I HAVE BEEN reading your magazine for quite some
time through the tireless efforts of my - friend who gives me any
issue that she can. I'm in search of the true religion and ever
since my first visit to one of your locales, I have begun to
seriously research on your doctrines because I find them very
different from the other religions I have come across in the past.
Your faith enlightens me in a way that I have not felt before.
I would like to know how Christ can be man when Matthew 1:18-24
states that the Lord Jesus was created by God through the Holy
Lestat de Lioncourt Bite@metallicafan.com
We are glad to hear from you and to learn that our magazine has been
of help to you. Regarding your question, let us begin with the
declaration of Christ regarding His state of being:
“But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who
was told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do
this.” (Jn. 8:40, New King James Version)
Christ said that He is a man. This is
equivalent to saying that He is not God because God is not man and
man is not God (Hos. 11:9; Ezek. 28:2). The apostles also testified
that Jesus Christ is man (Acts ; I Tim. 2:5).
What might have confused you is the
truth that Christ’s conception is unlike that of an ordinary human
being. An ordinary human being is created by God through the sexual
union of husband and wife with the collaboration of God who forms a
child in the womb of his mother:
“This is what the Lord says-your
Redeemer, who formed you in the womb …” (Is. 44:24, New
Through Christ was formed in Mary’s
womb, His conception, however, was not through the natural process
of procreation, which is through the sexual union of husband and
wife, but through the Holy Spirit:
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ
came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but
before they came together, she was found to be with child through
the Holy Spirit.” (Mt. , Ibid.)
What was conceived in Mary’s womb was a
child and not God, for God is neither man nor the son of man (Num. ). Moreover, had Mary conceived
God, then there would be two Gods-one who created another and one
who was created by another. This is absurd.
The fact that Christ was conceived or
was created proves that He is not God since nobody created God. He
is the Creator of the universe and everything in it including man
(Mal. ; I Cor. 8:6).
The fact that Christ was conceived in a
manner different from that of ordinary human beings does not prove
that He is God. Adam and Eve were also created by God in unique
ways. Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7) while
Eve was created out of Adam’s rib (Gen. 2:21-23). But we know that
Adam and Eve are not gods even though they differ from ordinary
human beings in regard to the manner by which God created them.
Thus, though Christ was created through the power of the Holy
Spirit, He still is man and not God.
Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free
to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or
an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question
you have in mind.