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Re. Obama referring to Jesus as "a son of God"

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Submitted by Rick (Australia), Mar 10, 2016 at 01:18

Thanks for such an informative article. In your update you write: "In April 2012, he referred to Jesus as "a son of God," implying that there are other sons of God, something completely anathema to all understandings of Christianity. This is not exactly a Muslim view but it's half-way between the two religions."

I believe Obama is using equivocation here, to perfectly accord with the Muslim view, yet to seem to appease Christians. I think Obama actually means we are *all* children of God - sons and daughters - including Jesus naturally. Thus Jesus is *a* son of God, along with several other billions. This metaphorical use of "son" for Jesus is perfectly in accordance with Islam, but in this sense completely contradicts Christian doctrine.

Interestingly, in the Wikipedia apologia for Obama entitled 'Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories' (at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_religion_conspiracy_theories ) the anonymous writer also uses equivocation in this exact same way, to pretend Obama boldly promoted his Christian views, while in fact Obama again says nothing at odds with Islamic belief:

"While quoting liberally from the Quran, Obama forwarded an idea which vehemently contradicts the Quranic doctrine that God has no son, nor will ever have any sons (sura 17:111),[44] by discussing "the rights of all of God's children".[45] Further, Obama quoted the Gospel of Matthew (5:17 NKJV):[46] "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."[47] These fundamental doctrinal statements, which oppose Islamic doctrine and support Christian doctrine--especially when spoken to a Muslim audience--represent a bold self-validation of Obama's Christianity."

Pretending Obama's phrases such as "all of God's children" and "they shall be called sons of God" were meant literally by Obama (rather than metaphorically), in the same way that Jesus is literally believed to be the son of God by Christians, is again blatant equivocation, to pretend Obama happily contradicts Islamic doctrine.

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