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John 1:1 examined

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One of the most common verse that’s quoted to prove the divinity of Jesus comes from John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The actual Greek reads like this:

En arche een ho logoskai ho logos een pros ton theon kai theos een ho logos

If anyone knows how to read Greek, or has a friend or teacher who can understand and read Biblical Greek, they will know that the definite article is missing prior to calling the word God. 

In the English language the definite article is known as ‘The'.

Now since the definite article is missing prior to calling the word God, an accurate and more proper translation of John 1:1 should read as follows:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.

This is a more fair and accurate translation.

So John simply called Jesus a god, not ‘the’ God. Now when someone was called a god, it meant he was a prophet, a righteous man, a judge, and even the Messiah.

Now that might sound strange to some, but the word ‘theos’ was not an exclusive name for God, and so this is why it could be used for men as in to describe their high status and so forth.

Since we have cleared this up, let us also respond to john 1:3 which reads:

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Missionaries contend that this verse proves that Jesus is God, since all things were made by him.

For starters the word ‘him’ does not have to be translated as him, but rather can be translated as ‘it’. To understand how we should properly interpret verse 3 we should go back to verse 1 and examine what verse 1 means.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.

This makes perfect sense when you use your mind, and it should make sense to a Muslim as well. A true Muslim believes that Allah is all knowing, he always knows what he will do. Allah's purpose, plan, and wisdom are always with him. The Word mentioned in John 1:1 is God's plan, purpose, and wisdom.

So John states in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, we agree, God's purpose and plan is always with him, he always knew what he will do. We as Muslims also agree, we believe that Jesus is God's word, Allah simply said be, and he was, as the Quran states:

003.059 The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.

003.045 Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;

Jesus is indeed the Word of Allah, since Allah simply said be and Jesus was. 

So therefore the Word of God is God's plan, purpose, and wisdom. Jesus was a manifestation of this purpose, plan, and wisdom.

Now we can understand John 1 verse 3 more properly when it says:

All things were made by it; and without it was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:3 is referring to the Word of God, the word of God is God's plan, purpose, and wisdom. All of us agree that everything was created by God's word, God simply said be, and it came into existence and creation

This is precisely what John is teaching, that God's word is his plan, purpose, and wisdom, and God's word has always been with him, and everything comes into existence through God's word. Jesus is a word of God. 

So to summarise:

-John 1:1 shows Jesus is not ‘the’ God

-John 1:1 mentions ‘the’ True God, and then makes sure to distinguish this with Jesus

-John 1:1 calls Jesus a god, taking the definite article out

-God's word is his purpose, plan, and wisdom

-God's word is always with him, as he doesn't get new ideas, he is all knowing

-Jesus is the word of God, Allah simply said be and he was

-Everything is created through and by God's word, he says be and it is

 

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