It’s quite interesting to see what people are posting on social media and when it comes to writing about religion or politics, all sorts of things get tossed out there without any foundational backing. Here’s the crux of this post and why I think education is necessary before letting your mouth or fingers deceive others about Things Jesus Never Said.
#ThingsJesusNeverSaid “I am God.”
Again, this is completely wrong. It’s probably not in the English Bible, however, if you look at the original text (the language that it was written in – Greek – you will find the correct answer)
In fact, Jesus said he is God 7 times just in the book of John.
- “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35,48,51).
- “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
- “I am the door of the sheep”(John 10:7,9).
- “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11,14).
- “I am the resurrection, and the life” (John 11:25).
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
- “I am the true vine” (John 15:1,5).
You might be saying, where does it say, “I’m God” in those verses. Well this proves my point about the English Bible not being spot on in the translation from the original Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic
The words “I am” is translated to “to be” in its basic form of Greek. The Greek word used when Jesus says “I am…” is “ego eimi”. In the present tense, “eimi” can be time inclusive, but when used with “ego” it has a timeless implication. For instance, eimi (1510) is used in Jesus’ great “I am” as stated above in John.
So, just in case you didn’t know…
Summing up Ego Eimi (I AM…)
The word phrase “ego me” is the same phrase used in Exodus when Moses asked YHWH who should I say sent me? YHWH responds with “Tell them ‘I AM that I AM” or some would read it “I am THAT I am”. Either way, it’s the same Greek words together saying that God is timeless and cannot be bound by any word in any way.
So when you see the hashtag #ThingsJesusNeverSaid, remember to read your Bible before posting something that makes you look uneducated, to say the least.
In conclusion, the Bible does say it several times where Jesus says he is God. It may not be in plain English but it is there if you know where to search these things out. The biggest part of studying the Bible is to study the word meanings from the Greek and/or Hebrew (Aramaic).