Pope Pius V, quoted in Barclay, Chapter XXVII, p. 218, "Cities Petrus Bertanous"
Isaiah 42:8, "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols."
"I have more to boast of than any man had. I am the only man that has ever been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such work as I." (History of the Church, Vol.6, pp. 408-09). (Joseph Smith)
Matthew 16:18, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."
namely, that no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith. From the day that the Priesthood was taken from the earth to the winding-up scene of all things, every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are—(Journal of Discourses 7:289)
Acts 4:12, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Hazrat Isa (Prophet Jesus) is an honored Prophet. After he comes down he would still be a Prophet and Messenger. An affirmation by a person of no account that he will be only a member of the Muslim community is not correct, inasmuch as he being one of the Muslims and his giving effect to the Islamic law is not inconsistent with his being a Prophet and a Messenger. (Alfatawa Alhadisiyyak, p.129)
I believe that our Holy Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is more exalted than all the Messengers and is the Khatamul Anbiya. (Hamamatul Bushra, p.8)
These are just a few who claim to be equal to God or greater than God. It would be too time consuming to investigate and list all the others and the claims made by them or about them. I'm not necessarily trying to single these out, but I use them because I'm more familiar with them.
This idea of wanting to be equal to or greater than God is not a new one. Satan was the first. We read in Isaiah 14:12-15:
How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.
And what was the first temptation Satan brought to man? The same thing he tried to do and what led to his downfall. Genesis 3:5, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
And this resulted in Adam and Eve being cast out of the Garden of Eden.
Not only is this attempt to be like God or greater than God not a new one, but God's response to this attempt is consistent. He will share His glory with no one.
Isaiah 2:17 & 18, "The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear."
Are you one of the many who are following those who make these claims? Are you believing what they are saying? Are you believing a gospel they are preaching that is no gospel at all? If they are not telling you the truth about God and about themselves, then they are not telling you the truth about how to be saved from judgement. If you're reading this post, you don't have an excuse. The Word of God, the Bible, is available everywhere, the standard by which you can grade everything you read and hear. You probably have a Bible in your home, or can buy one at your local bookstore, or ask for one at your local Christian church. Or you can read the Bible online. It's not like the Word of God is not available to you. You have access to it. Open it up and ask God for understanding. He says that He gives wisdom without finding fault.
It is imperative that you find out the truth. Your very life depends on it. God will not accept anything from you but that you belong to Jesus. If you want to belong to Jesus, scroll down to the bottom of my blog and you will see how.
Who being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with
God something to be
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death--
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the
and gave him the name that is
above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee
in heaven and on earth and under
and every tongue confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The LORD alone will be exalted in that day.