"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

by Armando Salazar

Most Christians say yes. While Christians had not developed this idea in the first century, and in the second century it was still a minority belief, the notion that Jesus was G-d soon cumulated into the fourth century Bianity doctrine of Nicea and the later Trinity doctrine of Constantinople. Today it is held by a majority of Christians in some form or another. But the real question is, what does the Torah say?

God is not a man that he should be deceitful nor a son of man that he should relent. (Numbers 23:19)

This verse states four things. God is not a man, God is not a son of man, God is not deceitful, and God does not relent. For our purposes we need to focus on the first two.

The words translated to son of man are ben adam. They are also adequately rendered mortal man or human being in many translations. While this verse states that God is not a son of man, Jesus uses this title for himself repeatedly in the gospels. Therefore, Jesus is not God according to the Torah.

I will not act on My wrath, will not turn to destroy Ephraim. For I am God, not man, The Holy One in your midst. (Hosea 11:9)

A similar verse; the same applies here as above. This states that God is not a man, while from the gospels we know that Jesus was a man. Therefore, according to Hosea Jesus is not God.

Moreover, the Glory of Israel does not deceive or change His mind, for He is not human that He should change His mind. (1 Samuel 15:29)

Once again we see that God is not a human. However, as noted above, the favorite title for Jesus in the gospels is one that is equivalent to “human being.” According to Samuel, Jesus is not God.

He is not a man, like me, that I can answer him, that we can go to law together. No arbiter is between us, to lay his hand on us both. (Job 9:32-33)

Once again, we see the declaration that God is not a man (while Jesus was). This verse is interesting because it also states that there is no mediator between God and man, contrary to Christian claims that Jesus is a mediator. According to Job, Jesus is neither God nor mediator.

Will you still say, “I am a god” before your slayers, when you are proved a man, not a god, at the hands of those who strike you down? (Ezekiel 28:9)

This is an interesting verse. It demonstrates that mortality is one sure sign that someone is not a deity. Jesus’ mortality was quite clear – he was struck down. While Christians would claim that he rose again, this verse would debate that God could be struck down at all. It seems that according to Ezekiel, Jesus can’t be God.

For your own sake, therefore, be most careful – since you saw no shape when the Lord your God spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. (Deuteronomy 4:15)

This was a warning for Israel. In essence, it states never to worship anything that has an image, because they saw on image on Mt. Sinai. However, Jesus had an image. In addition, the Jews did not see God on Mt. Sinai. Jesus seems to be implicated in this warning by Moses.

If there appears among you a prophet or a dream-diviner and he gives you a sign or a portent, saying, ‘Let us follow and worship another god ‘ – whom you have not experienced – even if the sign or portent that he named to you comes true, do not heed the words of that prophet or dream diviner. (Deut. 13:2)

This is an important verse for two reasons. For one, it demonstrates that Jesus is not God because the Israelites did not experience Jesus in the desert with Moses. It also demonstrates that false prophets can do miracles, and thus the miracles of Jesus (including his resurrection) do not prove a thing. The Torah seems to warn about Jesus, or people like him.

For I am the Lord, I change not. Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

Jesus, as a human being, was in a constant state of change. Only something incorporeal can avoid change. Jesus’ human nature excludes the possibility of Jesus being an unchanging God. And God never changes, according to Malachi. Jesus must not be the God Malachi is speaking of.

There is so much Scriptural evidence against Jesus being God, that entire websites are dedicated to this fact alone. Therefore, I won’t present a detailed commentary on New Testament texts and how they relate to Jesus divinity or the lack thereof. I will only present a few that are absolute and exclusive in nature.

Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)

God cannot be tempted, but Jesus was.

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the father. (Mark 3:32)

Jesus was not all-knowing.

The son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do. (John 5:19)
Now he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people an healed them. (Mark 6:5)

Jesus was not all-powerful.

Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God. (Matthew 19:17)

Jesus was not all-good.

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Larry B. December 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Great article as usual.  I would like to point out one other thing here.  1.   “I am not man & 2. I cannot change”?  This means, “He is not man,  Never was man,  will never be man.  It means his words of the Torah will never change.  There will not be a new testment where he changed,  like the Christians like to say.  

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Eduardo Elias January 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Great points.

But the whole point is that the todays Christianity is totally different than first century belief. Today it is the Roman Catholic Christianity, that is nothing else than Babylon religion. I do believe “Jesus” is the Messias, however not a god. There is not place for trinity in Torah. And Contantine to accomodate the pagan religions got the new religion that was hidden and changed many things to make it “universal” (catholic). 

I do not want to write a long explanation on that, however Messiah came as a human being with his will, and choose to obey the Lord for a reason. He never told about himself that he is God, even the Jews from that time accused him to be make himself God. However He said that because He was doing the Lord’s Will He was unite with the Lord. Like Moses was called Elohim also.

We are imerse on a major babylon era, and truth is hidden from majority of the people, even Jews, that are believing in many human created ideas outside of the torah.

I appreciate what i read up to now on this website, since help me go depper on the bible and remove what is babel from my life.

Thanks 

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drydend January 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

It is good that you accept only one God, not divided and that you reject Jesus as God. That has to be commended.

Until you read the Jewish Bible, what people call the “old testament”, without Jesus-tinted glasses, we’ll have to disagree on the idea of Jesus being any sort of messiah. But again, well done on shrugging of a major portion of idolatry. Just make sure that you are not addressing any prayers to or through Jesus though, as that is still either outright idolatry, or still sitting at the doors of the idol worshipping temple.

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