Before Abraham was I am

“Before Abraham was I am”

This is another quotation which the Christians bring to show the divinity of Jesus. Its from John 8:58.

Lets analyze this verse.

Jesus said unto them, Verily,verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

The reasons Christians give that Christ (pbuh) claimed divinity here are:

A. Jesus existed before Abraham.

B.“I am” is the name of God in the Bible (Exodus 3:14)

Lets analyze both the reasons.

A.

If Jesus (pbuh) existed before Abraham that does not make him God in anyway because even angels existed before Abraham. They existed before the world was created. Does it make them God? No ! Jesus (pbuh) was with God before Abraham (pbuh) , but in what form?  ! It means in the knowledge of God we all were there. Jeremiah is said to have been made a Prophet before his birth.  The Bible says

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”(Jeremiah 1:5)

In Islam, we share somewhat a similar belief. The Quran says

“When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam – from their loins – their descendants (in the spirit form), and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?”- They said: “Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we were never mindful”:(Quran 7:172)

B.

The Christians claim that “I am” is the name of God in the Bible in Exodus 3:14. The verse reads

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” (Exodus 3:14)

Jesus said unto them, Verily,verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, God ( I am.)”

We have no objection in agreeing that God was there before Abraham.

Before Abraham I am means, since I am is the name of God, before Abraham was God was.  I am means God himself.

This is sufficient to prove that in John 8:58 Jesus did not claim divinity.

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