SOME MUSLIMS are TRYING SO HARD to disprove the divinity of Jesus Christ by using verses like Hosea 11:9.
A MUSLIM, Vergilio Balgua Cerbito, posted in a thread in the FB group Answering Muslims: "OSEAS 11:9 SAPAGKAT AKO AY "DIYOS" .....DIYOS DIYOS DIYOS AT HINDI TAO...."HINDI TAO" ,,,,,HINDI TAO ... naiintindihan mo ba?????"
[HOSEA 11:9 BECAUSE I AM "GOD' .....GOD GOD GOD AND NOT MAN...."NOT MAN" ,,,,,NOT MAN ... do you understand?????]
MUSLIMS are DISTORTING HOSEA 11:9 by quoting it ONLY PARTLY to show that God was denying that HE BECAME MAN as Jesus did.
If we read the verse IN FULL, we will see that GOD IS NOT DENYING that HE BECAME MAN.
I will not execute My fierce anger;
I will not destroy Ephraim again.
For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst,
And I will not come in wrath.
When MUSLIMS quote the verse, they ONLY CITE "For I AM GOD and NOT MAN."
They DELIBERATELY DO NOT QUOTE the part which GIVES the REASON why God said He is "NOT MAN." That part which says, "I will not execute My fierce anger."
If we read the parts together, we will have "I will not execute My fierce anger ... For I am God and not man."
With that, we see that the verse is NOT A DENIAL of GOD BECOMING MAN but of God saying that HE DOES NOT GET ANGRY AS MAN DOES.
God denying that HE CAN BECOME MAN is SO MUCH DIFFERENT from God saying that HE DOES NOT GET ANGRY LIKE MAN.
Clearly, MUSLIMS DELIBERATELY MISQUOTE HOSEA 11:9 to MISLEAD and DECEIVE PEOPLE.
But WHAT KIND of a RELIGION is ISLAM if its MEMBERS WILLFULLY and KNOWINGLY DECEIVE OTHERS?
That is the question.
B. GOD BECAME MAN
While MUSLIMS DISTORT HOSEA 11:9 to deny that GOD can BECOME MAN, the verse actually tells of GOD COMING to HIS PEOPLE, which points to GOD BECOMING MAN.
The last two phrases of HOSEA 11:9 show God saying that He is "the Holy One in your midst. I will not COME in wrath."
GOD is ALREADY in the MIDST of HIS PEOPLE. HE is ALREADY PRESENT TO THEM.
And yet, GOD said "I WILL NOT COME in WRATH."
It tells of a FUTURE TIME when GOD will COME to HIS PEOPLE.
That FUTURE TIME is when GOD will BECOME MAN and be "GOD WITH US (Matthew 1:23)," which was fulfilled with the BIRTH of JESUS CHRIST--who is GOD the ONLY SON. (John 1:18)
When GOD THE SON became MAN, He DID NOT COME in WRATH or ANGER but in LOVE and MERCY. GOD THE SON even DIED on the CROSS to SAVE MANKIND.