Thursday, November 12, 2015

Does God have a girlfriend?

Recently, a Muslim reader of my posts questioned my on my belief that Jesus is God. While he believes that Jesus was a prophet, he does not believe that He is God or ever claimed to be God. Based on this difference of beliefs, he asked me the following questions.
I have some question for you then you are so I am going call you brother..hope you don't mind....well brother, Question number one... Who is God? Is He married or have a girlfriend? If it's not true then why you say Prophet Jesus is a son of God? And if it's true then..who were Prophet Adam And Eva to God....both of them were born without it means if Prophet Jesus pbuh is a son of God because He was born without a it also make's Prophet Adam and Eva the eldest children of God?
This is a very interesting question and one that seems common to many Muslims. Even Muhammad had questions on this same point when he declared emphatically that God never had a wife, a consort, or a girlfriend.
"He -- exalted be our Lord's majesty! has not taken to Himself either consort [spouse] or a son [any offspring]. The fool among us spoke against God outrage [that which is unjust]" (Koran 72:3)
"What, has your Lord favoured you with sons and taken to Himself [taken for himself] from the angels females [daughters from among the angels]? Surely it is a monstrous [dreadful] thing you are saying!" (Koran 17:42)
"Or has He taken [adopted] to Himself, from that He creates, daughters, and favoured you with sons [chosen sons for you]?" (Koran 43:15)
This great misunderstanding, that God must have been married in order to have a Son, has made believing difficult for many throughout the past two thousand years. Here is what I believe... John taught us,
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-5, 14)
John introduces us to the Word. This Word was, from the beginning, with God, created creation with God, and was, in fact, God. John shows us that God, while being one, is also plural. This should not surprise us as, from the very beginning, God speaks of Himself in the plural, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness" (Genesis 1:26) and He speaks similarly of Himself in the Koran, "A Book We have sent down to thee that thou mayest bring forth mankind from the shadows to the light by the leave of their Lord." (Koran 14:1) Moreover, even at times we think of ourselves in the plural; we are body, soul, spirit yet one person. We are one but we also see within ourselves a plural nature. Therefore we ought not to be surprised that God also expresses Himself in the plural, though He is one.

Here John uses the Greek word logos which is translated into English as word but more precisely means our thoughts, reasonings, speech, motives, and ideas. God, dwelling in heaven, desired to reveal His logos, His thoughts, will, mind, purpose, and message to mankind. He therefore set about to incarnate that Word in human form though the womb of Mary. Mary was a virgin and did not understand how she could have a child. The angle Gabriel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35) It had long been foretold that God would come to the aid of His people and bring to them the salvation they could not achieve for themselves. "And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought salvation to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him." (Isaiah 59:16)

So what should we call this emanation from God? We could call Him "the Word made flesh," or "the arm of the Lord revealed," or "the Son of God." What is difficult is that we are trying to use human words and language to express something that is spiritual and, in many ways, inexpressible. However, what is important is not what we call something but what that something really is. We need to not judge things by how we name them or express them in language but by who or what they are in truth and reality. This truth, that Jesus was both God and the Son of God, was testified to when Jesus raised Himself from the dead. "Concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord," (Romans 1:3-4) His resurrection from the dead is his proof, or clear sign, that He was who He said He was, the Son of God, God incarnate, and Emanuel - God with us! His resurrection was witnessed to by many, giving us proof that it actually occurred just as it has been recorded for us.
"He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also." (1 Corinthians 15:4-8)
It is in Him that I believe and He is the hope of both my salvation and my righteousness. After having received Him, I have no need of any other prophet, teacher, apostle, or holy man. His death has paid the price for all my sins and His resurrection has given me entrance into the newness and abundance of life I seek, and I hope that all will come to know Him just as I have come to know Him, as my Savior, Lord, and God.

I hope this helps to answer your questions.
David Robison

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