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Is Jesus God? Part 30: "God cannot be seen, but Jesus was seen"

By: Shannon Abulnasr © 2017

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Colossians 1:15 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” 

Here we have an apostle saying that Jesus is the image of God…so why not just say he was God instead?  How exactly can Jesus be the ‘first born’?  When the children of Adam and Eve were the first to be born?  This verse is also a direct contradiction to 1 John 4:12 and John 1:18

2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

This verse is a direct contradiction to 1 John 4:12 and John 1:18 .  It does clarify that Jesus isn’t God though because otherwise it would state that he was God in human form, as his own image, not the image of another.

John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”

Note: This verse has numerous various wordings depending on which Bible you read.  Some say Jesus is himself God, while others say he is just with God, or in the bosom of God, and others say he is just having a close relationship with God.  Why do they all vary?  Which one is the truth?  Click here to see side by side different Bible versions and how they vary, which ultimately portrays very  different meanings as a result.  According to Ellicott’s Commentary on this verse , it says quote: “Some of the oldest MSS. and other authorities read here, "Only begotten God, which is in the bosom of the Father."

John 5:37 “And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form”

Jesus was sent by God. Does God send himself? Does God need to testify about himself to people? Does God need help? God has never been seen nor heard. Jesus was seen and heard.

1 John 4:12 “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

If Jesus is God, then people saw him, and therefore have seen God.

Qur’an 6:103 “No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.”

Allah can’t be seen (in this Earthly life). Jesus was seen, and he was not God.

Qur’an 7:143 “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, "My Lord, show me [Yourself] that I may look at You." [ Allah ] said, "You will not see Me, but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me." But when his Lord appeared to the mountain, He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious. And when he awoke, he said, "Exalted are You! I have repented to You, and I am the first of the believers."

Moses wanted to see God, and God proved to him that he (God) could not be seen. (Those that enter heaven will see God in God’s true form at that time.)

Qur’an 42:11 “[He is] Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you from yourselves, mates, and among the cattle, mates; He multiplies you thereby. There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the Hearing, the Seeing.”

Allah states that there is nothing like him, and that he is all-hearing and seeing. Man is not having these traits, and Jesus was a man. Jesus was seen, therefore he can’t be God.

Qur’an 42:51 “And it is not for any human being that Allah should speak to him except by revelation or from behind a partition or that He sends a messenger to reveal, by His permission, what He wills. Indeed, He is Most High and Wise.”

Allah states that he can’t be seen by any person, without there being some sort of barrier between them because of his power is too much for mankind to handle or grasp. Moses asked to see God but the mountain collapsed because it wasn’t possible, and spoke to them through the burning bush. Muhammad faced God in his ascent to heaven where he was given the command for the five daily prayers, but he couldn’t see God because he was veiled by light.  Those that will enter heaven on Judgment Day will be able to see God at that time.

Continue to the next Section – Part 31: "God would save the messiah from harm & make him victorious"

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Recommended Reading:

Bible Corruption Series:

Part 1 – Intro to Bible Version Differences

Part 2 – 1 John 5:7, The Three That Bear Record in Heaven (Comma Johanneum)

Part 3 – John 7:53-8:11, Pericope of the Adulteress

Part 4 – Mark 16:9-20, Resurrection of Jesus

Part 5 – Conflicting Gospels on the Empty Tomb & Ascension of Jesus

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