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Is Jesus and God One?

Angela first knew of Jesus as a child but did not walk with him until she was an adult. She now hopes to share the Good News with the world.


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Eye Witnesses

How can we truly know that Jesus is the true God, especially two thousand years later? To honestly know, we need to examine the eyewitness events recorded at the time of Jesus's life. Lee Strobel did a fantastic job in his investigations. They inspire much of what I write.

There are four accounts by four different historians that you will find written in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are all different but similar.

Your first thought may be, how accurate are these retellings? It is essential to realize that eyewitnesses wrote these gospels. Mark was the first gospel written in 60 AD, then John. If John the disciple indeed wrote John, he was there for many of Jesus's most intimate moments. All four of these historians wrote within the first century when other eyewitnesses were still around to validate the truths of these writings. Yet, despite this, although people fought against the message, they did not fight against the stories told.

Other gospels did not make it into the New Testament that tells of the events during Jesus's time. They did not make it into the Bible because Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were the earliest accounts and believed to be the most reliable. Many others written in the second century were by eyewitnesses that were no longer alive and unable to ascertain the fundamental validity of the words, which means that the gospels are the most accurate of those out there.

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Differences in the Gospel

The biggest argument you will often hear from nonbelievers is the differences between the gospels. Keep in mind that even if you were to bring in four eyewitnesses in a court of law, all would remember the events slightly differently. Still, by understanding all four people's memories, you better understand what truly happened.

Just because Matthew 20:30 tells about two blind men healed, but Luke 18:35-38 only lists one does not eliminate the validity that there were indeed two healed. Even Mark focuses more heavily on the more prominent of the two. The fact that one of the blind men was more prominent in the eyes of the villagers would explain why the other three would only list him when telling the story of this miracle.

Besides, if all four gospels were identical, then there would be a strong likelihood that all four had been just copies of one another, but these were all their accounts. This case shows this was indeed four people's version of the truth.

Statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, portraying Christ Jesus, son of God.

Statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro, portraying Christ Jesus, son of God.

Consistency in the Gospels

One thing that is consistent in all four gospels is that they show Jesus making His claims of deity in the first person. During this time and before and after, when referring to God, we talk in the second person. He even tells people in the Bible, "Your sins are forgiven" (Mark 2). Jews believed that only God could forgive sins. He also claimed that He was here before the beginning of the world (John 17:5). So for Jesus to claim that someone's sins are forgiven, Christ was proclaiming that He was God, the Messiah. Jesus would even speak authority over the scriptures (Matt. 5:21-39) when He clarified Moses's words.

Not only does He speak in the first person, but He also keeps His claims of being the Messiah despite being threatened with a horrific death that included beatings and hanging on the cross.

In the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as the "Son of Man" over eighty times. This phrase, taken out of Daniel chapter 7, shows that the people who wrote the Bible and Jesus Himself believed that Jesus Christ was more than just a man.

Jesus was not the only one to refer to Himself as God, but Thomas (John 20:28), among others, referred to Jesus directly as God.

Many disciples tell about men who laid down their lives for Jesus Christ. How many of these men would have laid down their lives if they genuinely didn't believe that Jesus was God? These are men who walked with God, and eleven of the twelve gave their lives for the truth they believed.

Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, yet accepted it whole heartedly.

Jesus knew Judas was going to betray him, yet accepted it whole heartedly.

Prophesies of Jesus

How do we know that His claims were factual? Was Jesus some mentally ill person who believed He was God? By studying the Old Testament, we can see that Jesus' coming was long foretold centuries before He came. The Old Testament even states where Jesus was going to be born (Micah 5:2) and whose direct family line He was going to be born to (Genesis 12:3). These two facts prove Jesus's divine nature more than any other prophecies stated. Jesus could have orchestrated many of the other prophecies He fulfilled to prove that He was the Messiah. But even He, unless He was indeed God, could not choose His birthplace and to what line He came from.

