“Before Abraham Comes to be, I AM.” Did Jesus Claim to be God?

Trinitarians and deity of Christ believers think that Jesus claimed to be God when Jesus said in John 8:58, “I am”. John 8:58 is probably among the top 5 of verses put forth as evidence for the deity of Christ. [1] This article gives reasons why Jesus’s “I am” statement in John 8:58 is not a claim to exist before Abraham in the past but is better understood in the context of Jesus’s presence, and who Jesus is, before Abraham comes to be in the future.   To hear this article on a podcast, click here . YouTube video, click here .  Outline: 1.        Tongue-in-cheek deity of Christ translations of John 8:58 and Exodus 3:14-15 Analysis of Trinitarian, Deity of Christ Interpretation of John 8:58 2.        Creating Confusion and Contradiction as to who the God of Israel is. 3.        Different Trinitarian translations in John 8:58 a sign of uncertainty: “before Abraham was , was born , came into existence, coming ”? Is the infinitive verb “ comes to be ” better understood in the

John 1:1 is Parallel to the Man Moses?

  In the two previous One God Report podcast episodes, episode #69) In the Gospel of John, the “Jews” are “Judeans” (Not all “Jews”) and episode #70) The GREEKS in John's Gospel were GREEK-SPEAKING JEWS (not Gentiles) , I gave evidence that the original audience of John’s Gospel were Diaspora, Greek-speaking Hebrews; that is, not Gentiles. If the original recipients of the Gospel of John were Greek-speaking Israelites they would have had various levels of familiarity with the Greek translation of the Old Testament Scriptures (the LXX). In this current episode I will suggest that the author of John’s Gospel drew literary and thematic parallels from the Greek Old Testament to convince his Israelite readers that Jesus was the one “of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote” (John 1:45). For audio, click here . To listen to this episode on the ONE GOD REPORT podcast, click here .   I will focus on John 1:1, giving evidence that Greek-speaking Israelites familiar with