The Book of Matthew 4:1-11 and The Divinity Of Jesus Christ By Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
The idea to start writing on Biblical verses used by evangelists to spread the ‘gospel’ was inspired by the zeal to enlighten any sincere seeker of The Truth as well as equipping those who have interest in religious dialogues especially students of comparative religion.
Just like the book of Genesis of the Old Testament, the Book of Matthew, which is the first book of the New Testament also opens the door to fallacies, errors and inconsistencies in the New Testament. It should be noted that, contrary to popular opinion especially among African Evangelists, Bishops, Pastors and the average church-goers, that the book of Matthew was the first gospel to be written or Matthew, the disciple wrote the Book of Matthew is debatable.
The Marcan Priority is a hypothesis that puts it that he hypothesis that the Gospel of Mark was the first-written of the three Synoptic Gospels and was used as a source by the other two (Matthew and Luke) is a central element in discussion of the synoptic problem – the question of the documentary relationship among these three Gospels. This theory had been accepted since late 19th century by many scholars in Christianity, credit to Gotlobb Christian Storr, , Christian Gottlob Wilke and Christian Hermann Weisse. Many scholars of the 20th century did not consider this theory as hypothesis but an established fact.
To address the topic, we will scrutinize the verses 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11 of the fourth chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew ( attributing the authorship of this book to St. Matthew is a fallacy).
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.”
The beginning of this chapter tells us that GOD (If Jesus is God), was led by the spirit; we should question what spirit led God Jesus to the wilderness, God the father or the Holy Spirit, if any of them, should a God the Son be led by any spirit?, …to be tempted by the devil,
What type of God is led by an equal spirit to be tempted by the devil he created?
Could Jesus have failed the temptation?
If No, what is the need for a temptation you planned yourself, being God?
“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”
Definitely, any MAN that fasts for forty days and forty night would be hungry. Jesus, being a man was hungry though the fasting itself is questionable. Calling Jesus God is a blasphemy!
What type of God gets hungry?
“The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Here, the devil is tempting God (If Jesus is God). The devil was very clear, he said, “If you are the son of God“. Were Jesus God, the serpent must have known! Jesus replied…
“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Jesus was also very clear in his response. He quoted the third verse of the eighth chapter of the book of Deuteronomy,
“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
Jesus never ascribed being God to himself. Most times, he called himself son of Man. Christians also tell us that the blood of Jesus had rendered the OT obsolete but this is Jesus quoting from it. The temptation continues,
“Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Jesus statement, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test” was gotten from Deuteronomy 6:16 making us wonder why Jesus was quoting from the Old Testament. Christians also claim that this verse means Jesus is God because many of them are not aware that Jesus was quoting from the OT and Jesus was not referring to himself when he said, “Do not put the Lord your God to test”. If Jesus considered himself to be God, why accept to be tempted in the first place only to later tell the devil that it is written that God should not be tested when he would be tempted again in the verses that follow…
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
These verses have caused serious headache for Christian apologists and preachers. The error we have in this last temptation that cannot be explained logically except one has to accept that God did not reveal these. One question we have always asked is, “How did Jesus see the whole continents of the world when world is not flat?”. Were it flat, it could still not have happened. If one stands at the top of Mountain Everest, it is still impossible to get the view of a distance covering 200KM.
Christians sometimes do say the temptation was not physical. The likes of Mr. Raimi Adeleke consider it to be a vision making nus wonder why Satan was asking Jesus to turn a stone to bread, jump down from a spiritual mountain. This explanation is not acceptable because there is an emphasis on “Exceeding High” in describing the height of the mountain. Were it a vision, the height of the mountain should not be emphasized.
Though ridiculous, some Christians bring forth the argument that then, it was erroneously believed that life exists only in the middle east making us wonder why someone writing under the inspiration of the holy spirit also fell for it. Except we agree that God did not reveal those verses, then the argument is not acceptable.
After showing Jesus the kingdoms of the world, Satan told Jesus he would give them to Jesus if Jesus would down to and worship him. According to Christians, apart from tempting Eve, rebelling against and wanting to take God’s glory add up to his sins. With this, we can say that the devil wants what God deserves, knowing what God deserves according to Church teachings. We Muslim keep telling Christians that they should separate praise from Worship as Drumming, singing regardless of how slow the music or beat is, cannot be the right way to worship God.
Except Praises, like the Psalms of David, there is no single prophet in the bible that sang, danced, jumped, wriggled to worship God but praise, not even David. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Jesus etc, none was reported to have sung worship songs or danced and worshiped God rather they bowed and worship as evident in Nehemiah 8:4-6. It is this bowing to worship that Satan asked from Jesus. We should ask a serious question, “why should Satan tempt Jesus with what Jesus has authority over?”. How can we call being promised what you have authority over as a temptation?
Different people sent me links to a thread on Nairaland titled, “How to answer the question,’Where did Jesus say,”I am God worship me?”. I wanted to write a rebuttal till I checked the date to see that it was published in October, 2017. The author agreed that Jesus never said, “I am God, worship me” then asked the question, “where did Jesus say, I am not God, don’t worship me”?. He went further to bring examples of what Jesus did to have been Godlike citing examples of how he forgave sins, healed people speak with authority etc.
Making an argument like his, we can quote things Jesus did or said that does not make him Godlike!. In Matthew 4:10, we read,
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Jesus answered Satan that ONLY GOD should be worshiped and served! Did Jesus not say that he cast out demons by the fingers of God? Did Jesus not confess that he can of his own do nothing? Is Jesus not claiming that the father is greater than him not telling us that Jesus is not God? Everything that Jesus did that made him Godlike, jesus himself attributed them to God!
Now, Jesus ate, slept, was born, circumcised, was hungry, hid for humans, was tempted, was allegedly beaten and crucified, these are what rule out the divinity of Jesus.
Christians’ definition of “with God, all things are possible” is preposterous, obnoxious, irrational, illogical and blasphemous. They say, “is eating, dancing, sleeping, submitting himself to be beaten, being circumcised a thing too big for the GREAT GOD to do?” and we answer them that “would God make a three-sided square, a two-sided triangle, a five-sided circle?” We know these things do not exist!!!
Ya Allah, make those you have guided to Islam steadfast, make Muslims not fall into kufr. Ya ALlah!!! Do not afflict us with what you have afflicted them with. Ameen. Allah says,
” إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ الْبَرِيَّةِ
Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures. (Qura’n 98:6)
When the unbelievers see verses they cry and lament like there is a space for Muslims in their imaginary spirit-like, foodless and unending praise and worship paradise. Hilarious, they refuse to bow on earth but they love it that they want to go to heaven to bow down to God like the 24 Elders in the book of revelation. The Journey starts from being a Muslim!
In Shaa Allah, we are republishing the book, “Truth for the Truth Seekers” soon.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
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