Often times we hear Christians claim that Jesus the messiah was a sinless man, and since he was sinless and perfect this made him God since only God is perfect and without sin. However so is this claim true, or is this claim simply based on their own understanding without any actual proof to back it up?
In this article we shall show that Jesus himself did not believe that he was sinless, we will also show that Jesus himself did not believe that he was perfect like God, once doing so it shall debunk this Christian argument to prove the deity of Jesus Christ.
We shall first show that Jesus did not believe he was sinless, and this comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 8, the story concerns the Pharisees bringing a lady caught in adultery, and the story goes as follows:
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
So take note of what happens, the Jews wanted to stone this lady according to the Mosaic law, however so Jesus for some reason tells them that the person without sin should cast the first stone, and this is the crucial point, notice Jesus tells them that he who is without sin cast the first stone, and non of them do it since they are all sinners, but notice that Jesus himself does not cast a stone neither! Hence this means that Jesus too is a sinner, since had he been without sin he would have been stoning her as God commands for such a punishment, but notice he says that he too does not condemn her, and he lets her go, all of this means that Jesus too is sinless.
Now a Christian might reply back by saying well Jesus didn't stone her because Jesus was all about love and forgiveness, he was bringing a new message, well such a response is very weak for two reasons. (A) This response is from silence, there is no evidence for it, the context of the story is clear, Jesus tells the one without the sinner to cast the stone, no one does including himself, hence he too is a sinner, saying he didn't stone her because of compassion and a new message is not shown anywhere in the context, Jesus could have easily said I wont stone you because I have brought a new way, he says no such thing. (B) Jesus himself stated that he came NOT to break the law, hence if Jesus isn't breaking the law this means he must carry it out, not say I am bringing something new, because if he is bringing something new that doesn't punish an adulteress by stoning then that means that the law has been broken since that is what it calls for!
So this here is enough to prove that Jesus was NOT sinless, and that he indeed was a sinner.
Now let us move on to the second point, which is that Jesus did not consider himself to be perfect neither, and this comes from the Gospel of Matthew chapter 19 which reads:
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (18-19)
So as you can see a man comes up to Jesus and calls Jesus good, Jesus rather then responding to the mans question first instead tells the man that why does he call Jesus good! Jesus goes on to say that only God is good, hence as we can see Jesus did not consider himself good in the sense that God is good which is perfection, only God is perfect, only God is good in the sense of perfection, and Jesus is making it crystal clear here that he is not perfect!
So in conclusion we can see that Jesus is not sinless, and neither is he perfect, and neither did he consider himself as such. The claim that he is sinless and perfect is a simple myth, like many other myths that have been made up to Jesus to back the doctrine of him being God.
And Allah Knows Best!
By Sami Zaatari