A Complete Analysis of the Relationship between Christ and Disciples:
Disciples of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and their followers never Worshipped Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) as God!
In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Beneficent
This article refutes false Christian claim that, Jesus Christ was worshiped as God. Christians take some verses out of context to establish the doctrine of Divinity of Son and to worship Jesus as god!
The Bible says: The Shepherds (Gentiles/Pagans) worshipped Jesus in the manger;”They worshipped Jesus in the boat”,they worshipped him in the house and in the hill side.
The Verses that Christians quote to Prove Disciples and People Worshipped Jesus and he did not stop their Worship:
The true Meaning of Worship in this verses denote ,revered him, paid homage to him, respected him. This verses do not mean, they Worshipped Jesus as “God”. But Christians distort the meaning of this verses to establish Jesus was worshipped “as God”!!!So we have brought up here, all the verses that speaks about worship of Jesus Christ, so make it clear in that context they worshipped him!.
Let’s overcome our 21st century heedless and arrogant mentality in order to seek the truth
The Magi Worshipped Infant Jesus:
Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Comments: In this verse we can see that , Herod sending this Magi to find out the truth about the baby who was born. The vision of Magi was that: “the King of Jews” has born, the shepherd of Israel. They went to inquire about his birth, and found the child in the Manger. They adored infant Jesus as a reverence to the chosen Prophet (Shepherd) and King of Israel. They did not worship him as “God”. Neither Mother Mary nor Joseph worshipped Jesus as God. But they worshipped (Adored) him as a holy child as a spiritual king of Israel (read Luke 1:33) . Like every mother hold the feet of babies and adore the baby. Especially in those days, think with mindset of 2000 year old pious and knowledgeable majestic people. They don’t commit foolishness as the 21st century people do!.
Then they left through different routes to their homeland. If Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) had come for whole world, they would have proclaimed his arrival in the their homeland and as the Magi were revered people, they would have brought their followers to worship Jesus or to accept Jesus as their disciples. But there is no such efforts came from those Magi. This is sufficient proof that, Jesus Christ is only King and Prophet (Shepherd) of Israel.
In short, Magi asked: Where is the king of Israel?, they revered him as a King. They did not ask where is the God of Israel and did not worship him as God of Israel!
The Disciples Worshipped Jesus:
Matthew 28:9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshipped him.
It is a practice among religious civilisations to clasp the feet of holy ones and elders and adore them by kissing or just by touching. This is what the disciples did. So Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) or other Prophets did not reject or prohibit their followers to do this act of reverence. But We don’t understand who is fooling Christians to adopt this references to establish the practice of worshipping Jesus as God!
The Disciples Again Worshipped Jesus:
Matthew 28: 16-17 Meanwhile, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain Jesus had designated.When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.
Comments: If Someone worshipped Jesus as God, then we should have reports explaining how the worship was , if it is to worship God, there is a method of worship. But no such method of worshipping Jesus is mentioned in the entire Gospel. This is only a paying “homage” and reverence to their teacher (Rabbi) and there is nothing like an hour worship session or certain prayers chanted before Jesus Christ , in this so called worships, which is originally meant “paid respect”.
In the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, they still worship (pay respect ) the Pope/Bishop. This is not at all worshiping as worshiping God. Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and disciples prayed to God together and in private. Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) and disciples were keeping the Laws of Torah and teachings of Gospel, so it is a sheer stupidity to claim that disciples worshiped Jesus!
People in the Boat Worshipped Jesus:
Matthew 14:33 Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Comments: In this verses , it is said those who are worshipped him by saying “you are the son of God”. According to the Bible all who lead by the Holy Spirit are sons of God. See Genesis 6:2 and Psalm 82:6
See Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (King James Bible,NASB & ESV)
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (King James Bible)
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (King James Bible)
Christians misquote John 8:23 to say Jesus is God , because he said: “I am not of this world”. But 1 john 3:1 prove the correct meaning of the verse, which is everyone who are true believers are not of this world!
John 8:23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I
am not of this world.
Christians misquote John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
and claim Jesus is God, but according to Philippians 2:15 even the gentile Christians are the light of this world!
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (King james Bible)
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (King james. ESV,NASB)
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. (King James Bible, ESV, NASB)
Genesis 6:2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
Christians say that angels married daughters of humans, quoting the verses from Genesis 6:2. Angels do not marry, nor they conceive. This is chosen servants of God marrying women from the nations and tribes. Also, there is no account in the Bible that any Angel married to daughter of human. If someone like that happened it could have been a major incident to be found in the scriptures. This is a corruption in Judeo-Christian belief that Angels will marry and conceive children.
