Why would Iglesia ni Cristo dismiss the Christ-is-God doctrine as unbiblical and instead teach that Christ is a man. Does it not contradict the biblical fact that Jesus was not conceived in a natural human way, but through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20).   If Christ was spiritually conceived, why teach  that He is purely human or without spirit?
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Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, January 2008, p.4

HONESTLY,  I'M SURPRISED  to find out that Iglesia ni Cristo dismisses the Christ-is-God doctrine as being (allegedly) unbiblical.   So instead, it teaches that Christ is a man, and even "purely human" tor that matter.    But does it not blatantly run contrary to the biblical fact that Jesus was not conceived in a natural, human way (referring to sexual union between a husband   and wife)?   If Christ was spiritually conceived (Matthew 1:20), why teach  that He is purely human or without spirit?

David Williams
Auckland, New Zealand 

Editor's reply:

If we accept the belief that Christ is not man because He was conceived differently from how an ordinary is being conceived, then we would have to accept that Adam and Eve are also not human beings, for they came to be not through procreation or sexual reproduction.

The first man, Adam, was created out of dust (Gen. 2:7);   the first woman,  Eve, from the rib of the first man (Gen. 2:21-23).

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Gen. 2:7, NKJV)

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.   Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.    And Adam said:  “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh;  She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”  (Gen. 2:21-23, NKJV)

 When we say that Christ is "purely  human", we do not in any way mean that He is "without   spirit".   Man according to Apostle Paul,  is composed of "spirit, soul and  body"   (I Thess. 5:23).

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (i Thess. 5:23, NKJV)

By the phrase "purely man",   we mean that Jesus Christ does not have dual nature—that of a man and that of God.   The Bible clearly teaches that man is not God (Ezek. 28:2) and God is man (Hos. 11:9).  Christ declared that He is  a man (John 8:40), therefore, He is not God.

“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:         “ Because your heart is lifted up,  And you say, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,’ Yet you are a man, and not a god, Though you set your heart as the heart of a god. (Esek. 28:2, NKJV)

I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror. (Hosea 11:9, NKJV)

But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. (John 8:40, NKJV)

Thus, although our Lord Jesus Christ was born of extraordinary circumstances, the truth      remains that He was conceived and created,   thus,  He is not  God but  man. 


The following verses proves that Jesus died as a man and therefore He is not God.

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father! In your hands I place my spirit!" He said this and died. (Luke 23:46, TEV)

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!'' And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30, NKJV)

Then the dust will return to the earth as it was,       And the spirit will return to God who gave it. (Eccle. 12:7, NKJV)

The fact that when Jesus died He placed and gave up His spirit to God the Father is proof enough that He died as a man, because when a man dies his spirit will return to God who gave it. Thus, the very fact that Jesus died as a man is undeniable proof that He is not God, because God is immortal (I TRim. 1:17).


Note: Verses and addendum and emphasis ours.

Bible Study 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.

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