Does Isaiah 9:6 Ascribe Divinity to Jesus?
Missionaries claim that Isaiah 9:6 refers to Jesus. They state that this proves he is God. How do we respond to this?
Let’s begin by quoting Isaiah 9:6 –
For a child has been born for us;
a son has been given to us.
And the dominion will be on his shoulder,
and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Missionaries tend to focus on one aspect of the text, the terms “son” and “Mighty God”. However, a quick look at the text proves that this passage does not refer to Jesus. The child has already been born, the verb is in the past tense, “has been born”. Since Jesus had not yet been born, then this disqualifies him from being the subject in the passage. Furthermore, it is said that the child would be called, “everlasting Father”. Since Jesus is the Son, and not the Father, then this passage most certainly does not refer to him.
The missionary might claim that the term, “everlasting Father” is just a description of divine attributes, not meant to be taken literally. In that case, we need to ask, how can that be when you have already interpreted the title “Mighty God”, literally? Either you accept the text as is and interpret all the names figuratively, or you interpret all of them literally. Thus, this verse is not a proof text for the divinity of Jesus. It is a proof text against the divinity of Jesus and most Christians do not read this passage carefully or sensibly.
and Allah knows best.