By Eze Nnanyereugo
This has been an ongoing debate around the globe, and such that have divided opinions pitching people at different positions, I will be delving into it relying on biblical accounts to see what we can make of it.
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Let us find out whether their was a promise of the coming of Jesus Christ before he was born, In the bible book of Genesis 49 vs 10 Jacob while giving blessings to and foretelling his Sons future said;
” The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants,
until the coming of the one to whom it belongs,
the one whom all nations will honor. “
If this verse is to be taken serious it means that right from the time of Jacob and his son’s the Prophesy of the birth and coming of Jesus Christ had been given, and according to biblical genealogy Jesus Christ was a descendant of Judah.
In another place in Deuteronomy 18 vs 15 Moses while addressing the nation of Israel declared to them ” The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.”
Again Moses was saying a similar to what Jacob said many many years before, and this time said specifically ” a prophet like himself ” and I believe the person of Moses is not a subject of debate.
In the bible book of Isaiah 9 vs 6 it’s written;
” A child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler.
He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”
“Prince of Peace.”
This is another popular verse in the bible always referenced when talking about prophecy of birth and coming of Jesus Christ, but in this verse, one hears some claims like “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” “Prince of Peace.” e.t.c. If this place is actually a prophesy of the coming and Jesus Christ then it mean Jesus Christ is God.
Let”s Look at New Testament Accounts
During Jesus’s baptism according the bible book of Matthew 3 vs 16 – 17 ” 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
In another place while Jesus was addressing his disciples, as is written in the bible book of John 14 vs 28 he said ” Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.”
The above verses culled from the new testament showed clearly that Jesus Christ was/is not God, but was/is only the Son of God, and God is his father.
Let us see a few more bible verses before we draw our conclusion, in the bible book of John 1 vs 1 it says:
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
John 1 vs 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
Titus 2 vs 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.
Following all the bible passages sited, the prophesy of the coming Jesus Christ was given as early as when Jacob was giving his last blessing to his sons, when he said to Judah, the scepter shall remain with him until him who it belongs to comes, who they must obey.
Moses some 400 years in the future further said that their God shall raise from among them another prophet like himself, who they must obey reechoing the same thing Jacob said 400 years earlier, obviously the whole christian organization around the world agree to the fact that Moses was not God, in the new testament the same thing, the voice heard during his baptism calls him the son of God, even Jesus calls himself the son of man.
Then in the same Bible we have other verses stating that Jesus Christ is God, e.g one sees phrases like “Mighty God”, “The word was God”, “Our great God and Savior”, “Who is himself God”, all these ascribed to Jesus … The same Bible states clearly that Jesus Christ is the son God, and also states clearly that Jesus Christ is God, so which one should we follow? and if anyone queries too much he/she will be reminded that the word of God is mystery and needs Holy Ghost interpretation.
It is therefore difficult to harmonize and have consensus on the topic, this is the reason for the sharp divided opinions we have among christian organizations, you have the Watchtower against the rest of the others on many issues, and those other ones against them, the Gods Kingdom Society against the others, the others against them, the Seven Days Adventist against the others the others against them, even between Catholic Church and Anglican Church are divisions, e.t.c.
It appears the writers of the Bible deliberately wrote it that way to keep black Africans busy debating what will not advance them or put food on their table.
No wonder they made sure they demonized and destroyed our Religion, Spiritualism, Norms, Values, Customs and Traditions, so we won’t have alternatives to fall back to or compare with, with the Bible they gave us.
The controversy and contradictions in the Bible is huge enough to keep black Africans debating for one thousand years.