Listening to a talk show the other day, a caller made this remark about the above bumper sticker: “I don’t see why some Christians only love Jesus and not the Father and Mother too.”
- Loving Jesus is loving the Father.
John 14:9-11 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father ; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
2. Scripture does not speak of “the Mother.” I guess they were speaking of Mary the mother of Jesus. But she is not God, not part of the Trinity, and there is no biblical reason to make Mary into something she is not.
Christians deny that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that he IS God. How can you be the Son of someone else and someone else at the same time. What then, does this mean in the Bible? From St John:
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare arecord that this is the SON OF GOD
John 10: 30 “I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
So here we have Jesus as Son and God and the original audience’s reaction.
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