I was reading blogs and I stumbled across one by someone who was talking about his conversations with a pastor. He said he was very disappointed that the Christian pastor didn’t know his Bible even as well as he, as a Muslim, knew it. He asked if he knew that Jesus distinguished himself from God and the pastor said he’d heard no such thing. The man from the blog then mentioned a verse where Jesus asked why someone was calling him good, because only God is good. I thought he’d taken the verse out of context so I looked it up. Lo and behold, there was no context, and Jesus never took it back. This began a google search.
Did Jesus call Himself God? He said things like, I know my Father and if you know me you know the Father, and My Father is in me and I in Him. But did he really say: I’m God? He’s referred to often as the Son of God, and the angel tells Mary that people will call Jesus son of the most high God, but does that mean that he really is? And don’t we call ourselves children of God or brothers and sisters in Christ? Don’t we say that we hope that others will see God in us, and that God will work through us?
All my life I’ve been taught to think about he Bible in a certain way, but what if the things that I naturally imply aren’t really what I should be implying? Is tradition truth? Obviously, I know this is all very problematic to Christian faith, but I can’t help asking. After all, that’s what it is to have faith like a child right? I’ve never met a child who stopped asking questions and usually they are the big ones that we always thought were obvious things, but that we’ve no idea how to explain.