Son of God only mean “Chosen servant of God”, whom God has chosen with certain designated works, and they cannot live according to human traditions. Their life is totally bound by God’s Purpose designated on them. Angels ,Prophets and those holy ones who are lead by Spirit of God called sons of God.
Adam and Ewe did not have father or mother, this does not make them Gods and Goddess!. Angels do not have father or mother, so we need to wake up now!. Bacterias Virus, Fungus etc does not have father or mother!.
If God can be worshipped as “Jesus”, then why don’t you worship the Bible, which you say God’s Word in paper, like God’s Word in Flesh?, We are showing you parables to make you understand the sheer stupidity of worshipping God in flesh (in Christ)!
We are bringing parables to expose your false faith, why you do not worship Bible in the Church?,It is more visible god than worshipping an invisible Jesus!. Because you believe Bible is the word of God in the Book as you believe Jesus is the word of God in flesh, and Word is God according to your theology and Word rested in the Book like Word rested in the flesh ?. This your logic of worshipping Jesus!
John 9:38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him.
Comments: Upon witnessing the miracles Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) performed, the Man believed him and accepted him as Messiah and Apostle of God. The man did not worship him as God. But revered him as a Holy one came from God to do the Will of God.See John 9:33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” The Man was believing that Jesus Christ is from God, not Jesus Christ is god!. And there was no references for disciples doing ritual worship of Jesus Christ!
A Woman Worshipped Jesus:
Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. (King James Bible)
Matthew 15:25 But she came and worshipped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!” (NLT)
Comments: The worship of woman here was a pleading to cure her daugher. God Almighty must be worshiped by everyone in the whole world (see Zechariah 14:9). Here, Jesus rejected her worship and said: John 15:26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
Jesus did not say, you are welcome, you are better than the Pharisees, you see me as God and you worshiped me. And I am pleased with you. But he rejected her worship (pleading) and said the above word, that he came for only the tribes of Israel and he highly disliked to help her , because God Almighty did not assigned him to other tribes and nations.
But later, Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) agreed to help her, we are sure that he did not help her in his own Will, but on that difficult occasion, God must have revealed to Christ that because of her sincerity , he may go and help her. Because it was the prayer of the weak and destitute.
So if Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) to be worshipped as god, then Jesus would not have told her those words and reject her request!
A Man with leprosy Worshiped Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him):
Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Matthew 8:3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Comments: Again there is no ritual worship or prayer to Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), In ritual worship to God, we pray, the word “prayer” is used. But nobody pray to a prophet or a high priest,or to a human, it is pleading for help with reverence and humbleness. The man’s reverence is called as “worship” in the New Testament
A Synagogue Official (Ruler) Worshiped Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him)
Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. (King james Bible)
Matthew 9:18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” (NIV)
Comments: In the rest of the verses we can see that blind people and people with difficulties came to him asking for help as they believed in him and understood him as a “prophet/apostle/high priest of God. This is why there were no daily/regular worship of Christ mentioned in the four Gospel, after Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) no disciples or followers of disciples took him as a deity for regular worship!. Whenever the disciples saw Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) they paid him homage and reverence as “Prophet and high priest” that is why he did not prohibit doing it. He did not do this for fame or make others to worship him, rather he said: “Do not tell anyone”, he was using his power which God gave him, to help while he was among them, so that people’s heart will be softened by the mercy of God, who are seen as low class people by the celebrity scholars and leaders!
Enemies of Christ Worshiped him:
In the so called Crucifixion story (originally Judas whom God turned to appear like Jesus was taken and crucified), the soldier worshipped Jesus in mockery!
Mark 15:18-19 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
Comments: There is another true story to explain about this crucifixion attributed about Christ, we will expose (By the Will of God) about it in another article). This verse clearly telling is a story, that they were worshipping him as “king of Jews” not as “God”.. So they mocked him according to his highest claim!. Jesus did not claim anything higher than this, if he had claimed to be “God” and was worshipped as God, then that would have been highest crime to be used against him while flogging him (i.e Judas Iscariot) believing that he is Jesus Christ, who claimed to be King of Jews. This is what the oracle Magi had when they came to Jerusalem to find out the King of Israel who is born!.
We can clearly see that the worship of Jesus was as not God, but as “high priest, Apostle and King of Israel”, this is clearly an act of reverence which is prevalent among all religious communities across the world.
