Luke 18: 19-Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

Did Jesus deny being God when He said that there is none good except God?


Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one that is God." (18:19.)

C. Whence have he Christians got this Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost when Christ himself declares that none is good, save one that is God.


Answer: Yet again, Maharishi miserably fails to read even the complete passage and understand the meaning.

Luke 18:18-22 “Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'” And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

Let us compare this with the Ten Commandments.


# Summary of the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-21) Luke 18:18-22
1 You shall have no other gods before ME.  
2 You shall not make any idols  
3 You shall not use the name of the LORD in vain  
4 Observe the Sabbath  
5 Honor your father and mother Honor your father and your mother
6 You shall not murder Do not murder
7 You shall not commit adultery Do not commit adultery
8 You shall not steal Do not steal
9 You shall not give false testimony Do not bear false witness
10 You shall not covet your neighbors house  


As you can observe, LORD Jesus Christ told five commandments very directly whereas other five commandments are not told directly.

So, did not LORD Jesus Christ tell other five commandments? He did.

The tenth commandment He taught “Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor.”

What about the first four commandments? Also, do remember that the first four commandments are related to God whereas the next six commandments are related to man.

In LORD Jesus Christ told the first four commandments in simple words “come, follow Me.”

Following LORD Jesus Christ is equivalent to following the first four commandments. If so, then LORD Jesus Christ is God Himself.

Instead of disproving the divinity of LORD Jesus Christ, this passage indicates clearly that LORD Jesus Christ is God Himself.

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