Is There a Possibility that Jesus is Not God?

The deity of Jesus Christ is, in my humble opinion, the fundamental element that differentiates Christianity from all other monotheistic religions. If we root our beliefs in the deity of Christ, we will be able to stand firm in the faith and receive all the promises that come with it.

It is also for this reason that the evil one causes people to question the deity of Christ over and over again. Some people from the unbelieving crowds raise proposals that Jesus might be either a prophet or the archangel Michael.

“If we root our beliefs in the deity of Christ, we will be able to stand firm in the faith and receive all the promises that come with it.”

To counter their arguments by the logic of deduction, I will use scriptures to examine what we as humans can do and what Jesus can do to determine whether or not Jesus falls within the categories identified above.

Is Christ the Archangel Michael?

The Jehovah Witnesses conclude that the Archangel Michael is Jesus Christ [1], but is He? As a created being like all other angels, the Archangel Michael works as a servant of the Creator God. Though He has the gift of free will [2], he chose to obey God completely. This allowed him to continue his heavenly service. But as an angel, he cannot be worshiped [3]. And as a being that is of a lower status than human beings [4], he will not be able to judge people as how Jesus would [5].

If Jesus is Michael the Archangel, then he cannot be worshiped. He will also not be able to judge humans. Rather, He will be judged by humans.

If Jesus is the Archangel Michael, then the idea of us judging Jesus according to 1 Corinthians 6:3 will be absurd. And if we were to judge Jesus, does not that mean humans have more authority than Jesus? If our authority is higher, then Jesus should not have the authority to forgive sins. This meant that our salvation in Christ is invalid.

Secondly, if Jesus is only an angel who will be judged by humans, how will He be given the duty to judge the world, separating sheep from the goats [5].

This is why, by the logic of deduction according to Jesus’ divine duty, Jesus cannot be the Archangel Michael, neither can He be just an angel.

Is Christ just a Mere Prophet?

If Jesus is just a mere prophet as many Jews and Muslims claim, then Jesus would just be a normal person who has received specific teachings from God. However, if Jesus would be just a mere prophet like every other that has come before Him, then He should probably also be a sinner just like them since sin entered the world through Adam (Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:21). Like all other, He will be subjected to the temptations of sins (Matthew 4:1-11). Like all other, He will also not be able to liberate Himself from the grasps of sin because the law of sin wages war against the mind, making Him a prisoner of sin (Romans 7:23).

If Jesus is just a prophet, He will not be able to liberate Himself from the grasps of sin, let alone liberating us from it.

So, if He is unable to liberate Himself from the grasps of sin itself, how can He then liberate the world from it? The ability to forgive sins is attributed to God alone (Luke 5:21), however, Jesus has the power to do just that (Luke 5:24, Matthew 9:6).

Then we come to the part about the resurrection of Christ. If Jesus is just a mere prophet, who died on the cross, and was raised from the dead, then it might be so that it is God Himself who raised Him from the dead. However, this contradicts what He said about personally taking his life back up (John 10:17-18). Second, if Jesus is just a mere prophet, then he will probably not be able to specify the amount of time he will be spend buried (Matthew 12:40).

The End of the Matter

The end of the matter is this: Jesus cannot be the archangel Michael, neither can He be just a prophet. So, if He is not God, then the only other possible explanation is the Tertullian concept of the Trinity and the identity of Jesus within it. In that theory, Jesus is made “of a portion of the matter that the Father is composed of” [6]. This makes Jesus and God, “one substance”, but “different essences”. It was on this thought that the idea of the Holy Trinity was built upon to its current shape now. Hence, followers of Tertullian also believed that Jesus is a part of God. This meant that He is not God personally, but is God. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Three Persons in One Essence.

“The end of the matter is this: Jesus cannot be the archangel Michael, neither can He be just a prophet.”

So, Jesus must be God. Or is there other possibilities worthy of discussion?

Footnotes:

[1] Who is Michael the Archangel. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/who-is-michael-the-archangel-jesus/

[2] Lucifer, Michael’s fellow angel fell because he opposes God.

[3] Revelations 22:9, NIV – “But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

[4] 1 Corinthians 6:3, NIV – Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

[5] Jesus will judge the world. Matthew 25:31-33, NIV – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”

[6] Tuggy, Dale & Zalta, Edward N. (ed.) (2016). “History of Trinitarian Doctrines”The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University. https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2016/entries/trinity/trinity-history.html#Tertul

16 thoughts on “Is There a Possibility that Jesus is Not God?”

  1. You seem to forget what God Himself said about His only begotten son, Who He declared so as well to be His sent one and to be His prophet. real Christians like Jews and Muslims worship only One God, the Unseen God of Abraham, and claim not (as you want to have your readers to believe) that Jesus would just be a normal person who has received specific teachings from God. Both Jews,Jeshua-ists, real Christians and Muslims,see in the Jewish rebbe Jeshua (Jesus) a very special master teacher. Certain Jewish denominations do like Jeshuaists are convinced this man of flesh and blood is the sent one from God and some of those Jews became even a Messianic Jew, whilst others a Jeshuaist, believing that Jesus is the Kristos (Christ or the anointed), the promised Messiah.

