Some Forgotten Sayings of Jesus
Any believer can call God “Father” according to
Jesus, at the end of his mission, made it clear that
God is not only his father, but father of all, and God of all, and even his own
God whom he worshipped throughout his earthly career. He said:
ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (John
20:17 RSV 1952)
The writer who is Paul also made it clear that any
believer can address God as “Father.” He wrote:
Abba, Father" (Romans 8:15 KJV 1611).
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
“. . . Do
not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in
heaven. (Matthew 23:1,9 NIV 1984)
According to Matthew, Jesus taught the crowds to call God
‘Father’. He said to them:
is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in
heaven, hallowed be your name . . .’ ” (Matthew 6:9 NIV).
Jesus made it clear that he is not God when he said:
you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:18)
A man had ran up and knelt before Jesus and called him
“Good Teacher.” Jesus used the opportunity to make it clear to people
that they must not praise him more than a human being deserves to be praised.
Jesus depends on God for Authority: God depends
on no one.
“I can do
nothing of my own authority” (John 5:30).
“I do as the
Father has commanded me” (John 14:31 RSV).
Needless to say, God does not receive commands from
anyone. Jesus said:
that I say to you I do not speak of my own authority.” (John 14:10 RSV)
“I do nothing
of my own authority but speak thus as the Father has taught me.” (John 8:28
God has full authority, and full knowledge. He
cannot be taught, but He teaches.
Jesus is not Equal to “The Father”
is greater than I” (John 14:28 RSV).
People forget this and they say that Jesus is equal to the
Father. Whom should we believe—Jesus or the people?
Jesus Does Not Know Everything
Speaking of the Last Day, Jesus said:
“But of that
day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the
Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
Did Jesus Raise Himself up?
him up. (Acts 2:24)
Jesus did not have power to raise himself up. God
had to raise him up, as the author of Acts says.
Jesus prayed to God: God prays to no one. Jesus
Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I
will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:32)
Jesus fell on his face and prayed to God, begging God to
save him from crucifixion. This also shows that Jesus had a will different
from God’s will. The writers of Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that it
was Jesus’s wish to be saved from crucifixion, but it was God’s will to let
the crucifixion take place. This shows that Jesus had a will different
from the will of God, at least for a moment. Therefore he was not God.
He declared in a moment of desperation:
“My God, my
God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Jesus did not know the
tree had no fruit
He [Jesus] was hungry. And on seeing in the
distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it.
When he came to it , he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the
season for figs (Mark 11 12-13).
When he saw that the tree had leaves, he thought that he
might find fruit on it. But when he came up close to the tree he realised
there were no fruits. After all, it was not even fig season.
Bible calls Jesus Servant of God
servant whom I have chosen.” (Matthew 12:18 In this passage God
calls Jesus His servant)
of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his
servant Jesus" (Acts 3:13).
For truly in this city there were gathered together
against thy holy servant Jesus. . . (Acts 4:27).
Everyone, except for God, are God’s servants. Jesus,
too, is God’s servant.
Who was real Worker of Miracles?
Bible says it was God who did the miracles through
Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,
which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: (Acts
People say that since Jesus worked many miracles, he must
be God. But here we see that God did the miracles; Jesus was the
instrument God used to accomplish His work. Jesus was a man whom God
approved of. This means he was a righteous man.
Jesus cannot guarantee positions
“To sit at
my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom
it has been prepared by my Father” (Matthew 20:23).
Therefore if we want to secure our position with God in
the life hereafter we must turn to God and ask Him.
A Misunderstood saying
I and the
Father are one. (John 10:30)
People like to quote this saying, but they forget the
"Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast
given me, that they may be one, as we are."
This shows that what was meant was one in purpose, not one
in substance as people think. The disciples could not become one human,
but they can pursue the same goal. That is to say, they can be one in
purpose, just as Jesus and the Father are one in purpose.
Did Jesus say everything John
says he said?
Consider the following sayings of Jesus found in John's
John 14:9: "Whoever
has seen me has seen the Father."
John 6:35: "And
Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life."
John 8:12: "I
am the light of the world."
John 8:58: "Before
Abraham was, I am."
John 10:7: "I
am the door of the sheep."
John 11:25: "I
am the resurrection, and the life."
John 14:6: "I
am the way, the truth, and the life."
John 15:1: "I
am the true vine."
Christian scholars tell us that if Jesus had made all
these fantastic claims about himself, the first three gospels would surely have
recorded them. Mark was written around 70 C.E., followed by Matthew and Luke
somewhere between 80-90 C.E. John, written around 100 C.E., was the last
of the four canonized gospels. The Christian scholar James Dunn writes in
his book The Evidence for Jesus:
“If they were
part of the original words of Jesus himself, how could it be that only
John picked them up and none of the others? Call it scholarly
skepticism if you like, but I find it almost incredible that such sayings should
have been neglected had they been known as a feature of Jesus’
teaching. If the ‘I ams’ had been part of the original tradition, it
is very hard indeed to explain why none of the other three evangelists made use
of them.” (The Evidence for Jesus, p. 36)
Similarly, the New American Bible tells us in its
introduction, under the heading How to Read Your Bible:
difficult to know whether the words or sayings attributed to Jesus are written
exactly as he spoke them. . . . The Church was so firmly convinced that . . .
Jesus . . . taught through her, that she expressed her teaching in the form of
Jesus’ sayings.” (St. Joseph Medium Size Edition, p.23)
What we have in John, then is what people were saying
about Jesus at the time John was written (about 70 years after Jesus was raised
up). The writer of John simply expressed those ideas as if Jesus had said
them. Rev. James Dunn says further in his book that, almost certainly, the
writer of the fourth gospel
concerned with the sort of questions which trouble some Christians today — Did
Jesus actually say this? Did he use these precise words? and so on.”
(The Evidence for Jesus, p. 43)
Scholars have concluded that this gospel was originally
written in a simple form. But this gospel was later on, as the New
Jerusalem Bible says, “amplified and developed in several stages during the
second half of the first century.” (The New Jerusalem Bible:
Introduction to John, p. 1742)
It says further:
“It is today
freely accepted that the fourth Gospel underwent a complex development before it
reached its final form.” (p. 1742)
On a previous page, the same Bible says:
seem that we have only the end-stage of a slow process that has brought together
not only component parts of different ages, but also corrections, additions and
sometimes even more than one revision of the same discourse.” (The New
Jerusalem Bible, p. 1739)
The New American Bible says that most scholars
“have come to the conclusion that the inconsistencies were probably produced
by subsequent editing in which homogeneous materials were added to a shorter
original.” (The New American Bible, Revised New Testament, p.
God Reveals the Truth About Jesus
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in
your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The
Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He
conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His
messengers, and say not “Three” — Cease! (it is) better for you! — Allah
is only One God. Far is it removed from His transcendent majesty that he
should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in
the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.
The Messiah will not scorn to be a slave unto Allah,
nor will the favoured angels. Whoso scorneth His service and is proud, all
such will He assemble unto Him:
Then, as for those who believed and did good works,
unto them will He pay their wages in full, adding unto them of His bounty; and
as for those who were scornful and proud, them will He punish with a painful
doom. And they will not find for them, against Allah, any protecting
friend or helper. O mankind! Now hath a proof from your Lord come
unto you, and We have sent down unto you a clear light; As for those who
believe in Allah, and hold fast unto Him, them He will cause to enter into His
mercy and grace, and He will guide them unto Him by a straight road.
(The Meaning of the Glorious Qur’an: