Documenting Evidence for the Supernatural Lamb
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There is another peculiarity in the Hebrew texts written hundreds of years before Jesus’ time that looks like a contradiction. That is perhaps until we see a possible solution recorded by people many generations later. There are verses in the Bible that talk about people seeing God and verses which say God cannot be seen. Is this proof that the authors of the Bible couldn’t get their story straight? Look at this contradiction contained in just one chapter of the Old Testament, Exodus 33:
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. – Exodus 33:11
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. – Exodus 33:20
There is perhaps one way that the Bible does not contradict itself here and that is if God is more than one “person”; one that can be seen, and one that cannot be seen. But how can God be more than one person when Deuteronomy 6:4 says “The LORD our God (is) one LORD!” How can God be one entity and more than one at the same time? However, the word “one” here in the original Hebrew is “echad” which seems to come from a root Hebrew word meaning “to unify”. It is the same word used in Genesis 2:24 to explain marriage which is the union of two persons to become one (“they shall be one flesh”).
If the Jesus described in the New Testament (who can be seen) is also God along with the Father (who cannot be seen) it would explain this apparent contradiction. It would seem the Christian doctrine of Jesus the Messiah being God’s Son is a convenient explanation for this contradiction in the original Hebrew texts of Judaism.
Does the New Testament actually teach that Jesus claimed to be God along with His father? The answer appears to be yes.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:1-14
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. – John 8:58 (an apparent allusion to Exodus 3:13-14)
Jesus answered them…I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. – John 10:25-33
In Christianity, God’s Son is how God relates to humanity. We cannot directly relate to God the Father because He is a consuming fire whose awesome power, glory, and holiness would undoubtedly destroy us if we were to be in His presence in our natural sinful state. But we can see God the Son, God in human form who voluntarily gives up His privilege and wrath and extends mercy.
No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the father, has made God known. – John 1:18 (NET)
Has anyone seen God or not? Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry. Retrieved from http://carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy/has-anyone-seen-god-or-not
Note on word “echad”: Hebrew Lexicon :: H258 (KJV). Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H258&t=KJV
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