This is intended as a reply to a rebuttal made by JUDGE NOT to a posting made by JABEZ "Was Jesus God?"
I'm new to this site and didn't see any way to respond in a more direct manner!
It seems strange responding to a rebuttal that was posted Jan 12, 2004, but with such a flagrant disregard for the TRUTH, I cannot in good conscience, sit back and remain silent! As JUDGE NOT seeks to prove the Divinity of Christ he states,
Another example – only God can forgive sins. Jesus forgives sins. Thus, again, Jesus is God.
Sadly, this line of reasoning has more holes in it than a fishnet, for it is built upon the false assumption that only God can forgive sins, therefore any conclusions built upon this false assumption will not be valid! who can forgive sins but God only?
The Bible does not say this, or even imply it!
But what about Mark 2:7 Mark 2:7 (King James Version)
Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies?
who can forgive sins but God only?
If we would look at this in it's proper context, in verse 6 we learn that it was certain Scribes who reasoned this within their hearts! Jesus perceived these thoughts and responded appropriately, proving that He, as the Son of man, hath power on earth to forgive sins! See verse 10
Matthew 6:12 (King James Version)
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
see also Luke 11:4
Of all that is contained within the "Lord's Prayer" the only portion that the Lord places added emphasis on isMatthew 6:14-15 (King James Version)
For if ye forgive men their trespasses,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 18:35 (King James Version)
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mark 11:25 (King James Version)
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mark 11:26 (King James Version)
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Luke 17:4 (King James Version)
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Matthew 16:19 (King James Version)
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
John 20:20-23 (King James Version)
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
The remission or retention of sins are but specific applications of Binding and Loosing and it is something that is given to every member of the Body of Christ, and not just to a few Apostles, Bishops, and other types of Clergy Persons!
Conclusion,I firmly believe in the Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but to try and prove this this based on a faulty line of reasoning does not edify the Body of Christ or advance the Kingdom of God!
Your Brother in Christ