When the Bible says that Jesus is the son of God, what does it mean?

59. Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allāh is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, “Be,” and he was. (Holy Quran 3:59)

When we look at the meaning of the word son of God in the Bible, we don’t see it has a divine meaning. Many righteous people in the Bible were called sons of God:

Exo 4:22 And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first-born:

Psa 82:6 I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High.

2Sa 7:14 I(God) will be his father, and he(Solomon) shall be my son

Luk 3:38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.

So we can see through the Bible that the word son of God was not only related to Jesus. John 3:16 is often quoted to say that Jesus is the only begotten son of God. But is this what Jesus understood? Jesus answers this question in John 10:34-36:

Joh 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), Joh 10:36 say ye of him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

So Jesus here quotes Psalms 82:6 quoted above which talks about the judges in the Old Testament being called gods and compares this with himself by saying that since it is not a blasphemy that these people were called gods, it is not a blasphemy as well that I am called son of God. This is because Jesus knows that the word son of God didn’t give him any divine meaning, but it is the same as other righteous people being called gods or sons of God. It’s just a metaphor not a real meaning.

This is what Jesus himself understood. So why don’t we follow Jesus over any other one? Jesus never said I am God. Jesus says that the Father is the only true God (John 17:3). Jesus says that he is a man and son of man, while Numbers 23:19 says that God is neither a man nor the son of man. Jesus is not God.

72. They have certainly disbelieved who say, “Allāh is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship Allāh, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with Allāh – Allāh has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers. (Holy Quran 5:72)

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