Christianity - Son of God, Jesus

I believe that Christians tremendously complicate some aspects of being Christian! An immense number of Christians seem to think that the Trinity is like a "basketball team" where Three different participants contribute to a "team effort". It seems that nearly all Christians are so tangled with the concept of "Son of God" that they have somewhat incorrect ideas and conclusions about exactly Who Jesus Was and Is! How can they explain it to anyone else if THEY are fuzzy on parts of the concepts?

It if first critical to note that the Ten Commandments (of the Old Testament) are absolutely and entirely supported by Christian Theology. Nothing that Jesus Taught ever challenged any one of them! Of those Ten Commandments, virtually everyone agrees that the First is the most important. It states (paraphrased): "There is One, True God, and I am Him." One God. One God! One God? Many Christians seem to forget this important First Commandment!

It seems appropriate to now present a rough "history" as most Christian scholars understand it today.

This situation could present two major complications.


Now, consider the possibility that Jesus DID fully realize that He was the One True God. If He said such a thing to ANYONE, would He be believed?

We happen to have a relatively similar situation with the BELIEVE web-site. With five million visitors each year, we get immense amounts of e-mail. So far, there have been well over 900 different individuals who have each "announced" to us that he was Jesus, having Returned! We never like to insult anyone, but we DO often respond by telling them that at least 899 of these people MUST be wrong! So we tend to now be especially skeptical each time a new person makes this announcement to us. The point is, if someone came up to YOU and told you that he was God, what would be your reaction? Whatever it might be, it seems likely that it would NOT involve you actually believing such a claim. Now "Son of God", hmmmm, it might be possible to believe such a claim. The point here is that God probably knew from the start that it would be foolish for Jesus to ever say that He IS the One True God, the God that Abraham worshipped. It seems reasonable to me that Jesus saying "Son of God", and therefore referring to "the Father" makes a lot of sense.

Please note that Jews were outraged at the statement "King of the Jews" applied to Jesus. Imagine if the claim was "Creator of the Universe"! In combination with the Kenotic Theology concept, therefore it seems reasonable that the Bible contains regular references to "Son of God" and not "God Himself".

We humans are an odd lot. While on the Cross, Jesus was taunted to do a Miracle and Save Himself. Imagine what sort of requests would have been made of God by the people around. Make my crop bountiful. Give me six sons. Make me powerful. Make me wealthy. Etc, etc. It would seem that the way God brought Jesus (or Himself) into human culture, was beautifully well thought through! Also for His Life and even His Death on the Cross.

Now consider another thing: God could easily have provided ABSOLUTE evidence and absolute proofs of everything related to Jesus. He chose not to. As a result, we do not have a "mathematical equation" that defines how one can become Saved. No, it entirely rests on each person deciding whether to have Faith or not. The whole point of NOT providing any proofs is to REQUIRE each person to either have Faith that certain things are true, or to not have such Faith. Isn't that a beautiful thing? God arranged things so that we necessarily participated, and in a really exquisite way! What a God!

The point of this Essay is to try to clarify that Christianity absolutely believes in One True God, the God of Abraham, the God specified as the Only God in the First Commandment. As soon as Christians start describing Jesus as the "Son of God" then anyone listening counts one-two, two Gods, a direct and sacrilegious contradiction of the First Commandment. Christians don't seem to realize that that is the PRIMARY reason why Muslims immediately dismiss Christianity as worthless, because they understand Christians to worship at least TWO distinct Gods (Father and Jesus). If that were a correct assessment, the Muslims would be absolutely correct in severely criticizing Christians. The Muslims worship the very same One True God Whom Abraham worshipped, and they absolutely know what we call the First Commandment. In fact, every Muslim Prayer begins with the statement that there is One True God (the God of Abraham). There is massive confusion on both sides, but the reality is that both Christians and Muslims believe that the God of Abraham is the One True God.

If Christians would ever clear this issue up (and this Essay is meant as a part of such an effort), then most of the reason why both Muslims and Jews consider Christianity to be "heretical" would disappear, and maybe calm discussion might be possible!


This presentation was first placed on the Internet in November 2004.

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