Some people have trouble believing that the Old Testament truly does prophecy His coming. Some key points found within the Old Testament prove people were expecting a Messiah. If Jesus is not the Messiah, we should be awaiting the Messiah's arrival today.

The Psalms directly refer to Jesus in Psalm 2:7. Not only was Jesus's arrival prophesied, but it also prophesied a man who would lead the way. John the Baptist led the way for Jesus's coming, as we see throughout the New Testament and foretold in Isaiah 40:3. Most of Jesus's life is foretold, especially his miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6), being betrayed by Judas (Psalms 41:9), His death (Daniel 9:26), and how much money Judas would betray him for (Zechariah 11:12). There are hundreds of other pieces of evidence that show that the people during Jesus's time were awaiting His arrival and found proof that He was who He claimed to be. Jesus, Himself also pointed to these prophesies to prove that He indeed was the Messiah (Luke 22:37).

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Some reason why people reject the teaching of Jesus is that they don't want to feel accountable to anyone but themselves. The Bible foresees that we will reject the gospels, reject Jesus, and reject not only Christianity but Christians themselves (Isaiah 53:3). Most people will acknowledge that the Bible does give very excellent advice, but it's not the advice on good clean living that they challenge. They challenge Jesus's existence and the whole premise of the Bible.

The Answer to the Poll Above:

The quote is in Isaiah 53:6, the Old Testament. I believe it was referring to Jesus. Current Jews believe there is yet to be a Messiah.


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© 2011 Angela Michelle Schultz


Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on October 05, 2019:

Jay, I wonder that myself. I do know that it reveals His great love for us.

Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on September 29, 2019:

What was Jesus thinking when he chose to be tortured to death?

Sean on May 16, 2013:

The popular names, known as Jesus Christ and God, are also found written throughout the KJV Bible in a specific manner. It is done in a clever, but simple, encoded manner. This provides substantial proof of the existence of the so called higher powers known as Jesus Christ and God.

This proof can be found at

At the web site, it is shown that tons of “Proof of GOD” is ENCODED within the Bible. Here are a just few basic but astounding examples. In code form, we find the following.

Search for the words “The Father”, and sure enough, we find “GOD”.

Search for the words “The Lord”, and sure enough, we find “CHRIST”.

Search for the words “The Father”, “The Son”, and “The Holy Spirit”,

and sure enough, we find “GOD” and “CHRIST”.

All this information is present, but in an encoded form. And the list goes on and on…. How can such encoded information be anything else other than the real deal?

But again, to see this encoded proof, simply go to

Then click on the flashing words “Watch / Listen”, and let the webpage take you on a webpage tour of such proof.

Nancy Moore from Lakeland on March 06, 2013:

For sure Jesus is the Messiah, but as far as Jesus being God he is not. The Father sent Jesus here to be the perfect sacrifice. Jesus himself said he did nothing except for what his Father wanted him to do. So, if he were or is God why would he send himself? When he prayed he prayed to his Father whose name is Jehovah the Hebrew scriptures tells us this. Why would Jesus pray to himself? Jesus was the first of all creation the Bible tells us he was brought forth as if in birthing pains. He was here at the beginning of earths creation. Do you not read let us make man in our image. So, he is not 2 (two) deity's he is 1 (one) of two. Jesus is a might God, and his Father is Almighty God. Jesus had to go back to the Father to sit on the right side of his Father. Is Jesus going to sit in two places on two thrones? He sent the holy spirit, God's active force, to be with us to help us. So, really how can Jesus be God Jehovah?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on June 18, 2011:

Thank you so much ruffridyer for responding. There is so much more to add this hub, and so much more to learn. I really hope others will find the truth as well. Maybe something I wrote, will help trigger their ability to hear the holy spirit calling out to them.

ruffridyer from Dayton, ohio on June 17, 2011:

You make some valid points. The fact these men suffered and died for their testimony. The fact different accounts reinforce the truth of what was written. The fact people around that time were waiting for the messiah. A good hub indeed.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 06, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by sun girl!!!

