The following in a “cut and paste” I did some time back; unfortunately, I do not remember the address from where I retrieved it. Nevertheless, I thought it would be good to answer these questions and the others as I have opportunity in the future.
All Christians: DO YOU HAVE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS?
1. If Jesus was GOD, then why in Mark 12:29 Jesus said “Here, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” The words “our God” indicate that Jesus had a higher God over him, a stronger God than him. Jesus didn’t say “Your God”. The context of this remark is when the Lord is asked a question concerning what is the great commandment. Jesus answers with the action of loving God with all of one’s being and then also loving one’s neighbor as self. When Jesus said “our God” did he mean that he (Jesus) was not God himself? Jesus’ words are a direct quotation of Deuteronomy 6 when Moses spoke to the Israelites as they were preparing to enter into the land of promise. Thus, the words actually belong to Moses, and Jesus was answering the question with a direct quote.
2. He said “our God” which includes Jesus as the creation of GOD. Is Jesus the creation of God? No, Revelation 5:13 makes this clear (not to mention other passages such as John 1:1-3). Jesus became a man and as a man he could say that which other men said in regard to one’s approach to the Almighty.
3. If Jesus was GOD, then why did he ask for GOD’s Forgiveness in Luke 23:34? Evidently this question is supposed to call into question Jesus as God because he didn’t forgive. It is missed that Jesus did forgive sins (Mark 2:5-12). Since he did forgive sins, to merely ask a question as to why he did not do so, but asked the Father to do so, is not even close to intimating that he could not, that he would not, or that he was not God!
4. If Jesus was GOD, then why in John 20:17 Jesus said I ascend to my God and your God? This tells us that we and Jesus have a common GOD. As I answered in number 2 the answer applies here. More than that, however, note how another addressed him in 20:28 – something the Lord did not denounce or correct!
5. If Jesus was GOD, then why in John 8:28 Jesus said “I do nothing of myself”? Can’t GOD do anything he wills? God can do anything that can be done, but the passage does not support your contention that he is not God. For one thing the context has those surrounding him calling Jesus’ deity into question (just like you are); Jesus brings into contrast two things: the standard by which they judge and the standard by which he operates (judges). In C-7 the Lord already took note that they were making judgments based on a standard of this world; he told them to use a different standard (7:24). With this as a backdrop Jesus demands of them to look at the evidence (8:13-29). Thus, when he says what he does in 8:28 the point is simply that he and the Father are working together and that he (Jesus) will do nothing apart from the Father’s will.