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Refuting Jesus Divinity in Thomas’ My Lord, My God [ John 20:28 ]

Refuting Jesus Divinity in Thomas’ My Lord, My God  [ John 20:28 ]

John 20:28…And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (KJV)

This is one of the Most popular verse too used by Christians in attempting to convince us that Jesus was God.  The problem with the “cherry picking” of this verse just in order to make it appear that Jesus was deemed as God by Jesus’s disciples was very preposterous in the following senses;

It was quoted of context. The context shows that Thomas was not present on first appearance of Jesus after the so-called crucifixion! The other disciples were telling him(Thomas) thatJesus was ALIVE and did not died and resurrected! Thomas can not believe what the other disciples are telling him that Jesus survived the ordeal. He doubted! Thus, on second appearance of Jesus to them and this time in presence of him, Thomas due to his astonishment – that he is seeing and feeling an ALIVE physical body (i.e. not a SPIRITTUAL/resurrected body) and cant believe what he saw that Jesus was ALIVE, was inadvertently made to exclaim My Lord My God! { I thought you were dead…}. For all we know, ALL of the disciples were nowhere to be found when Jesus was put onto the cross. Thus, all what they heard about Jesus were ALL HEARSAY!!!! They just HEARD that Jesus was crucified! But they did not saw how Jesus was crucified!!! They were ALL NOT Winess to the Crucifixion! ALL Of them RAN and abandoned their master.

This is a mere exclamation remarks where everybody use it in their daily lives. I myself, sometimes when I heard someone telling me a great wonderful story, I too sometimes exclaim My Lord! But, did I addressed the person whom I am listening to as “My Lord”??? No! of course not! But Christians will pick anything just to sell their craps and turn the creation into a creator!

Thomas was NOT addressing Jesus as his Lord God. Christians says, No! Jesus never rebuked Thomas for saying My Lord My God! Well, the answer to this is; Jesus understood that it was not him whom Thomas proclaimed as his God! Jesus already asked Mary Magdalene earlier to tell ALL THE DISCIPLES.. go to all my brethren and tell them that I will be ascending to My Father and Your Father, My God and Your God! [John 20:17]

Jesus, never referred to himself as “God” in the absolute sense, so what precedent then did Thomas have for calling Jesus “my God”? I simply dont understand that. If the Disciples know for a fact that Jesus was the God Almighty, undoubtedly they will no longer fled and run for their life when Jesus was arrested!

From another angle, the Greek language involves was the word theos, (“God” or “god”) with a broader meaning than is customary today. In the Greek language and in the culture of the day, “GOD” (all early manuscripts of the Bible were written in all capital letters) was a descriptive title applied to a range of authorities, including the Roman governor (Acts 12:22), and even the Devil (2 Cor. 4:4). It was used of someone with divine authority. It was not limited to its absolute sense as a personal name for the supreme Deity as we use it today. But Christians took advantage of the opportunity in the Capitalization of words.

Given the language of the time, and given that Jesus did acted as the agent, representative of the Father and have divine authority, the expression used by Thomas is certainly understandable that is if we thread on the Christians position that Thomas was addressing Jesus.

On the other hand, to make Thomas say that Jesus was “God,” and thus 1/3 of a triune God, seems incredible.

In Concessions of Trinitarians, Michaelis, a Trinitarian, writes:

I do not affirm that Thomas passed all at once from the extreme of doubt to the highest degree of faith, and acknowledged Christ to be the true God. This appears to me too much for the then existing knowledge of the disciples; and we have no intimation that they recognized the divine nature of Christ before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I am therefore inclined to understand this expression, which broke out in the height of his astonishment, in a figurative sense, denoting only“whom I shall ever reverence in the highest degree”…Or a person raised from the dead might be regarded as a divinity; for the word God is not always used in the strict doctrinal sense”

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Also, remember that it was common at that time to call God’s representatives “God,” and the Old Testament contains quite a few examples. When Jacob wrestled with “God,” it is clear that he was actually wrestling with an angel (Hosea 12:4—For more on that,see Genesis 16:7-13).

Furthermore,  if the disciples believed that Jesus was“God” in the sense that many Christians do, they would not have “all fled” just a few days before when he was arrested. Right?

The confession of the two disciples walking along the road to Emmaus demonstrated the thoughts of Jesus’ followers at the time. Speaking to the heavily disguised Jesus, whom they mistook as just a traveler, they talked about Jesus. Funny!  They said Jesus “was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God…and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:19-21). The Bible is clear that these disciples thought Jesus was a “prophet.” Even though some of the apostles realized that Jesus was the Christ, they knew that according to the Old Testament prophecies, the Christ, the anointed of God, was to be a man.There is no evidence from the gospel accounts that Jesus’ disciples believed him to be God, and Thomas, upon seeing the ALIVE JESUS, was not birthing a new theology in a moment of surprise.

The context of the verse shows that its subject is the fact that Jesus was PHYSICALLY ALIVE.Only three verses earlier, Thomas had ignored the eyewitness testimony of the other apostles when they told him they had seen the Lord. is ALIVE. The APPEARANCES of Christ was such a disputed doctrine that Thomas did not believe it (the other apostles had not either), and thus Jesus’ death would have caused Thomas to doubt that Jesus was who he said he was—the Messiah. Thomas HEARD Jesus was dead. Thus, he was shocked and astonished when he saw—and was confronted by—Jesus Himself. Thomas, upon being confronted by the ALIVE Jesus.

Given the standard use of “God” in the culture as one with God’s authority, it certainly makes sense that Thomas would proclaim, “My Lord and my God.” There is no mention of the Trinity in the context, and there is no reason to believe that the disciples would have even been aware of such a doctrine. Thomas spoke what he would have known: that the man Jesus who he thought was dead was alive and had divine authority.

 

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