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Jesus, the first and the last

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Christians assert that Jesus was God because he called himself the first and the last, and this is a title of God, in both the Bible, and the Quran.

Some Christian apologists try to be very simplistic by arguing that since Jesus is called the first and the last, and Allah is also called the first and the last, this must make Jesus God. Now they might think they have a great argument up their sleeve, that is until one reads the context of Jesus’ statements, and what he actually meant when he said he was the first and the last. It’s amazing how Christian apologists are so bad at reading context, and always viewing things from such a simplistic and narrow-minded lens.

In Mark chapter 9 Jesus clearly explains what he means by the first and the last:

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:33-35)

So this is the context of what Jesus means when he talks about the first and the last, as he says, in order to be the first, you must become the last, and you must become the servant of all. The context and meaning is completely different from God’s title of being the first and the last, Jesus was speaking about something totally different. To be the first, you must be the last, i.e. being humble and so on, and this is why Jesus is the first and the last, because he humbled himself and made himself low, and this would make him the first. This wouldn’t only make Jesus the first and the last, by his definition; this would make everybody who followed this concept to be the first and the last. It’s a very simple and strong message, if you want to be great, the first, you must then lower yourself and serve others, be humble, not arrogant and so forth.

In Matthew chapter 19 we once again see the context of meaning of being the first and the last:

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wifeor children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. (Matthew 19:28-30)

So Jesus explains it again, when inheriting eternal life, those who are first, will become the last, meaning their eternal life isn’t going to be so good, while those who are last, will be the first when it comes to inheriting eternal life, that they have something good awaiting them. So once again being the first and the last becomes crystal clear, the meaning Jesus is giving is something far different to the title and meaning of first and the last when applied to God.

When Jesus talks about being the first and the last, it means that those who are the last, shall eventually become the first, and it means that those who want to be the first, must become the last, meaning they must humble themselves and serve others, and then they shall become the first, the first and the last.

 Now the fact that Christian apologists couldn’t even grasp this simple context and meaning, which is clear for all to see, is very sad, and shows how they are quite blinded by their own false dogma and simplistic thinking. They see a title such as first and last applied to Jesus, and don’t even bother on checking its context and meaning. They simply start arguing that this must prove that Jesus is God, because the first and the last is a title of God, and furthermore it’s a title of Allah. So this must make Jesus God because it’s the same title as Allah, even though the context we have seen from the Bible itself shows a completely different and separate meaning between the two, when Jesus applied and talked about being the first and the last, and when the Quran and Islam talk about Allah being the first and the last.

What’s more sad is that these Christian apologists manage to deceive and dupe a lot of people by these simplistic and utterly fallacious arguments; their gullible audience who wouldn’t know any better, and aren’t going to bother to check the context.

Now onto another point, in actuality, Jesus never called himself the first and the last in the Gospels, whenever Jesus talked about the first and the last, it was as we just read, he always explained the meaning behind it. The only place in the Bible where Jesus actually calls himself the first and the last, is in the book of Revelations, which says:

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. (Revelations 1:17)

So it’s only in the book of Revelations where Jesus explicitly says he is the first and the last. Now the fact that Christian apologists would use this as a reference to try and prove that Jesus called himself God is beyond laughable. Hardly any scholar on the historical Jesus, including Christians, consider the book of Revelations to be an accurate guide to who Jesus was, or what he said. To put it bluntly, nobody unless they’re a dogmatic Christian, believes the book of Revelations contains any truth concerning any actual events surrounding Jesus.

Not only do most scholars reject the book of Revelations as a book meaningful of any real substantial information regarding Jesus, it took Christians themselves until the 4th century, to finally accept the book of Revelations into the cannon of the Bible! It was one of the last books to be added into the Bible, and the reason why it took so long was because the book itself was being challenged and rejected by several Christians and Churches!

Even after it got accepted into the Bible the book was still challenged and rejected by none other than Martin Luther, who played a major role in the Christian Protestant reformation movement, of which many Christian apologists subscribe to. This is what he had to say concerning the book of Revelations:

About this book of the Revelation of John, I leave everyone free to hold his own opinions. I would not have anyone bound to my opinion or judgment. I say what I feel. I miss more than one thing in this book, and it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic. 

First and foremost, the apostles do not deal with visions, but prophesy in clear and plain words, as do Peter and Paul, and Christ in the gospel. For it befits the apostolic office to speak clearly of Christ and his deeds, without images and visions. Moreover there is no prophet in the Old Testament, to say nothing of the New, who deals so exclusively with visions and images. For myself, I think it approximates the Fourth Book of Esdras; I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it.Moreover he seems to me to be going much too far when he commends his own book so highly -- indeed, more than any of the other sacred books do, though they are much more important -- and threatens that if anyone takes away anything from it, God will take away from him, etc. Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. This is just the same as if we did not have the book at all. And there are many far better books available for us to keep.Many of the fathers also rejected this book a long time ago; although St. Jerome, to be sure, refers to it in exalted terms and says that it is above all praise and that there are as many mysteries in it as words. Still, Jerome cannot prove this at all, and his praise at numerous places is too generous.

Finally, let everyone think of it as his own spirit leads him. My spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book. For me this is reason enough not to think highly of it: Christ is neither taught nor known in it. But to teach Christ, this is the thing which an apostle is bound above all else to do; as Christ says in Acts 1, "You shall be my witnesses." Therefore I stick to the books which present Christ to me clearly and purely. (http://www.bible-researcher.com/antilegomena.html)

And this is the actual source Christian apologists would have us believe? This is their great evidence that Jesus is God? A book doubted and challenged by major Christian scholars, a book that wasn’t accepted into the Bible until the 4th century, and a book no major scholar takes seriously in terms of offering any meaningful information about the historical Jesus?

As mentioned, what’s very sad is that they manage to dupe and deceive several gullible people with these fallacious arguments, that’s when the joke stops, because people are being fooled by this nonsense, and are being led into believing these arguments and theology.

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