun!
Can you understand that the sunlight you can see and feel down here is one and the same as the light of the sun?
Once when one of the disciples of Jesus ask Him to show them the Father, Jesus said to him, “Philip, I have been with you all this time, and still you do not know Me? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
This is a shocking thing to say if Jesus was just a man and not also God.
The true Light who gives light to every man was coming into the world. John 1:9
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. Hebrews 1:3
Jesus is like the sunlight of the sun that comes down to the earth. The very same light in nature and essence. Just because the light “feels” different or seems to be different to us here does not mean, it does not emanate from the sun. Just as the light of the sun comes through the earth’s atmosphere in a form we can see and experience, the divine and eternal Word came through a human womb in a form that we can see and experience. This form does not deny His divinity!
I hope this helps to offer some degree of a paradigm shift in answering many questions about the nature of Jesus Christ, as well as the reality of the trinity.
Now imagine if the light of the sun that comes to the earth is alive and can speak to us and tell us about itself and about that light in the sky. What would it say?
- “I and that light are one.” (cf. John 10:30)
Would you understand what it’s saying to you?
2. “That light is greater than I.” (cf. John 14:28)
Would you now be confused by the “seemingly contradictory” statement? Of course, the brightness of the light on the sun is greater than the brightness that you see on earth. There is no contradiction and this statement does not deny the fact that the sunlight is one with light of the sun.
A common argument is “The Bible says no one can see God but people saw Jesus, so how can Jesus be God?”
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
3. “No one can see the light of the sun and not be destroyed but if you have seen me, the sunlight, you have seen the light of the sun.” (cf. Exodus 33:20, John 14:9)
Here’s another popular one.
4. “I, the sunlight, can do nothing on my own.” (cf. John 5:19, 30)
Does this mean that the sunlight is not one with sun? Of course not. The sunlight cannot act on its own as a separate entity. That is what it means. It is the one and the same sun.
5. “The sun is the only true light.” (cf. John 17:3)
Does this exclude the sunlight that comes to the earth? Of course not.
“…no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
The only way we can see the sun is because of the light that comes to us. Yet, what we see and experience is only to the extent of our human limitations. Jesus is God With Us. (see Matthew 1:23). We cannot see and experience God unless He comes down to our level.
When God spoke to Moses from the midst of the fire of the burning bush, Moses saw with his eyes and heard with his ears, in a limited form what God allowed and enabled him to see and hear of Himself. If God had not done that, Moses would have been destroyed by the glory of His transcendence.
This was also the experience of the disciples of Jesus. One of them wrote towards the end of his life, “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.” (1 John 1:1-2)
And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.1 John 1:5
Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” John 8:12
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. John 1:4
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
2 Peter 1:2
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