Monday, January 20, 2014
Mark 12:29, Jesus Denied He was God?
MUSLIMS often cite Mark 12:29 as "proof" that JESUS DENIED that HE WAS GOD.
The verse reads: "Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one."
Is this really a denial of Jesus's divinity?
NO. THERE is NO SUCH DENIAL.
MUSLIMS TAKE MARK 12:29 OUT OF CONTEXT to DELIBERATELY MISQUOTE JESUS.
In MARK 12:29, JESUS was SIMPLY ANSWERING a QUESTION POSED by a SCRIBE or JEWISH LEADER.
MARK 12:28 says:
One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
Jesus was ASKED about the "FIRST" OF ALL COMMANDMENTS.
So, JESUS SIMPLY CITED DEUTERONOMY 6:4.
That is why we read in MARK 12:29
"JESUS ANSWERED, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one."
DEUTERONOMY 6:4 SAYS:
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone."
The DIVINITY of JESUS was NEVER PUT in QUESTION. The SCRIBE only wanted to TEST JESUS'S KNOWLEDGE of SCRIPTURES and GOD'S COMMANDMENTS.
So, it is WRONG for MUSLIMS to CLAIM that JESUS was DENYING that HE WAS GOD in MARK 12:29. DIVINITY was NOT the ISSUE.
MUSLIMS should STOP MISQUOTING JESUS because MISQUOTING JESUS leads to LYING ABOUT JESUS.