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The Difference Between God and Jesus Christ


To understand the difference between any two things or people or places, one would have to have a very detailed, experiential and clear knowledge of each. When it comes to things or people or places that we can feel and touch and physically experienced with our five senses it is not a difficult task.

However, when discussing the Supreme Creator and the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Supreme Creator or God, it is a very difficult thing to conclusively come to terms with. There are basically only three major religions in the world that would be considered monotheistic and they are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The rest of the world religions are pantheistic or mystic.

So we can limit the discussion here to the three monotheistic religions. Of those three, two of them recognize Jesus who is called the Christ of Nazareth who lived over 2000 years ago in and around Jerusalem as a prophet. Only Christianity recognizes Jesus Christ as God in human form. Trying to now compare God to Jesus Christ does present some problems.

First of all, understanding God outside of the 66 Books of the Bible would not be acceptable to the Christian Faith. One could conclude that God is a “Thinking Structure” as was written about in many different writings. One could describe God as the “common cognizant thought” that all human beings have in common as they are in essence all composed of “cognizant thought”. It could be just the “abundance of love” that is part of this world. It could be the understanding that our thoughts create reality and that God is in all of our thoughts.

Whatever your understanding of God is, it may be only partially correct at best, even if you decide that the Bible is the final arbitrator in describing God, even one’s understanding of God from the Bible is extremely limited.  This would be true even of Bible Scholars who spent their lives studying the scriptures. So let’s now look at Jesus Christ.

It seems obvious from history, both in the historical texts of the scriptures and extra-biblical texts that Jesus Christ existed. His life did accompany many miraculous events that seemed to have been foretold in the Old Testament. He did have many recorded events about his life that are not easily explained. It all started with the events around his birth. It included the numerous miracles recorded in the four Gospels. It culminated in his crucifixion, death and reported resurrection that to this day has not been sufficiently refuted. Simply producing his dead body would have been sufficient but no one was able to do so.

As a result, the life of Jesus Christ has changed the course of history and forced many followers to conclude that Jesus Christ was God in human form. It is from this that the Trinitarian view of God arose from implication. The term Triune God or Trinity when referring to God is not actually found in scripture. In fact, Jesus Christ himself did not claim to be God. The closest he came to saying that is that he was the Son of God, the Son of Man and that he and his Father are one!

However, it can be confirmed that scripture states that believers are also considered Sons of God and one with the Father. Is this different than what Jesus meant about himself? One can look at the book of John chapter 17 where Jesus prays that we are all one with the Father.

God is described from subsequent Christian teaching as One God represented in three Persons known as God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. It is from this understanding that Christians believe in One God, represented in three divine persons.

So how is the man Jesus Christ different from God. First of all, Jesus Christ is human. He lived as a human and died as a human. This is not something that God is believed to have ever done before. Jesus Christ arose from the dead in human form. So if Jesus Christ is God, how is he different?

As he ascended to heaven, it was reported in the Book of Acts, he ascended in human form. This means that Jesus Christ has limited himself to time/space continuum. It has to be! The fact that he was apparently able to go through physical walls and ascend into heaven and even walk on water may be an indication that as God, he understood and used the laws of Quantum Physics in such a way that we may discover over time.

The alternative is that Jesus Christ is simply human that had an understanding of how the physical world really works in view of Quantum Physics. There is no indication that Jesus Christ displayed infinite knowledge as God, neither did he display omnipresence as God.

So what is the main difference between Jesus Christ and God?  We would have to say the limitations that he had as a human on this earth that God would not have been limited to. These are all within the time/space continuum that we as humans still do not fully understand.

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  1. Interesting stuff; compare & contrast.

  2. Sorry but Jesus did not resurrect in human form as you are conveying here. He resurrected in a spiritual body as an example to us of what our future resurrection will be, and our form in eternity will be like. Jesus had the capability to appear in the physical after His resurrection. Him eating with the disciples and allowing Thomas to literally touch the crucifixion nail holes is proof of His ability to appear in the physical. But, He also was able to move thru walls and appear out of nowhere. This is a characteristic of what one who is in a spiritual body can do also. Our future eternal life will be in a spiritual body as described in scripture and set by example by Jesus Himself.

    • Christ is risen

    • Agreed Bradford. Realizing He was “God”, Jesus could enjoy both a ‘physical’ body and a far more Subtle body… and can give direct proof of this to those who are spiritually mature enough to receive this information. …. directly from Within.

      He did not have to SAY He was “God” …because He was “God”. He Revealed His Infinite State as only “God” can.

      THAT One, all inclusive, Divine formless
      Consciousness can take on ANY Form THAT One, “God” , so chooses.

      The mind of Man can not fully comprehend “God”.

  3. I am afraid that you have quoted the scriptures regarding the fatherhood of God out of context. True, John 1:12 gives the right to become the children of God to all those who received Jesus. But Son of God cannot be equated with children of God, except by doing violence to the ordinary meaning of these words: ‘son’ and ‘children’. When Jesus was baptized by John, His uniqueness as Son was affirmed by God the Father . See Matthew 3:17.

    It is absurd to state that the Doctrine of Trinity is a subsequent teaching , thereby implying that it is not in the Bible. This is similar to claim that the Constitution of America doesn’t have the concept of Rule of Law and that it is a subsequent invention of the American Courts.

  4. Jesus did claim to be God he said before Abraham was, I am. The disciples called him Lord. Psalms: The LORD said to my Lord sit at my right. Eloheem herfers to plural in Gen. Let us make man in our image. We are in the image of God, we are also triune. One person body soul and spirit. John who was for told of preparing the way for the lord in the desert.

  5. 1 Timothy 3:16 And with on controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, Justin’s in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.This scripture proves that Jesus was God. Amen

  6. 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. This scripture proves that Jesus was God. Amen

  7. I have been told that every person is a liar. Everything was written over the last couple thousand years.
    How much of this is the truth?
    What proof do you have?
    besides what has been written by man
    that this is the word of God?

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