Muslims argue that Jesus can’t be God since He Himself said that only God is good.
Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. – Mark 10:18
I find this objection rather inane because if that’s the case then Jesus is God since He said that He is “good”.
Would Muslim agree that He is God? If not, why? Since that’s their objection!
Jesus’ statement in Mark 10:18 is not a denial of His Divinity, it’s rather a question to the young ruler whether or not he believes that He is God since he called Him good Master. Understanding words in their contexts are very important because anyone can misinterpret anyone’s statement. Before examining the context of Mark 10:18, let me elucidate my point.
For example, when I say, “I love eating ice cream.”
This sentence can be interpreted in many ways. It depends on what am I emphasizing. It’s on the word “love”, “eating” or “ice cream”.
I “love” eating ice cream
I love “eating” ice cream
I love eating “ice cream”
These three sentences have different meanings though have the same words used,
When the word “love” is accentuated, it implies that ice cream is one of my favourite food.
When the word “eating” is accentuated, it can suggest that I don’t love making or selling ice cream.
When the word “ice cream” is accentuated, it’s possible that someone offers or asks me to choose between ice cream and other food.
My point is: Muslims accentuate in the word “good” than the context of the whole passage which I already proved to be irrelevant above, since Jesus said He is good.
17 As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God.
19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not give false testimony,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’
20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth.”
21 Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.” – Mark 10:17-21
The question this person asked Jesus was about “eternal life”. Eternal life belongs to God alone.
This first of all means that only God can give eternal life.
The question is: has Jesus ever said that He can give eternal life? Yes, He did:
10:28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand... 17:2 even as you gave him (the Son) authority over all flesh, he (the Son) will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. – John 10:28; 17:2
This already proves that Jesus is God since He claimed to be able to give eternal life.
Secondly, proof that Jesus accentuates in the word “God” rather than “good” is in verse 20. This person called Him “Teacher”, not “Good Teacher” as he previously called Him after He said only God is good. He probably, as Muslims, didn’t believe Jesus to be God; which means that what Jesus emphasizes is, “You believe that I am God since you call me good”?
29 JESUS SAID, “Most certainly I tell you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, FOR MY SAKE, and for the sake of the Good News, 30 but he will receive one hundred times more now in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land, with persecutions; and IN THE AGE TO COME ETERNL LIFE. – Mark 10:29-30
As always, Muslims like to pick and choose verses out of their contexts to prove their nonsensical point. I think they should stop using the Bible to suggest that Jesus isn’t God because it only further proves that Islam is false since it denied the deity of Christ.
Come to Christ, O Muslims. He died for you too.