Disciples Worshipped Christ (Peace be upon him) before his ascension:
Luke 24:51-52-53 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Comments: They worshipped Christ (Peace be upon him) upon his ascension. Because it was the last time they have an opportunity to pay homage to him during his farewell, during his departure to heavens. It is indeed an act of revering the holy teacher, holy Apostle of God and High Priest (Imam) of the children of Israel.
We never see any account that this disciples worshipped Jesus after his departure, nor they commanded people to worship Jesus in Churches. In the entire account of New Testament there is no record of “Worshipping Jesus”.
John 20:28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Comments: Thomas at that point had a spiritual experience. This is very clear from the whole context! While Philip did not receive vision of God!
John 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:30-31 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
End of this narrations, the author of this Gospel did not say, Jesus is God!, but the Christians bring up a strange meaning from the false spirits that “Jesus” is god!
This is why Philip asked to show the father, and if had submitted to Christ , he would have received the power to see God through spiritual experience.. In the same chapter, Christ condemning philip for not taking efforts to follow him perfectly!.
This whole context prove that the disciples did not consider Jesus as God, but as a teacher (instructor) who guide to the truth.
As Stated in John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
If Thomas have always seen Jesus Christ as God, then he would not have said this word to Christ:
John 14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
But Christ instead of answering them a Journey in the world, replying to Thomas about a spiritual Journey that he takes his disciples which is to God.
Unfortunately Christians only know how to read the Bible in their mother tongue and known languages, but they are not understanding the correct meaning of each Parables and contexts according to the whole scripture.
The disciples never worshipped Jesus as God on a regular basis, as the Christians do in Churches,Because their worship was paying homage to their Teacher, Prophet and High Priest! Not Worship as God!
As we have quoted and explained all or most of the verses about worship of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, you have realized that he was worshiped (revered) as “Apostle of God” as a “Chosen servant of God”.
This verses make it clear to you:
Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
Muslims sees Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) just as described in this verse. So who is deviated then? Wake up and accept the truth.
Jesus Christ is sent by Only true God as an Apostle:
John 17:3 Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.
Hebrews 5:10 and was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 where Jesus our forerunner has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”.
The glory of Christ is that he became a high priest, to become high priest is the meaning of becoming Son, and this did not happen eternally, but happened on a particular day and time after he suffered many tests and trials and was successful in it.
So it is baseless to say, Jesus is God or Jesus become a God, rather it is Wise to say Jesus Christ became a high priest of God.
Also, there is not a single evidence in the epistles of the Bible that they worshiped Jesus Christ anywhere in their Churches!
According to the Bible Jesus is Holy (Chosen) Servant:
Acts 4:30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.
Acts 4:27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) became a servant of Jews, not God of Jews!
Romans 15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed.
This article alone is enough for anyone to understand and accept the truth. As long as ego and Satan resist in the heart of the people, the truth will not enter in their hearts. So by this article, God Will Guide whoever He Wills.
King Nebuchadnezzar Worshiped Prophet Daniel:
Daniel 2:46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. (King james Bible)
Prophet Moses Worshipped Prophet Jethro (Peace be upon them):
Exodus 18:7 So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. He bowed low and kissed him. They asked about each other’s welfare and then went into Moses’ tent.
Jacob Bowed down to Esau (Peace be upon them):
Genesis 33:3 Then he (Jacob) went out to meet Esau, passing in front of all of them, and bowed low to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
WHAT CHRISTIAN CAN DO NOW?:
This article is a challenge from Truth, you may try to refute if you can. But you cannot. After reading this you know very well, who has held my hand and where I have placed my hand!. It is beyond your reach. You have three options.
One- Read the rest of the article and accept truth and Submit to the true God and true Religion.
Two- Reject the truth and continue with what you are doing while knowing it is false and it ruins your Soul!
Three:- It is your other choices that you may find in your confusion and disorder!
We pray that May Allah Guide all Christians to the truth this articles are in very strong language, because it is addressing to Christian apologetics who are guilty of attacking Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him). We pray for all Mankind, we wish for all mankind what we wish for ourself, that is “Love,Peace, Harmony Forgiveness and Salvation.
I hold no hatred against Christians or Christianity, but we are restoring true religion of Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him). I am committed to help and support all Christians and people of other faith, when they need it. And we do not put condition before our charitable work that people should convert to our religion to give them aid!
We are well wishers of humanity and all that is Created by God and as God Commanded to take care of His Trust that he bestowed upon mankind!
Our enemies are enemies of God and truth and they will not last longer, God’s Wrath will cause them to perish!
No Disciples of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) instructed Churches to worship Christ!
