Muslims take a strong exception to the Christian belief that "Jesus is the
only begotten son." The word "only begotten� exists only in the Gospel
according to John, only in the King James Version (1:14, 1:18, 3:16, 3:18).
Interestingly enough, this word �only begotten� does not exist in the
Revised Standard Version, New Revised Standard, or the World English
Bible. Consequently, the two basic principles of Christianity, trinity and
son of god, exist only in Gospel according to John and in First Epistle
of John, only in the King James Version, a version that was described as
having grave defects. The average Christian should have the right to ask
why was the basics of my Christian faith deleted from later versions of the
Bible and what happened to my faith? These are very serious and crucial
questions. We all know by now that the writing of John is completely
different from the synoptic Gospels. Again the question is why this word,
that is extremely important, was deleted from later Bibles? But this is what
Christians are made to believe in the churches without any references to
the authenticity of the Gospels or to the different versions of the Bible.
However, Christians also know that God has many sons according to the
"That the sons of God saw the daughters of men" (Genesis 6:2).
"Israel is my son, even my firstborn" (Exodus 4:22).
"Ye are the children of God" (Deuteronomy 14:1).
"The Lord hath said unto me, (David) Thou art my son: this day
have I begotten thee" (Psalms 2:7).
"for I (God) am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first born"
"which (Adam) was the Son of God" (Luke 3:38).
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of
God" (Romans 8:14).
It is quite clear from the above verses that many righteous people
were called sons of God. Israel and Ephraim were God�s firstborn. David
and Jesus were called begotten sons of God. So what does that mean? It
is a metaphorical, not literal, descriptive term that is commonly used by
the Jews to indicate closeness and affection to God. The authors of the
New Testament used the same title of the Son of God to indicate closeness
to God. The apostles and Paul were Jews using Jewish terms. Jesus also
said, �God is not only his father, but also your father� (Matthew 5:45
& 48). This metaphorical term is quite obvious in II Cor. 6:18 �And will
be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the
Lord Almighty.� Christians agree with that, but emphasize that Jesus was
an exception based upon only the Gospel according to John only in the
King James Version. God created Adam. But both Adam and Jesus had no
fathers. As a matter of fact, creating Jesus was simpler, in a human sense,
than creating Adam, because Adam had no father or mother, while Jesus
had a mother. God created every living creature. He is the Lord, Creator,
Cherisher, and Sustainer of all. Metaphorically speaking therefore God is
the father of all.
In the Hebrews 7:3 there is a dramatic story about Melchisedec:
�Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither
beginning of days, or end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;
abideth a priest continually.�
Melchisedec was the king of Salem and a priest of God. He met
and blessed Abraham, Genesis 14:17-24. According to the above verse
he is eternal, with no beginning or end, with no father or mother. He
was in a position to bless Abraham. He was made like the Son of God.
What more can you ask for a God? According to the Christian logic in
the Bible, Melchisedec should be the Son of God or even god himself. He
is more unique than Jesus or Abraham or Adam. None of these prophets
are eternal. Why is Melchisedec very much unknown to the Christians? A
person with his credential should be more famous than Jesus! Some may
argue about the verse �like unto the son of God� that he is like but not
actually the Son of God. In this case, who would confirm that the word
�like� was not added to the text and who would confirm the authenticity
of this whole part of the Hebrews, or who was the real author of this part?
As usual this story is completely changed in other versions of the Bible.
For example �without mother� is changed to �his mother was unknown�!
Jesus called himself son of man and refused to be called Son of God:
�And the devils also came, out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou
art Christ the Son of God� (Luke 4:41).
It is clear here that the devils attempted to call Jesus as Son of God,
but he refused that title, as the devils knew Jesus was the Christ. Jesus
even refused to be called �the Christ of God� and called himself the son
of man, (Luke 9:20-22).
Jesus was the expected Messiah and a prophet. Humans escalated
and promoted him from a teacher to a prophet to the Son of God and
finally to God himself.
�The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we
know that thou art a teacher come from God...� (John 3:2).
�And the multitude said, this is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of
Galilee� (Matthew 21:11).
�That a great prophet is risen among us� (Luke 7:16).
�Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a great prophet mighty
in deed and word before God and all the people� (Luke 24:19).
�This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world�
�Many of the people therefore, when they heard his saying, said, of
truth this is the prophet� (John 7:40).
�Nevertheless I (Jesus) must walk to day, and tomorrow, and
the [day] following: for it cannot be that a Prophet perish out of
Jerusalem.� (Luke 13:33).
Son of God:
�And straightway he (Paul) preached Christ in the synagogues, that
he (Jesus) is the Son of God� (Acts 9:20).
John declared Jesus as God at the start of his Gospel.
The following verses describe the human Jesus in his own words:
�My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent me� (John 7:16).
�The word which ye hear is not mine but the Father�s which sent
me� (John 14:24).
�My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his
work� (John 4:34).
�Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me,
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done� (Luke 22:42).
�I can of mine own self do nothing; as I hear, I judge; and my
judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will but the will of the
Father which hath sent me� (John 5:30).
�The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent
greater than he that sent him� (John 13:16).
�But to sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give,
but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father�
�But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven,
but My Father only� (Matthew 24:36).
�But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, not the angels which
are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father� (Mark 13:32).
�Not everyone that saith unto me, �Lord, Lord,� shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is
in heaven� (Matthew 7:21).
�And Jesus said to him, �Why callest thou me good? There is none
good but one, that is, God� (Mark 10:18).
�And I seek not mine own glory; there is One that seeketh and
judgeth� (John 8:50).
Many Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and God. From
the above verses, it is clear that Jesus denied being God or the Son of God.
It now leaves the Christians who believe that Jesus is God to provide just
one single verse in the Bible where Jesus says, �I am God.� God in the
Old Testament declared, �I am God� over 200 times.
It is obvious that Jesus called himself son of man; the people called
him teacher and prophet; the devils called him Son of God; Paul called
him son of God in the Jewish sense; and John called him God using the
Greek philosophy. In Matthew 10:24, Jesus, after calling himself as the
son of man, he continued to claim the highest honor of being the servant
�The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his
Who was Jesus?
Jesus, son of Mary, was a mighty prophet and servant of God.