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If Jesus is called the Son of God, do you think that

makes him God?


Muslims often misunderstand the term "Son of God" to mean that God literally had sexual relations with Mary
to produce Jesus. That is not what the term means, nor is it what the Bible teaches; and it is not what
Christianity teaches. The term "Son of God" refers not to procreation but to a special relat ionship that Jesus has
with God the Father.
The phrase "Son of God" occurs 43 times in the New American Standard Bible, and it refers to Jesus. The term
is specifically designated as a title in Romans 1:4, "who was declared the Son of God with power by the
resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord." Not ice that it says Jesus
was declared the Son of God. This shows that it is a tit le and does not mean that he was begotten through sexual
relations between God and Mary--which is a blasphemous thing to claim.
Also, Jesus calls himself the Son in Mark 13:32, " But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in
heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."1 And at Jesus' baptism, God speaks from heaven and says, "Thou art
My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased." (Mark. 1:11). Clearly, Jesus is said to be the Son of God by the
scriptures, by the Father, and by himself.
Here are a few verses worth noting:
John 1:49-50, "Nathanael answered Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel."
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Jesus
answered and said to him, " Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall
see greater things than these."
o Nathaniel calls Jesus the son of God, and Jesus does not correct him. Jesus affirms Nathaniel's belief.
John 10:36-37, "do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, " You are
blaspheming," because I said, 'I am the Son of God?'
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"If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe
Me."
o Jesus is affirming that he is the son of God.
John 11:4, "But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the
Son of God may be glorified by it."
o Jesus calls himself the Son of God.
John 19:7, "The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made
Himself out to be the Son of God."
o The Jews understood that to claim to be the son of God was to claimed to be equal with God.
John 20:31, "but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that
believing you may have life in His name."
o The apostle John wrote the gospel, so that we might know and believe that Jesus is the son of God.


Son of God and Son of Man
Some say that the term son of God does not mean that Jesus is God. We must ask then, does the term Son of
Man mean that Jesus is not a man? Likewise, if the term son of man means that Jesus is a man, and does it not
imply that the term son of God means that Jesus is God?
John 5:18, "Calling God his own Father"
"For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the
Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God."
Jesus is the Son of God, and He calls God His own Father. So, the problem is in understanding what the phrase
Son of God means. Apparently, in the biblical culture it means to be equal with God as John the Apostle stated.
For more information on this verse, see John 5:18, " . . . making Himself equal to God."
1. See If Jesus is God, t hen why did He not know t he t ime of His ret urn? for an answer t o t he quest ion thus stat ed.