And we see that in the three years ministry of Christ, there is no regular worship of Jesus , it was only about paying respect ,prostration of respect. Not prostration of ritual worship!, as we read in the Old Testament!.
In the 30-50 years ministry of the disciples , there is no historical record of the worship of Jesus as God nor there is a teaching to worship Jesus in Churches as Deity!
If Pastors can challenge me on this views, then I am ready to take up an open debate with them!
ACTS 13:1-2 WAS DISCIPLES WORSHIPPING CHRIST ?:
When I asked a senior evangelical pastor to show me one verse where it says that disciples worshipped Jesus as God?, he quoted me this verse in Acts 13:1-2
Below are the various Translations of the verse in Question:
New International Version
While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
New Living Translation
One day as these men were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”
English Standard Version
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”New American Standard Bible
While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”King James Bible
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work where unto I have called them.Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as they were fasting and beseeching God, The Spirit of Holiness said to them, “Separate to me Shaul and Barnaba for the work to which I have called them.”
I am surprised to see that, Christians use this verse to say, they were worshipping Jesus . On the contrary we can clearly see that they were worshipping God the Father, God of Abraham.
As the doctrine of Trinity suggest, Father is not son, nor Son is the Father.
Also see: Matthew 23:9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
One Father (Only God) who never Die (See 1 Timothy 1:17)
1 Timothy 1:17 NLT All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. [New Living Translation]
If Jesus was equal to God and if God was Tri-Union, then God does not need to promise , the Kingdom of David to His servant Jesus.
The God Who is the Creator of All , and if Jesus was that God as in Trinity, and he is fully God after his resurrection and second coming, then why should God the Father promise him to have a small Kingdom (Kingdom of David) that ruled only on earth, not in the entire universe?
It is easy to get confused when one does not study spiritual sciences (Tasawwuf/Sufism) and see parables in the scriptures)
Acts 13:34 God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’
I think many people can’t even understand this simple truth. let me give you an example.
If I am the owner of the entire earth, how does it look like someone else come and say, “I will give you eastern portion of China?”
Or if me three people share a dining table equally and everyday, then why should one of them say to another, (in future) I will let you to use this table?, when all of them are equal residents of that house and have equal right to their dining table everyday?
If Jesus is God and share equal inheritance of God’s Kingdom with God the Father, then it is irrelevant to give or take something at certain period of time. This is against the principle: “God is unchangeable in his Holiness wisdom and Sovereignty”
Jesus commanded to Worship the Father and said true worshippers worship the Father, such are the worshippers the Father Seeks (See John 4:23-24), so we can understand that, disciples never worshipped Jesus as deity, but revered him as a Holy Prophet and Messiah , as Daniel was worshipped (see Daniel 2:46)
As a matter of fact 30 years of ministry of the disciples and 3 years of the ministry of Christ, they did not worship him as God, but showed act of reverence to Christ (by bowing down and kissing feet), when he was among them. This type of reverences are found in all religions and traditional denominations.
Such reverence (Bible call it worship) is only performed as a greeting during the arrival and departure of Christ or other Prophet, or when the visitor arrive and depart from the house of Christ or other Prophets. Such greetings or act of honouring is still in practice in Major Churches, traditional religious communities and in some head of the states protocol .
If the verses in Acts 13:1-2 was meant to worship Christ, and if God was Tri-Union. Naturally and Psychologically, people will tend to worship the deity of tri-union who is more close to them, that is Jesus according to Christian belief. Then how come in three years 150 weeks ministry only 4 times disciples worship Jesus? if worship meant to worship Jesus as god?, 146 weeks what they were doing? Ceased worshipping God?
or in their 30-40 years ministry, they were preaching and converting many people, and not even a single evidence they worshipping Christ.
So as I mentioned, the human nature to worship a God/Deity that is close to them, and If Acts 13:1-2 was really about worshipping Christ, then when the new followers in Cyprus worshipped idols of Barnabas and Paul (As Zeus and Hermes see Acts 14:10-15) then they would have shouted saying to them to Worship Jesus, to make easily to comprehend to those who easily mislead to worship Paul and Barnabas. They did not say simply and clearly to worship Jesus, but they made it clear by definition who is the real God and , so they said:
See Acts 14:15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.
So who is this God, Paul and Barnabas referring to?
To God the Father, God the Father-Elohim Created Heavens and Earth. As the doctrine of Trinity suggest, Jesus is not the Father. See Genesis!
As Paul, writes in 1 Timothy 1:17 and 6:16, Only God is God the Father.