Sun-Girl from Nigeria on May 06, 2011:

Great article you really wrote here but cant actually argue anything in here because my belief and that of others differs .So anything you belief about Jesus is good for you.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 15, 2011:

I think if we know when they were written, can better predict their reliability. Because the more closely to the time of Jesus, the more likely they contain truth.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 15, 2011:

Hello Angela-Michelle :)

Yes, you are right ~ it is true that I don't have the most up-to-date information on Gospel research and dating ~ but everything I read indicates that there is disagreement over dates.

If there is now consensus, between Christians and other historians, then I would really like to read about it, as I would find it most interesting.

However, I do wonder, even if the gospels were to be dated with unquestionable certainty, how far this would go towards answering your question about Jesus being 'the Messiah', because there is still the question of their reliability as evidence.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 13, 2011:

I should reresearch how they knew when the gospels were written. They actually did have proof of particular dates, and reasons why they believe those dates are accurate.

Tricia Mason from The English Midlands on February 13, 2011:

Hi :)


I don't think that historians are sure exactly when the gospels were written, or by whom. And, as 'Gospels', they were written to spread the good news ~ not as histories, so, though they are interesting historic sources, they cannot be taken as truth or proof of anything.

I have read a couple of books which have made me think that Jesus probably did exist ~ but there is absolutely no proof of this ~ and there are other books which indicate that his story had been told before, so that he may have been legendary, rather than real.

I do find it a fascinating topic. I think that James Tabor's book, 'The Jesus dynasty' is really good.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 30, 2011:

Thanks GarnetBird.

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on January 30, 2011:

You Go, girl!! It is really the most vital question we will ever be asked to answer--luckily I can say yes.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 28, 2011:

I'm going to have to read your hubs, for sure!!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 28, 2011:

Fuscia, I agree with you one hundred percent!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 28, 2011:

Debra, that wheel website has some really interesting stuff in it. I think I'm going to have to check it out some more.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 28, 2011:

Pamela I'm so glad to hear that. Few decisions in our life make more of an impact on our life than that one decision. For such a non-active decision, it sure has active implications on our day to day life.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on January 27, 2011:

Over the years I have been given revelations through either dreams or visions of a day in the court of judgement for sinners. One very important and significant one, I have reported in my Hubs.

At the time, I had no idea why I was shown this, for my belief and my faith were in a state of "Lukewarmness" I knew God, and I knew Jesus, and I knew God's Holy Spirit, but only from a distance and with no intimacy whatsoever.

You might say that I became a second John the Baptist through those dreams or visions, revelations.

Since my Hub where I report the one incident, I have developed the most powerful urge and desire to serve God and to know Him intimately, and now I do. Daily my evangelizing, my desire to share Jesus with whomever will listen or read, is like a fountain pouring out its life giving energy.

If God were not real, if Jesus and His life were not real, if Jesus were not truly the Messiah, the Son of God, I know I would not have this sort of enthusiasm.

fucsia on January 27, 2011:

The story of Jesus is fascinating! This is what I can say with certainty. Great Hub!

Debra Chapoton on January 27, 2011:

The more I study the Bible the more obvious it is that it is divinely inspired and the only real Truth. Check out if you want to be blown away by the intricate weaving of the 22 Hebrew letters and the 66 books of the Bible. It inspired me to start studying Hebrew in order to verify what McGough teaches. He's right and I've spent the last year teaching a class using his "wheel".

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2011:

I have no doubts that Jesus was the Messiah. My life changed dramatically when I accepted this fact.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 26, 2011:

Thank you!!!

Bob Diamond RPh from Charlotte, NC USA on January 26, 2011:

Whether or not Jesus is the Messiah is the most important question that you will ever answer; and, for your own sake, it had better be in the affirmative, Angela_Michelle.

Voted up.

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