Joint Heirs with Jesus

Sami Zaatari


Some Christians try to use the Parable of the Vineyard to argue for the divinity of Christ. For the sake of convenience here is the parable:

And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some. Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.' And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. (Mark 12:1-8)

Christians claim that Jesus saw himself as unique, for instance he calls himself the son, as well as being the heir. As a result of this the Christian claims that Jesus must be divine due to labelling himself with such titles, particularly being called the heir.

We will discuss the parable as a whole in another article, but for now let us stick with the issue of Jesus calling himself as the heir, does this make him divine? Well if this is the case, and it does seem to be the case, then all true followers of God must be divine as well! For instance the self proclaimed apostle Paul taught the following:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:13-17)

So according to Paul the children of God are heirs to God, and on top of that they too are joint with heirs with Jesus! So using the Christian logic this must mean that these true followers are divine as well. So according to Paul, Jesus is not the only heir, Paul and other followers of God are joint heirs with Jesus as well, therefore this removes any uniqueness from Jesus being called a heir. And I repeat, if Jesus is divine for being called a heir, then so is Paul and all the other true followers of God due to the fact that they too are called heirs of God.

So as usual the Christian has no real case, only a backfiring argument.

And Allah Knows Best!