THEY WORSHIPPED GOD OF THEIR ANCESTORS: (ELOHI)
Acts 24:14 However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets,
There is no evidence that, Jesus,disciples Jews or Israelite worshipped Jesus, they were commanded to worship God of Israel-God the Father, not holy spirit or Christ!
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
So we can see that there was no thoughts in disciples that suggest they saw Jesus as God, Because if three persons share equal glory and power and have same title (as God here) , then people will turn to the person (of deity) who is more close to them)
1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
Even John, who had all that vision, understood that God cannot be seen, men like Thomas,who saw God’s Spirit dwells in His Servant Jesus (as you read in Isaiah 42:1)
Also Acts 4:27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
John 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
So it is clear that disciples did not see Jesus as God.
Acts 4:29-30 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.
So it is clear that the word “Lord” here when mentioned in worship and prayer is not Christ, but God the Father the Only God.
If Having “Spirit of God” in Christ make Christ deity, then most of the disciples and their followers must be considered as deity.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Godlives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
James 4:5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?
Joel 2:28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
Joel 2:29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Acts 3:26 When God raised up his servant, Jesus, he sent him first to you people of Israel, to bless you by turning each of you back from your sinful ways.”
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.
Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him) is always known as servant of God, whom God Glorified, in Whom God’s Spirit dwells. When God Created Man, He made man in His Image, and Quran says: God commanded Angels to prostrated before Adam (Peace be upon him). This is not considered as deity worship, in Christianity Jesus is known as second Adam. And says Jesus is like Adam in the Presence of Allah.
As Adam and Jesus both were created God by His Word in His Image.
And God sent Prophets, so that rest of us can return to our Originality as the “Image of God” as Adam and Jesus is, to become Rabbani (Quran 3:79).
And becoming like Adam and Jesus (Image of God/Rabbani) is the Only Assurance for Salvation. Not anything else.
As we read: 1 John 4:17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement: In this world we are like Jesus.
This is the same principles of Islam, and Islamic Spirituality. To return to original creed and purity.
Unfortunately, people are deprived to understand this truth and simple message, which is the teachings of all Prophets, who brought different covenants and ways to achieve this goal, purpose of human life in this world.
And I hope we must try to interpret scriptures in the whole context and to see all aspects, not just the literature and interpret it as we like, and not to take and pull out single verses and straight to say, Jesus is god or disciples worshipped him as God. But to see the big picture, and live events of the past of Christ and of the disciples.
PROMINENT FIGURES WHO DID NOT WORSHIP CHRIST AS GOD IN FLESH:
In the Name of Allah Most Merciful Most Beneficent
Christians believe that CHRIST is God who came to this world in flesh to die on a cross of pagans to atone for the sins of the humanity to redeem them from the curses of disobedience written in the Jewish Torah!
The problem with this doctrine is:
Torah never mentions or commands a human/God to die for the sins of the world.
The atonement for sins done under the Law is mentioned with in Torah. There is no human sacrifice in it.
CHRIST did not say he is God or came in flesh to atone for the sins of the world or to redeem from the curses of disobedience in the Law of Torah.
No worship of Jesus as God In the entire New Testament books :
Only places where it mentioned ‘worshipped Jesus’ actually by it’s context means that they revered him to greet him as a holy person during visit and departure or during a journey.
The disciples did not worship him as God either in his time on earth or after his ascension!
Prophet Moses and Prophet Elijah (Peace be upon them) did not worship CHRIST as God.
Matthew 13:7 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.
Christians claim Joshua 5:14 the commander was CHRIST.
Joshua 5:14 NIV “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
Joshua (Peace be upon him) showed reverence to the commander of God’s army.
If that claims were true,then we would have seen Prophet Moses and Elijah (Peace be upon them) worshiping CHRIST, when they are coming down to a CHRIST (Peace be upon him)!
But there is no worship of CHRIST.
We don’t find this two prophets and disciples doing ritual worship to Christ at that time.
Rather they were preparing to put beds for the three prophets to rest.
The verses Trinitarians quoted from the Bible to claim CHRIST as God in flesh is an intellectual error and lack of understanding of the cultural traditions found in the communities who revere elders, priests and prophets during their arrivals and departure.
There were no consistency and ritual worshio, no congregational worship given to CHRIST or other prophets.
But it were all, a one off reverence at the moment of their arrival or at the time of their departure.
In fact Bible calls revering prophets with greetings as ‘worship’. If we take this as proofs to claim Jesus is God and people worshipped him as God, then there are 100s of gods in the Bible.
May Light and Truth Shine upon us all.
With prayers and best wishes