Anslem’s argument disproves Jesus as God

Saint Anslem of Canterbury proved Jesus isn’t God

by Ibn Anwar, BHsc (Hons), MCollT

The celebrated Catholic Benedictine theologian and philosopher Saint Anslem of Canterbury proposed a fine ontological argument that God is “a being than which nothing greater can be conceived.” In other words, any candidate that is placed on a pedestal can only pass off as the ultimate and true God of the universe if he can be demonstrated to be the greatest there is. Should it be demonstrated that anything else is greater than said candidate, then he is disqualified as the one and only true God of the universe.

Putting Jesus Christ of the New Testament to the test

“…the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28)

In the above quotation, Jesus himself declares his inferiority to another and according to Anslem’s ontological argument, Jesus completely fails the test of incomparable greatness.

To reconcile the difficulty above, the evangelist will appeal to the Kenosis theory, which says that during Jesus’ earthly ministry he “emptied himself” of some of the divine attributes he had prior to his incarnation. So the argument has it that Jesus in his true and actual form would be absolutely equal to the Father in every manner and in every way. This trinitarian supposition is completely falsified by 1 Corinthians 15:28:

“And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”

The Kenosis of Jesus supposedly only spans between Mary’s conception of Jesus up to the point where Jesus suffers death on the cross. According to the Kenosis theory, Jesus receives back his full glory upon his resurrection but according to 1st Corinthians 15:28, which is post-resurrection, Jesus remains ultimately inferior to God, who is, in the end, above every single thing including Jesus. Once again, evidently, scripture in tandem with Anselm’s ontological argument lead us to the undeniable Islamic conclusion that Jesus is not God.

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