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What does the Bible say?

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all
men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the
great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself
a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

This passage instructs us to behave ourselves. We are to behave
ourselves because this is the will of God. Note also that the
passage makes no distinction between
the great God and our
Savior Jesus Christ.
Thatís because Jesus Christ is the great God.

The Bible says that Jesus created all things:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created
by him, and for him.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was
made that was made.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days
spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all
things, by whom also he made the worlds.

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things,
and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things,
and we by him.

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace
given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable
riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship
of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been
hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.

The Bible says that Jesus is God. It says it clearly, directly, and
multiple times. Jesus himself makes this bold claim:

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the
Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

How is this not understood? The belief that Jesus is God is the
defining belief of all Christians.