Y U NO love thy neighbour,
I still don't know from your posts whether you consider the reported words of Jesus in the Bible more important or more inspired than the rest of the Bible? What do you think about that?
I still haven't seen any response to:We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
1 Jn 5:20
or No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Note it is the part in bold that is relevant to the question of Jesus' deity.
You are right that there are incidence in the OT where people did see God and live: Moses and the elders in Ex 24:Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. 11But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.
In Jn 1:18 the evangelist means seeing God in all his glory. In fact this is a reason Jesus came to earth - so that men could see God and God could reveal Himself to men:Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
So paraphrasing, how can you say
provide one verse where Jesus said he was God.
Not where his disciples thought he was God himself, where Jesus actually said he was God.
Just one verse where Jesus said "I am God almighty"
when in fact you can simply check this out with a Bible search tool such as Biblehub.
The fact that Jesus is not recorded as saying the exact words you prescribe doesn't prove he isn't God does it?
We only have a small selection of what Jesus said so we can't say that Jesus never said "I am God" in those exact words - only that they are not recorded in the New Testament. What kind of a God do you want? A swaggering braggart like Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay who kept on shouting "I am the greatest" (though he was a great boxer of course) or a humble God who washed his disciples' feet? Who would you rather spend eternity with? Do we have recorded that Buddha ever said "I am Buddha" or Muhammad said "I am Muhammad" in the Koran?
Are you saying that "He is the true God and eternal life
" doesn't count because these aren't the reported words of Jesus though they are in the inspired NT (inspired by God that is).
The word became flesh, that can simply mean the word of God became flesh in the body of Jesus.
and it goes on to say that the son, came from the father, not that he is the father.
This is incorrect since the verse reads: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
not the word became flesh and dwelt in Jesus