Examine the Verse - John 8:58
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John 8:58
This verse is claimed to imply support to the Trinitarian belief in the the
pre-existence and/or divinity of Jesus Christ.

  Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
(John 8:58, New King James Version)
  Trinitarian Belief in God and Jesus Christ:
 Trinitarians believe in the Trinity, that God is the "Triune God"
existing as three persons
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but one being. All three are
eternal with no beginning. M
embers of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal,
one in essence, nature, power, action, and will.
Trinitarians believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal second person "God the Son",
who took on a human body and nature and became both man and God. 
Thus is Jesus is fully man and fully God simultaneously.
  Apostle's admonition, warning and unique way of teaching:
1. No prophecy of scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. (II Pt. 1:20, NAB)
2. Do not go beyond  what is written. (I Cor. 4:6, NIV)
 3. We do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit,
using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths. (1 Cor. 2:13, NLT)
  Points to Consider:  
  1.  Notice that in the above verse, Jesus clearly said that: "before Abraham was, I AM".  Jesus did not say that "I pre-existed as God".
2.  How can Trinitarians explain that the above verse mean that "Jesus Christ, a man, pre-existed as God" or say that "God changed to a man or God-man", when it is contrary to the truth written in the Bible that "God never change or does not change", and that "God is not a man nor a son of man"?. Is that not going beyond what is written in the verse?
  Descendants of Jacob, I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I never change. . . . . . . (Malachi 3:6, CEV)

Every good gift and perfect present comes from God, the Creator of heavenly lights, who does not change (James 1:17, TEV)

"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19, NKJV)

3. So, why did Jesus say that: "before Abraham was I AM" ?
For explanation, please click link to Interesting Questions #13.
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  Verse John 8:58 in other versions of the Bible:  

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  
(King James Version)

 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 
(New International Version)

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