LUKAS, HELP ME : SOLVING THE BIBLE-CHRISTIAN CONFUSION Part 2 By Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
Not just Pastor Rogito Dennis, there are many confused Christians out there finding it difficult to reconcile Biblical teachings with that of the Church. In the second part of this series, I will focus on the divinity of Jesus Christ. While many Christians believe Jesus Christ is not God, so many believe he is.
In this part, I am going to make a scrutiny of the book of Matthew chapter 4 to…
(i) Proof that the Bible has errors
(ii) There was no temptation of Jesus by Satan. Too ridiculous to have occurred.
(iii) If it happened, the temptation was not tempting
(iv) Jesus is not God
(v) Only God deserves our worship.
“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 us 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?
Dear Pastor Rogito Dennis, it is our prayer that Allah guides you to Islam. In subsequent articles in this series, we would compare Islam and Christianity, In shaa Allah.
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman
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