The concept of Jesus Christ, or The Messiah, as been the subject of debate for centuries. People have argued that God doesn't exist. Since there is no empirical proof that God does exist, this is a very easy argument to win. But there are signs, here and there, that God does exist. In fact, God does not care what Man thinks, because He holds all the cards after Man is dead. The story of The Messiah starts, detailing the desire to correct some problems on earth
Isaiah 40:4 -
Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
Isaiah 9:2 -
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isaiah 9:6 -
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
On His first coming to earth, our Lord came as a pauper, i.e. a poor man. In His second coming to earth, He comes as a prince. In His first coming He came to do a type of "earth moving" - valleys exalted, mountains and hills made low, crooked made straight, rough made plain. Apparently He felt that the world was in such a fix that it needed all the help it could get. The Messiah provided light so that people could understand what life was all about - that this life is like a grain of sand and eternity is the seashore. People were getting so "caught" in worrying about this life they "forgot" about the next one. Isaiah 9:6 makes it plain that a baby was going to be born down the road that was to be "the mighty God". The Messiah's purpose was to make it clear and simple for people to "connect" to God, that is to cultivate a relationship with God. Unlike what many in the church teach, that you need to come to the church and submit to the pastor, The Messiah taught that you need to come to the Cross and submit to God.
Isaiah 35:5 -
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isaiah 53:3-5 -
He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed
When The Messiah came to earth as a pauper he spent his time healing people - "the eyes of the blind shall be opened," "the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped". Organized religion of the day was not too happy about it. As one religionist of today said concerning his interpretation of the "turning the other cheek" scripture: "You turn one cheek and I smash you on that one, and you turn the other cheek and I smash you on the that one." Our Lord said His "yoke is easy" and His "burden is light". The pauper was not very popular on earth. He for one thing did not have "money", and then, He did not have "power (i.e. position)". He had nothing and He was condemned by a court. They put Him to death for stepping on too many toes of the religious leaders of the day. He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, making our way easy. "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed."
The Moslems say in the Koran that it is a "monstrous lie" that God could have a Son. Certain of their scriptures bring this out. Chapter 2:ll6-ll7 -
They say: "Allah has taken to Himself a son;" Allah is above such things. Rather, to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; all are obedient to Him. He is the Creator of the heaven and the earth. When He decrees a thing, he needs only to say, "Be," and there it becomes.
Chapter l8:l-5 -
Praise be to Allah Who has revealed the Book to His servant and did not make it complicated. It is straightforward so that He may warn about the terrible punishment for the unbelievers from Him and give good news to the believers who do good deeds that they shall have a goodly reward, Which they will enjoy forever. Further to warn those who say "Allah has begotten a son." They have no knowledge about it, nor do their forefathers, this is a monstrous word that comes from their mouths. They speak nothing but a lie.
Chapter l9:35 -
It is not befitting to the majesty of Allah that He Himself should beget a son. He is far about this; for when He decrees a matter He need only say: "Be" and it is.
Chapter l9:88-95 -
Those who say: "The Compassionate has begotten a son," certainly preach such a monstrous falsehood, that the very Heavens might crack, the earth might cleave asunder and the mountains might crumble to pieces at their ascribing a son to the Compassionate. It is not befitting to the Compassionate that He should beget a son.
There is none in the heavens and in the earth but must come to the Compassionate in full submission. He has a comprehensive knowledge and has kept strict count of all His creatures, and every one of them will come to Him individually on the Day of Resurrection.
In a sense, a restricted sense, the Koran is right. There is no way that the Ancient of Days has, or had, a wife. What the Moslems do not understand is that the Bible operates in "figures of speech" much of the time. Five examples will suffice. Revelation l7:l,7,9 -
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Revelation 6:4 -
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given him a great sword.
Ezekiel 37:l-3, ll-l2 -
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
Genesis 22:l7 -
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Isaiah l:9-ll -
Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom, give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
"The only begotten Son" is as much literal
as "the great whore", the "red horse", the "dry bones", the "stars of heaven,
sand upon the seashore", and
"Sodom and Gomorrah". "The great whore" refers to "seven mountains",
i.e. Rome. An empire is not a prostitute. The "red horse" refers to a future
war. A nation making war is not a rider and a horse. "Dry bones" refers
to the reconstruction of ancient Israel. An ancient country is not a bag
of bones. The
"stars of heaven, sand upon the seashore" refers to ancient Israel.
Perhaps the stars that could be seen with the naked eye, or the sand on
one patch of
beach; not the billions of stars that may be seen with a high-powered
telescope, or the sand on many seashores. "Sodom and Gomorrah" refers to
corrupt state of Israel. A corrupt nation is not literally ancient
Sodom and Gomorrah. And God the Father did not literally get a woman pregnant
God the Son.