Frequently Asked Questions About Christianity

Frequently Asked Questions About Christianitytaken from salafi publications
  Christianity FAQ 1 : I And The Father Are One
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Jesus said: “I and the Father are one” (Jn.10:30), therefore, is not Jesus the same, or, “co-equal” in status with his Father?

Answer No.1

In Greek, `heis’ means `one’ numerically (masc.) `hen’ means `one’ in unity or essence (neut.) Here the word used by John is `hen’ and not `heis’. The marginal notes in New American Standard Bible (NASB) reads; one – (Lit.neuter) a unity, or, one essence.

If one wishes to argue that the word `hen’ supports their claim for Jesus being “co-equal” in status with his Father, please invite his/her attention to the following verse:

Jesus said: “And the glory which Thou hast given me, I have given to them (disciples); that they may be one, just as we are one.” (John 17:22).

If he/she was to consider/regard/believe the Father and Jesus Christ to be “one” meaning “co-equal” in status on the basis of John 10:30, then that person should also be prepared to consider/regard/believe “them” – the disciples of Jesus, to be “co-equal” in status with the Father and Jesus (“just as we are one”) in John 17:22. I have yet to find a person that would be prepared to make the disciples (students) “co-equal” in status with the Father or Jesus.

The unity and accord was of the authorized divine message that originated from the Father, received by Jesus and finally passed on to the disciples. Jesus admitted having accomplished the work which the Father had given him to do. (Jn.17:4)

Hot Tip: (precise and pertinent)

Jesus said: “I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.” (Jn.14:28). This verse unequivocally refutes the claim by any one for Jesus being “co-equal” in status with his Father.

Jesus said: “I am the way, …no one comes to the Father, but through me.” (Jn.14:6), therefore, is not the Salvation through Jesus, ALONE?

Answer No.2

Before Jesus spoke these words, he said; “In my Father’s house are many mansions (dwelling places); if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a mansion (a dwelling place) for you.” (John 14:2).

The above explicit statement confirms that Jesus was going to prepare “a” mansion and not “all” the mansions in “my Father’s house”. Obviously, the prophets that came before him and the one to come after, were to prepare the other mansions for their respective followers. The prophet that came after Jesus had evidently shown the current “way” to a modern mansion in the kingdom of heaven.

Besides; the verse clearly states; Jesus was the “WAY” to a mansion. It is a folly to believe that Jesus (or any prophet) was the “DESTINATION”.

Jesus said; “I am the door” to find the pasture. (Jn.10:9). A sheep that walks through the “door” will find the pasture. A sheep that circles around the “door” will never find the pasture. One who crosses over the “way” will reach the mansion. Anyone that stops on the “way” and believes the “way” to be the end of his/her journey, will be out in the open without any shelter and a roof.

Hot Tip: (precise and pertinent)

Jesus said; “Not every one that says to me; `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven.” (Mt.7:21).

Jesus said: “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (Jn.14:9), does this not prove that Jesus Christ and his Father were one and the same?

Answer No.3

One day to prove a point and settle an argument, Jesus picked up a child and said to his disciples; “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me;” (Luke 9:48).

Jesus said; “He who believes in me does not believe in me, but in Him who sent me.” (John 12:44)

“He who hates me hates my Father also. …but now they have both seen and hated me and my Father as well.” (John 15:23-24)

“And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:3).

The call of sincerity demands that if believing in the Truth is the honest intention then one could only pass an ethical judgement after reflecting upon all the relevant texts.

John 17:3 (quoted above), if read with the following verse clears the air.

Hot Tip: (precise and pertinent)

Jesus said; “Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master; neither is the one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.” (John 13:16). During his ministry, Jesus repeatedly said he was sent by his Father.

Christianity FAQ 9 : Did All Things Come Into Being Through Jesus?
A look at the argument for Jesus being the `essential unity of godhead`. [22-Apr-00 : 03:03 PM]
Christianity FAQ 8 : Salvation Only in Being a Follower of Christ?
Refutation of the claim that salvation is only in being a follower of Christ. [22-Apr-00 : 03:00 PM]
Christianity FAQ 7 : More on the Trinity Doctrine
A look at the famous verse of the Bible used to prove the Trinitarian doctrine. [22-Apr-00 : 02:56 PM]
Christianity FAQ 6 : The Doctrine of Trinity
Analysing the texts that relate to the doctrine of trinity in the Bible and the problems associated with it. [09-Apr-00 : 01:07 PM]
Christianity FAQ 5 : Being Born Again
What does being born again really mean and what does it entail? [09-Apr-00 : 01:05 PM]
Christianity FAQ 4 : Jesus the Begotten Son?
A look at the original greek term that is translated quited ‘liberally’ in Biblical texts to justify the begotten nature of Jesus. [09-Apr-00 : 01:02 PM]

 

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