Did Jesus Claim Equality With God?

In John 5:18, we see the Jewish leaders wanting to kill Jesus because he was “making himself equal with God.”

“For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”  John 5:18

How do you think Jesus would respond if He was a prophet of Islam and Allah  and was just a man and merely a prophet.

Perhaps Jesus would have said, “By Allah, how dare you accuse me of making myself equal with God! I am absolutely NOT equal with God.”

Think so….?

Let me show you what He did say. Let’s just quote some of the verses that follow John 5:18. Remember this is Jesus speaking!

1. “Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John 5:19).

Here Jesus claims equality with God in what He does.

2. “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” (5:20)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in raising the dead and giving life as He chooses.

3. “That all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. (5:23)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in receiving honor (and worship).

4. “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” (5:26)

Here Jesus claims equality with God in that He has life in Himself, meaning He is self-existent, uncreated, eternal.

What do you think? Is He making equal with God?

Without a doubt!

If you are not sure, then just re-quote those verses with “Muhammad” and “Allah” in them so you see for yourself how serious those claims are.

For example:

“Whatever Allah does, Muhammad also does.” Is this acceptable?

“That all may honor Muhammad just as they honor Allah.” Isn’t this blasphemy? In fact, it is ‘shirk’ the unpardonable sin in Islam for attributing a partner to Allah.