The debate surrounding whether Jesus is God can be solved very easily. The way to solve this question is by simply looking at God’s nature, once we examine God’s nature and understand his nature this will allow us to examine whether Jesus matched that nature.
So what does the Bible tell us about God’s nature and attributes? Well it makes it very clear that God is not a man, he has a different nature, as it says in Numbers 23:19:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
This message is also repeated in 1 Samuel 15:29:
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
So the God of the Bible makes it very clear that he is not a man, nor the son of man! Yet what about Jesus? Well let us see what Jesus said in John 8:40:
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
So Jesus is a man, God is not a man, therefore to put it short Jesus is not God! Furthermore the Greek word used for man is called ‘Anthropos’, and this is from where we get the word anthropology which is basically the study of humanity!
Secondly, the word ‘Anthropos’ in the Greek language is used to distinguish man from God! So Jesus used a word to describe himself which clearly separates and distinguishes him from God! To sum it up when one is called anthropos it means he isn’t God, but a man/human like all others, separate from the divine creator.
Now Christians will reply back to all of this by quoting Philippians 2:6-7:
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (New King James Version)
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, (New Living Translation)
who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; (American Standard Version)
None of the translations are similar, but the basic interpretation is, and that is is that Jesus gave up his divine right and power and took on the human form.
So this basically means that if Jesus truly was God, then he changed his nature, and went against his nature by giving that divine nature up and becoming a man.
Yet there is a slight problem with this view, the God of the Bible Himself disagrees with this interpretation! We read in Malachi 3:6:
For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT
So the God of the Bible clearly states that he doesn’t change, his nature is forever consistent and is the same! This verse completely refutes the Christian conception of Philippians chapter 2, because if God gave up his divine right, and took on the flesh then he truly changed and went against his nature, and God clearly says he does not change nor go against his nature.
So the Christian is in a major dilemma now, either they let God be, meaning he is not a man, and that his nature doesn’t change. Or they make God into a liar, claiming he did change his nature by becoming a man and taking on the flesh! It is up to the Christian as to which option they choose, but either way they still lose, because they either accept the reality that Jesus isn’t God, or they call God a liar to simply continue their belief in Jesus’ divinity!
And Allah Knows Best!