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Can God have a God?

Submitted: 9/23/2008
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Question: Why does the Bible seem to contradict itself? If Jesus is God, then why did He say 'my God and your God?' Can God have a God?

Answer: You have asked two very good questions. Concerning the first, the reason the Bible seems to contradict itself at times is to test the hearts of its readers. Do you really believe the Bible is the Word of God? If you do, then you also must believe that there are no contradictions. We operate on the premise that if the Bible seems to contain a contradiction, then there must be a problem in the way we are interpreting it.

Concerning your second question, when Jesus walked the earth, He could speak from His perspective as God, but He could also speak from His perspective as man. For example, when He said in John 8:58, 'Before Abraham was, I AM,' He was clearly speaking from the divine perspective. But when He said in John 19:28, 'I thirst!' just as clearly He was speaking from the human perspective. In the same manner, in John 20:17 Jesus said, 'Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them,'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'' Every time He used the term 'My Father,' Jesus was speaking from the human perspective. Also, whenever the Bible speaks of the ascension of Christ, it is speaking of His humanity.
In this passage it is particularly clear, since Jesus refers to His disciples as 'My brethren.' They were His brethren according to the flesh, but He was their heavenly Father according to the Spirit. This is Jesus could say, 'He who has seen Me has seen the Father' (John 14:9).