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Is Jesus The Son Of God?

Is Jesus the Son of God?

Here is an excerpt from a helpful article, “Is Jesus the Son of God?

Christians say that Jesus is the Son of God. Muslims say that Jesus is a great prophet like all other great prophets. They ask: “How can God have a son? Who, then, is God’s wife through whom God has a son? God has no wife, nor does He have a son. To say that God has a son is to be guilty of sin of shirk, the sin of associating a partner with Allah. God is one. He alone rules. He has no son as an associate.”

While discussing who Jesus is, how often helpful conversation between Muslim and Christian ceases at the point of Jesus’ Sonship. Too often the Christian fails to explain why he calls Jesus the Son of God. Too often the Muslim fails to investigate for himself what the Holy Injil (the New Testament) means when Jesus is called Son of God. Regarding this matter, may we present only briefly the following points:

1. The Injil clearly states that Jesus is the Son of God. He is called Son of God by his disciples: “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the living God” (Injil, Matthew 16:16). He is called Son of God by the Heavenly Father: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). He calls Himself the Son of God: “Again the High Priest asked him, ‘Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?’ and Jesus said, ‘I am…” (Mark 14:61,62). Many other passages in the Injil also refer to Jesus as the Son of God.

Yet the Muslim may ask: “Are these passages really in the Injil? Have they not been inserted in later times so that the Injil has become corrupted?” To such questions we may only reply: “The Injil is God’s Holy Book. He has preserved it and He will preserve it.” It is wrong to conclude that since Jesus is called the Son of God, therefore the Injil has been corrupted… Read the rest: Is Jesus the Son of God?

What are your thoughts?  Is Jesus the Son of God?  Why or why not?

 

2 Responses to “Is Jesus The Son Of God?”

  1. When dealing with these issues we must be cognizant of the role that language and culture plays. While it is easy for a westerner, especially a native language speaker, to understand that in this context son does not mean offspring, for others, and specifically those from Muslim backgrounds, son can have no other meaning.

    For one to say this is for lack of investigation is negating the power that language had in our thought process. I would like to provide you with a link that discusses this issue in the context of bible translation.

    http://www.kouya.net/?p=4534#more-4534

    • agoerner says:

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve found Vern Poythress helpful on the topic of translation. He wrote, “Language that explicitly indicates a sonship relation between Jesus and God the Father needs to be present in translations, both for accuracy and for the spiritual health of the church. The same goes for translating the word “Father” (Greek pater). The Father-Son relation is an important aspect of Trinitarian teaching, which needs to be communicated clearly in translation. As a framework for translation, we need to recognize that human relationships between human fathers and sons are analogous to the original Trinitarian relationship. The Trinitarian relationship between the Father and the Son is foundational, rather than being, as some people allege, merely a culture-bound projection from human relationships” (A Clarification on Translation of “Son” and “Father”).
      Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of the church for explaining the meaning of Scripture (Acts 8:25-40).

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