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Did Jesus Blaspheme? An Examination of John 10:30-36


30I and my Father are one.

31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

Psalms 82:6

6I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

(NIV) 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?

This passage from John 10:30-36, shows that Jesus NEVER claimed divinity but to be God’s son . This  is like claiming to be a prophet, and many people in the Bible are called God’s son(For example in Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me[David], Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.)

.He answers the charge about blasphemy by quoting Psalms 82:6. How then can Jesus claim divinity? Jesus claimed to be small god not ‘the God’. And we have already shown that Elohim and Theos is used for other than God:


Moses is called Elohim

Exo 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god(ELOHIM) to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

Satan is called Elohim

2Co 4:4 In whom the god (THEOS the greek equivalent of ELOHIM) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Judges are called Elohim

Exo 22:9 For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges[elohim]; and whom the judges[elohim] shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour



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