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Matthew 26:39, "And he (Jesus) went a little further and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O, my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." See likewise Mark 14:35, and Luke 22:41. This passage refutes the Christian belief, that Jesus offered himself spontaneously as the sacrifice for the salvation of mankind. If that had been the case, why should he have hesitated and prayed for the removal of the bitter cup of his portion; and why should he have exclaimed, "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me!" (see Matthew 27:46). This is another proof that the Father and the Son are not identical, and that the design of the one does not accord with that of the other.