Jesus said “I am” so he must be God?

Once again, the claim in John 8:56-59 “before Abraham was born, I am” is not the same as “worship me!” The fact that Jesus (pbuh) was present before Abraham (pbuh) is not the same as him saying “worship me!”

What then would we say about Solomon (pbuh) (Proverbs 8:22-31) and Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:3), who were supposedly present not only before Abraham (pbuh), but also before all of creation? What about the many others who were either anointed, consecrated or made holy, before their births. (See Ps.89:20, Is. 45:1, 61:1, 1 Sam. 24:6, and Jer.1:5)?

With regard to your comparison of “I am” in the verse of Exodus 3:14 with that of John 8:59, please note that in John 9:9, a beggar who was healed by prophet Jesus used these exact same words used by Jesus (“I am”) to refer to himself. We read

“Some said, this is he (the beggar): others [said], He is like him: [but] he said, I am [he].”

John 9:9.

Here we have a very clear statement from the beggar that he was “implying” that he too was God Almighty. Is this not how the “translators” have chosen to translate and “interpret” such verses? Please note that the word “he” was not uttered by this beggar.

What he actually said was “I am.” He used the exact same words that Jesus used. Word for word. Does this now make this beggar too the “incarnation” of God? Also notice that when the Jews asked this beggar about the identity of the one who healed him (Jesus) he replied

“And he said, ‘He is a prophet.'”

John 9:17

Further, please notice how the “translators” chose to add the word “he” after the beggar’s statement, but they did not choose to do so when Jesus said the exact same words.

Do you see how we have once again been reduced to implication? Notice how since Jesus never once says “I am God!” or “Worship me!” that our own desire for him to actually say that he is God is making us “interpret” every innocent statement he makes to be equivalent to “I am God!”?

Just because the English translation of these verses is performed such that they become the same English words does not mean that the original words are the same. The first is the Greek word eimi {i-mee’}, while the second is the Hebrew word hayah {haw-yaw}.

While both can be translated into English to mean the same thing, they are in actuality two distinctly different words.

The exact same Greek word (eimi {i-mee’}) is translated as “I” in Matthew 26:22:

“And they [the disciples] were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?”

However, if we want to translate this word as “I am” when Jesus says it then we need to be honest and consistent and translate it the exact same way when the disciples say it too.

In such a case, Matthew 26:22 would be translated as follows:

“And they [the disciples] were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I am?”

So, if we were to follow these translator’s chosen “translation” techniques, shall we now claim that the disciples of Jesus too are God? Here we have them saying so very clearly.

We have them asking Jesus in black and white “Are we God?” Is this not what they were “implying?” Should the inspiration of God be reduced to our “implications”?

When the translators have not allowed their preconceived doctrines to color their translation the result has been such faithful translations of John 8:58 as the following:

“‘Truly, truly I tell you, ’Said Jesus, ‘I have existed before Abraham was born'”

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, Dr. James Moffatt, John 8:58

and “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born'”

The Complete Bible, an American Translation, by Edgar Goodspeed and J. M. Powis Smith, John 8:58

In Exodus 3:4, we read that prophet Moses used this exact same term to refer to himself, however, now strangely enough, no one has ever tried to claim that Moses is God or that he was mimicking the words of God found ten verses later in the same book of Exodus.

We read:

“And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, “Here I am.”

Exodus 3:4

Notice how people are driven in a chosen direction of faith through selective translation? Also remember that Jesus (pbuh) did not speak GREEK. If only the church had not felt it necessary to burn all of the original Hebrew manuscripts of the Bible.

Is it so hard to bring us one clear verse like the above verse of Isaiah 66:23 wherein Jesus (pbuh) also says “worship me!”? Why must we infer?

If Jesus is God or the Son of God, then this is his right. The Bible should be overflowing with verses where Jesus explicitly commands his followers to worship him, where God explicitly commands mankind to worship his son, where God explicitly threatens those who do not worship His son with brimstone and hellfire, and so forth.

The Bible is overflowing with verses like this from God about Himself, and from Jesus (pbuh) about God, but there are none from Jesus (pbuh) about himself.

Why is it necessary:

a) For God Almighty to explicitly command us to worship Him, and

b) for Jesus to explicitly command us to worship “the Father.”

While it is not necessary:

a) For Jesus (pbuh) to explicitly command us to worship him, or

b) for God to explicitly command us to worship “the Son”?

Is this not a fair request?

Allah knows Best.

Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.

Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan

Prepared by Mohamad Mostafa Nassar- Australia. 

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Arrogance is not only a sign of insecurity, but also a sign of immaturity. Mature and fully realised persons can get their points across, even emphatically without demeaning or intimidating others.