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To Jeffrey: Answer to your questions

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Submitted by Richard Lion heart (United States), Feb 26, 2006 at 02:29

Dear J,

I don't want to sound arrogant but these answers you are looking for are right in the Bible. You asked why does Jesus keeps referring to himself as The Son of Man while his apostles called him the Son of God. Well if you follow closely you can see that these two term are used interchangebly.

Daniel 7:13-14
"I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed."

As you see even in the old testament Jesus was referred to as the Son of Man. The most important proof is when Simon Peter confessed that Jesus is the Son of God.

Now when Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
They said, "Some say John the Baptizer, some, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:13-20

Now as you can see, Jesus blessed Peter for confessing that He is the Son of God. And notice how Jesus ask the question by calling himself the Son of Man. This shows to you that Jesus used both terms when He talked about himself.

You said that the Bible refers to The Father, The Son and Holy Spirit as seperate entities. For starters your question is based on misunderstanding. There is One GOD, to say that the three persons of the Trinity are different entities is to suggest polytheism. Which is a grave sin. There is One God manifested in three persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
The Son is of the same essence as the Father and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father. If you read the Bible you will see several passages which shows it. For example when Jesus was being baptized by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit came down on Him in the form of a dove, then the a voice came from heaven saying this is my Son in whom I'm well pleased. As you can see the Father , The Son and the Holy being manifested as one.

Like I told you before Muhammad is a false prophet. Let's see how John said to identify them.

John 2:22-23
"Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son hath the Father also."

Did Muhammad confess that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of GOD? No he did not. As matter of fact he categoricaly denied it. ...
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