What Actually Son Of God Means According To Bible!

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Many Christians claim that, as Jesus is called “son of God” in the New Testament, that this means that the people who wrote those scriptures believed that he was God.

The evidence against this is that people are called “son of God” in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), yet no-one, neither Jewish nor Christian, believes that they are God.

The term “Son of God” as used in the Bible has absolutely nothing to do with a person being God, or having any share in divinity. It is a metaphorical term meaning someone who is close to God.

we read in the Bible ⇩ ⇩

Adam
“the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”
[Luke 3:38]

Israel (Jacob)
“This is what the Lord says: Israel is my firstborn son.”
[Exodus 4:22]

David
” I will be his father, and he will be my son.”
[2 Samuel 7:13-4]

Ephraim [Jeremiah 31:9]

people as the children / son of God:
“You are the children of the Lord your God.”
[Deuteronomy 14:1]

“I said, ‘You are “gods’; you are all sons of the Most High.”
[Psalm 82:6] also [Matthew 5:9] [John 1:12] [Luke 6:35] [Matthew 5:44-5] [Matthew 4:48] [2 Corinthians 6:18] [Romans 8:14] [Hosea 1:10] [Deuteronomy 32:8] [Deuteronomy 14:1]

Therefore, if the early Christians also called Jesus as the “Son of God,” they would have meant it in a way consistent with the way the term is used in the Hebrew Bible.

He was called “son of God” as he was one of these pious men, the prophecy says he wil be CALLED not that he will be literally the son of God.

◄ Luke 1:32 ►
“He will be great and will be CALLED the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of HIS FATHER DAvid”

The early Christians were all Jews (by race), and familiar with Jewish scripture. and their idea about sonship was not more than metaphorical way to describe the new relation or covenant that was granted to the followers of prophet Jesus message, and how they become as the other so called “sons of God”, who were no more than pious people and pure in the sight of God.

Jewish Encyclopedia says:
“The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha contain a few passages in which the title “son of God” is given to the Messiah (see Enoch, cv. 2; IV Esdras vii. 28-29; xiii. 32, 37, 52; xiv. 9); but the title belongs also to any one whose piety has placed him in a filial relation to God (see Wisdom ii. 13, 16, 18; v. 5, where “the sons of God” are identical with “the saints”; comp. Ecclus. [Sirach] iv. 10). It is through such personal relations that the individual becomes conscious of God’s fatherhood, and gradually in Hellenistic and rabbinical literature “sonship to God” was ascribed first to every Israelite and then to every member of the human race (Abot iii. 15, v. 20; Ber. v. 1)” [http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/13912-son-of-god]

This Gentile misunderstanding of the Hebrew terms has perpetuated into Christianity today, and is probably also partly responsible for the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

These Gentile Christians did not have the knowledge of scripture which the Jewish Christians had, therefore they probably misinterpreted the term “Son of God” to mean Jesus was divine.

The Christian beliefs, as most Christians believe in them today, are not the beliefs of the earliest Christians, who were Jews and would have had a Jewish understanding of scripture.

وَقَالُوا اتَّخَذَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ وَلَدًا ۗ سُبْحَانَهُ ۚ بَلْ عِبَادٌ مُّكْرَمُونَ
And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken a son.” Exalted is He! Rather, they are [but] honored servants. [Quran 21:26]

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6 thoughts on “What Actually Son Of God Means According To Bible!

  1. It’s true some creatures are called sons of God and it might also be true that the traditional Christian idea about the meaning of the Son of God is incorrect. However, according to the New Testament, God has an Unique son. He is the Creator and it is an Unique Sonship.

    Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins.15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

    2 John 1:1 The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

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      • We can conclude Jesus Christ is an Unique Son.

        John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

        The tonnes of sons don’t have this relationship with God. Titles as such are generic. ʾilāh Means someone mighty yet you believe there is an Allah or the one true God.

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      • The Bible and the Quran has a similar story of compilation long after it was written. There are textual variations in the Quran also. If they are generally as insignificant ad the biblical are, I dont know. The only difference is that the Bible is compiled from written sources only, not verbal tradition. Who are these scholars anyway? University theologians?

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