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bullet Posted: 24 March 2009 at 12:27pm
Salams, Believer make sense out of this even though it clearly says what it means:John 20:17, Jesus told Mary Magdalene to tell his followers:"I ascend unto my Father and your Father;and to my God and your God".      Jesus' reference to God as "my Father and your Father"further emphasized the distiction between himself and God.Furthermore,by referring to God as "his God",he left no room for anyone to intelligently claim that he was God.

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bullet Posted: 26 March 2009 at 12:27pm

Akhe- I find it interesting thqt you are using verses right after those speaking of Jesus rising from the tomb after His crucifixion.

John 10
25Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."
 
I don't know how GOD did it but Jesus is fully human and fully divine.  Did you know that some early Christians- gnostic sects believed that Jesus' body was an illusion and that He was fully divine.
 
Think of it this way- each of us is "creator", "father" of our own words, but we are human and our words very often lead us into trouble!!
 
Our loving GOD used His words to make Laws for us so we could be close to Him.   GOD is righteous and we can not be close to Him if we don't follow His Laws.  GOD gave us a free will because He wants us to choose Him and follow His Laws, but none of us can follow those Laws because we are human. 
 
GOD castes His Holy words to Mary to become a living Human example for us in Jesus.  Knowing that we could never live up to the Laws He sacrificed His WORD, SON, Manifestation, for us as a gift of grace.
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16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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bullet Posted: 26 March 2009 at 1:53pm
But really Believer you get into this 'sacrifice' idea..

Where is Jesus now? Let's assume he is in Heaven... where the 'sacrifice?' This life is really an illusion the next life is the one that is eternal/

So is this idea of 'sacrifice' is a bit odd if you think about it. If I sacrifice my time so that i do X, it is gone forever. I give up something.. how is Jesus a 'sacrifice' when he is where is always was and should be. What did God actually 'give up?'

Are you not giving human attributes to God who is as you would agree beyond we  humans.

And I am reading a book on the Bible by Karen Armstrong.. and it SEEMS to me that IF Jesus had been God more information would have been concrete about his life.  If you read how things WERE altered.. then how does the concrete mission of Jesus remain true?

I am no way would ever say that Jesus was not a pious follower on God. But reading Anything about what happens after his time, it puts men in charge. Which is really a false reality.

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bullet Posted: 26 March 2009 at 8:19pm

Good point Hayfa.

I have stated on numerous threads over and over, where was the sacrifice? If Jesus were God, then he sacrificed nothing. Nothing could really hurt him, he didn't really die, and after his little sojourn to earth he immediately returned to heaven. If Jesus were a man and could actually die with no hope of resurrection or being "god" again, and allowed himself to be killed, actually gave up his one and only life, then  THAT would have been a sacrifice.
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bullet Posted: 26 March 2009 at 8:19pm
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Akhe- I find it interesting thqt you are using verses right after those speaking of Jesus rising from the tomb after His crucifixion.


John 10

25Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."

 

I don't know how GOD did it but Jesus is fully human and fully divine.  Did you know that some early Christians- gnostic sects believed that Jesus' body was an illusion and that He was fully divine.

 

Think of it this way- each of us is "creator", "father" of our own words, but we are human and our words very often lead us into trouble!!

 

Our loving GOD used His words to make Laws for us so we could be close to Him.   GOD is righteous and we can not be close to Him if we don't follow His Laws.  GOD gave us a free will because He wants us to choose Him and follow His Laws, but none of us can follow those Laws because we are human. 

 

GOD castes His Holy words to Mary to become a living Human example for us in Jesus.  Knowing that we could never live up to the Laws He sacrificed His WORD, SON, Manifestation, for us as a gift of grace.
Salams, Believer. Is that Jesus(As) like?And furthermore lets look deeper into this sacrifice theory,Why was it a need for this so-called sacrifice?Could it be because the people started to worship Jesus(As)as a god when he clearly, over and over told them not to,he even said dont call him good,because he owned no attributes in which they were giving him,except as a messenger.


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bullet Posted: 26 March 2009 at 8:39pm
Originally posted by believer

Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 
I wonder if you realize that you are affirming that Jesus had no power except by the Will of Allah.
My sheep meaning that he was a sheperd of men,a learder of men,and so was Adam(As)Nohah(As)Moses(As)Abraham(As)and lastly Muhammed(SAW).                               


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I have always looked at the "sacrifice" or "death" of Jesus (Isa) as, unfortunately, a pagan ritual carried over from many other empires: Greek, Roman, etc.  All HAD TO sacrifice a human being. 
 
It's strange, before becoming a Muslim, I always thought the Messiah was exonerated or saved at the last moment by the hand of God - - - something like the rescue of Isaac (Christian) or Ismael (Islam) from the hand of Abraham (Ibrahim).
 
Jesus suffered persecution....true....but he was not crucified to death but miraculously saved or raised up just in time.
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bullet Posted: 30 March 2009 at 12:43pm
Well said Akhe Abdullah and Eaisha, so simple and so true.
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Edited by honeto - 30 March 2009 at 12:43pm
39:64 Proclaim: Is it some one other than God that you order me to worship, O you ignorant ones?"
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