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Does Jesus grant eternal life?




Some Christian apologists assert that Jesus must be God due to his claims of giving eternal life to his followers, for instance Jesus is supposedly recorded to have said the following:

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (John 6:47)

And lastly they also quote John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

So Jesus is God because he promised eternal life to his followers.

So is Jesus God because believing in him grants you eternal life? As we all know Jesus was a prophet, as well as being the Messiah, hence it is compulsory for believers to believe in these things, and if they do, they will have eternal life. It’s that simple, if one does not believe in a prophet, then he does not believe in God because God sent the prophet, and God is the witness to the prophet.

For instance in Islam one of the six articles of faith is to believe in the prophets:

The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. "We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers." And they say: "We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys." (2:285)

So a true believer is commanded to believe in the prophets, and if they do believe this, they will then be saved, and if they reject the prophet, they will not be saved.

So it is in that sense that Jesus gives eternal life, if you believe in him as a prophet and Messiah, then indeed you will get eternal life, and eternal life is paradise.

Christian apologists may disagree with this interpretation, so let’s prove our argument by quoting a verse from the Gospel that proves our point:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

This above verse proves our argument. Those who believe in the one who sent Jesus will have eternal life, and the one who sent Jesus is God, by believing in Jesus as a prophet and Messiah, you will be saved, the reason being is because you affirm that God sent the prophet. By rejecting Jesus as a prophet, and the Messiah, you will be condemned because God is Jesus' witness, and by denying Jesus, you also deny God.

So the context of Jesus and eternal life is clear, as Jesus made clear, if you believe in the one that sent him, then you shall indeed have eternal life, and that’s the context in which believing in Jesus grants you eternal life. 

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