    You should also come to see like they believe that Jesus could sin, but did not. He too was subjected to the temptations of sins (Matthew 4:1-11). Like all other. I do not understand why you do not believe such thing happened in the dessert? God cannot be tempted but Jesus was tempted more than once.

    Why would Jesus not be able to liberate himself nor others from the grasps of sin? The answer you give “because the law of sin wages war against the mind, making Him a prisoner of sin (Romans 7:23)” does not make sense and ignores the fact that Jesus wanted to put his own will aside, and managed to do so, to do the Will of God. (In case Jesus is God he would always have done his own will.)

    As you say ” Jesus cannot be the archangel Michael,” but for sure the Bible declares him to be at first lower than angels and to be a prophet.

    When you say “If Jesus is just a mere prophet, who died on the cross, and was raised from the dead, then it might be so that it is God Himself who raised Him from the dead. However, this contradicts what He said about personally taking his life back up (John 10:17-18). Second, if Jesus is just a mere prophet, then he will probably not be able to specify the amount of time he will be spend buried (Matthew 12:40).” you start from your false human dogmatic thinking that Jesus would be God. You then also forget that God cannot die and that Jesus did not die on a cross but was impaled at a wooden stake, after which he died and was three days in hell (sheol) (what would God have to look for there?).
    Then you say ” then it might be so that it is God Himself who raised Him from the dead”, but that is one of the essentials of our Christian faith that we believe God took Jesus out of the dead as an example for us what can happen to us as well. In case Jesus would be God, mankind has no proof at all that man can come out of dead. If Jesus is God than Gdo faked His death and resurrection which makes Him an awful cruel being that he waited such a long time to play this charade and still let us suffer after all that faking (temptation, torturing, death) and all that lying (because according to Scriptures God is all-knowing and all powerful though we see Jesus could do a lot of things not and did not know a lot of things or was lying when he said he did not know when the end-times would come or who would be seated next to him (but that would be in contradiction with the Scriptures telling us that Jesus was with no sin).

    Why as a prophet Jesus would not have been able to say things which were still to come, like all the other prophets did before him?

    Your idea of ” So, if He is not God, then the only other possible explanation is the Tertullian concept of the Trinity and the identity of Jesus within it. In that theory, Jesus is made “of a portion of the matter that the Father is composed of” [6]. This makes Jesus and God, “one substance”, but “different essences”. It was on this thought that the idea of the Holy Trinity was built upon to its current shape now. ” proves you only want to hold fast on human doctrines and not on biblical doctrines. We do not need a Tertulian or Aquinas or any other philosopher or theologian to give us an idea of the Unseen God. The Bible is sufficient to be the One True Guide. The whole idea of the trinity is build on the Roman Greek philosophy to which some of the 4th century (church) leaders agreed to please the Roman Caesar Constantine I (the Great). Luckily many kept true to the teachings of Christ. Today in the world still many different churches or groups can be found who still worship the Only One true God according to the Will of That One God and His only begotten son, the son of man who is also the son of God, the mediator between God and man and the High-priest for God, who gave his life as a ransom for the life of many.

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      1. Not at all. I believe Jesus is the sent one of God, the way to God but not to himself; I believe what God Himself says about that man standing in the river Jordan, namely that he is the son of God. Something totally different than the ‘god son’ like trinitarians believe.

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      2. That’s quite a lot of things we got to square before we can proceed…
        1) By “God Son” what exactly do you mean?
        2) By “man standing in the river Jordan”, are you referring to the one Jacob wrestled with? Or the one Joshua met before conquering Jericho?

        I agree He is not God Himself. Trinitarians believe in that too. In fact, we acknowledge the different “Persons” within the Trinity. – is this what you’re talking about?

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      3. 1. Trinitarians say Jesu sis God and talk about “god the son”.
        2. I was referring to the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Also later God declared Jesus to be His only begotten son, namely at the mountain of configuration.

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      4. Wait, hang on. I’m a bit lost here. Hope you don’t mind me. If God declared that Jesus is His only begotten son, doesn’t that make Jesus sharing the nature and Substance of God?

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      5. In a certain way but that does not make him to be God. My children do have parts of my DNA, and some things you recognise in me or even from my parents and/or grandparents, but they are not me.
        When I meet somebody and present my son I too may say: “this is my beloved son”, but the other person is never going to think he is part of me.

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      6. sorry, Through your post I see what I have seen many times how people where caught up by the human doctrine instead of the Biblical doctrine and how they as such say similar things but which are not at all convincing for what they want to proof.

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      7. No worries! I think that’s what these platforms like WordPress are for – for people to share and have dialogues. 🙂 So care to share what exactly is the biblical doctrine you’re referring to?

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      1. God is Spirit and as such the Spirit is not a separate personality, a second or third unity in God. It is the thinking, handling and acting of god Himself. As such yu can say the Holy Spirit or the Pneuma is the Force of God or the Working Power of God.

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  2. People should believe the words of God and his heavenly Father, Who clearly declared Jesus to be His only begotten son and not Himself in a human form come to earth to fake His temptation and His (so called death), because God can not be tempted nor killed.

    There is no separate entity apart form God being either a god son or god spirit. God Himself is an eternal Spirit (no beginning and no end). That Spirit by His Force or Spirit and His Voice created everything and planted the only begotten son in the womb of the young girl.

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