How can Jesus be both God and the Son of God?

Posted: December 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

How could he be in existence before Abraham?

How could he walk on water?

How could he raise the dead?

How can a camel fit through the eye of a needle?

How can a virgin give birth?

How can a person transform from a dead person into a living child of God?

Here’s the problem (all emphases are mine):

There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.” Jeremiah 10:6

O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” I Chronicles 17:20

There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours.” Psalm 86:8

“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me…” Isaiah 46:9

To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?” Isaiah 40:18

“ ‘To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:25–26

“Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him;
The number of His years is unsearchable.” Job 36:26

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. (Ps. 145:3)

“Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand? (Job 26:14)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isa. 55:8–9)

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:33–34; cf. Job 42:1–6; Ps. 139:6, 17–18; 147:5; Isa. 57:15; 1 Cor. 2:10–11; 1 Tim. 6:13–16)” (How God Is Both Incomprehensible and Knowable at the Same Time)

God has made us incredibly intelligent beings; but there are limits to our knowledge, and this frustrates us. We are constantly told that Science will eventually discover the answers to everything, but the more we discover, the more we realize we don’t have a clue! From Aristotle: “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know” to Einstein: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” to contemporary scientists: “As Jennifer Doudna at U C Berkeley puts it in Erika Check Hayden’s Nature article about the tenth anniversary of the first draft of the human genome sequence: ‘The more we know, the more we realize there is to know.’” (She phrases it a bit more “optimistically”!) Science can better answer the “what”; it has a hard time with the “why”.

The above scriptures inform us of our limitations; furthermore, they inform us that we will ALWAYS have these limitations! At the age of 57, I have asked these same questions over and over again. At times, I have accepted analogies, but all of these eventually fail. Why? Because what the scriptures say, very plainly, very simply…but maddeningly to us…there is no analogy to GOD. There are attributes of God (light, a rock, a fortress, shield, etc.), but no analogies. We are finite beings, trapped by time and entropy, trying to comprehend an infinite Being unbound by time Who is, in a way, a working, spiritual perpetual motion machine.

All of this goes to the heart of your question, which is really about the Trinity. Far from not being taught in scripture, it is exceedingly CLEAR. Every single doubter or denier plays the “what about” game, and every single one of them end up having to deny or distort or totally ignore perfectly clear scriptures. Why? Because they cannot accept a fundamental truth about themselves: the limitations of their “human” reasoning. Very wisely, the Talmud says, “Teach your tongue to say, ‘I do not know’.” This is the foundational problem with every cult that has denied the Trinity; their founders were humans who refused to accept the very nature of God as it is declared in scripture, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:18–23)

As Ravi says below, I may not comprehend it, but I can apprehend it.

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