By Sami Zaatari
Arguments that are often presented to prove that Jesus is God is that he forgave sins, raised the dead, and casted out demons amongst many other great things he carried out.
Well since this is the criteria that makes Jesus God then let us see if any other people also meet this criteria. If we find that other people fit the criteria then we are left to conclude that they too must be God according to Christian thought and logic.
Now when we read the Bible we find that there are people who meet the criteria, and they happen to be the apostles.
We find that the apostles were able to cast demons out of people, we read in Mark chapter 6 verses 11-12:
12 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. 13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Not only do we see the apostles casting devils out of people, but the verses also go on to state that the apostles healed the sick as well. So using Christian thinking this means the apostles must be God as well, because they casted demons out of people and healed the sick.
We also find the apostles meeting another criteria, which is being able to forgive sins. We read in John chapter 20 verses 22-23:
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
So as you can see, the apostles are able to forgive sins, and not only forgive sins, but have the authority to allow sins of a sinner to remain! So it is up to them.
However so we have a slight problem now, we read that Jesus also says:
28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation (Mark 3:28-29)
Jesus states that anyone who insults/Blasphemes against the Holy Spirit shall be eternally doomed. Now it makes us wonder, could the apostles forgive a person who has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit? Jesus says no one will ever be forgiven for insulting the Holy Spirit, however so in John 20 we can see that the apostles are able to forgive sins. So are they able to forgive this sin? Jesus says no in Mark, but says yes in John! Which one is it?!
Now some Christians have tried to get rid of this problem that the disciples are able to forgive sins. For instance missionary Sam Shamoun argues that the apostles are only able to forgive sins in Jesus’ name. This is not an answer, nor does it remove the problem! Whether the disciples forgive sins in Jesus’ or Buddha’s name is IRRELEVENT! The fact is is that they are ABLE TO FORGIVE SINS, end of story! So hence this response that Christians give is beyond weak.
Let us break it down to make it simple, according to Christians:
-Jesus forgave sins
-Only God can forgive sins
-Therefore Jesus must be God
-The disciples forgave sins
-Only God can forgive sins
-Therefore the disciples are God
Very simple! Christians are not able to respond by telling us otherwise, that no the disciples didn’t forgive sins, that the text actually means something else etc. No, Christians ADMIT that yes the disciples could forgive sins, hence case closed, whatever else they say to try and get rid of this problem means absolutely NOTHING at all since it will not erase the fact that the disciples did indeed forgive sins.
Hence Christians should start worshiping 11 other gods now!
And Allah Knows Best!