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Basic minimal (equilateral triangular) version of the “Shield of the Trinity” or “Scutum Fidei” diagram of traditional Christian symbolism [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]

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CHRISTOLOGY / JESUS CHRIST
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Jesus is God: Biblical Proofs [1982; slightly revised in 1997]
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Isaiah 53: Jewish-Christian Dialogue: Is the “Servant” the Messiah (Jesus) or Collective Israel? (vs. Ari G. [Orthodox] ) [9-14-01, with incorporation of much research from 1982]
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The Pernicious Heresy of Nestorianism [4-19-05; posted to Facebook on 5-8-17]
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50 Biblical Proofs That Jesus is God (National Catholic Register, 2-12-17)
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EVENTS IN JESUS’ LIFE
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The Passion of the Christ: Review and Reflections [2-29-04; abridged and edited on 4-10-17]
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Silent Night: A “Progressive” and “Enlightened” Reinterpretation [12-10-04; additionally edited for publication at National Catholic Register: 12-21-17]
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JESUS AND MARY
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YOUNG MESSIAH FILM (2016) / KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS
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TRINITARIANISM / THE HOLY TRINITY / THE HOLY SPIRIT
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Filioque: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue (William Klimon) [July 1997]
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The Sufficiency & Perspicuity of Scripture & the Trinity [6-16-03; slightly revised on 1-20-04]
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50 Biblical Evidences for the Holy Trinity (National Catholic Register, 11-14-16)
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THEOLOGY PROPER (THEOLOGY OF GOD) / GOD’S ATTRIBUTES AND NATURE 
Dialogue w Mormon Apologist: God & Doctrinal Development (vs. Dr. Barry Bickmore) (+ Part Two) [12-22-01]
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Is God in Time? (vs. John W. Loftus) [11-30-06]
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Thoughts on the Level of Our “Comprehension” of God (St. John Chrysostom) (dialogue with Deacon Steven D. Greydanus) [Facebook, 9-14-17]
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GOD AS JUDGE
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Origen (c. 185 – c. 254 ) on Faith, Works, and Judgment [2-27-08; re-posted to Facebook on 1-27-17]
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THEISTIC ARGUMENTS
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My Opinion on “Proofs for God’s Existence” Summarized in Two Sentences [Facebook, 6-18-18]
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Last updated: 18 July 2018.

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  • Hi, Dave, it's Pito. I just read this Q & A over at Reasonable Faith and wanted to know what your thoughts were on it. Here it is: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id;=6606

    Thanks.

  • I think it's sad that Dr. Craig has adopted the Christological heresy of Monotheletism (the notion that Christ had one will, not two), seeing that he is one of the most able proponents of philosophical theistic proofs (esp. the cosmological argument).

    If he doesn't want to accept what an ecumenical council says, he can still accept (I hope) what Scripture teaches. And I think it is pretty clear in this instance.

    Jesus distinguishes His human will from His Divine Will, but completely subordinates the former to the latter. According to Ludwig Ott in Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (p. 148), here are the scriptural proofs of the orthodox Catholic (and mainstream Protestant) position:

    Matt 26:39 (RSV) And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."

    Luke 22:42 "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

    John 5:30 I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

    John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me;

    Other passages presuppose a human will:

    John 4:34 Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.

    John 5:19 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise.

    John 8:29 And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.

    John 14:31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.

    Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made righteous.

    Philippians 2:8 And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

    Hebrews 10:9 then he added, "Lo, I have come to do thy will." . . .

    The freedom of choice of Christ's human will is demonstrated:

    John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father."

  • Jesus conceptually distinguishes the Father's will from his own (these are some further proofs of my own, that Dr. Ott did not cite):

    Matthew 7:21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

    Matthew 12:50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother. (cf. Mk 3:35)

    Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

    John 6:39-40 and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. [40] For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

    Many other passages show that Jesus human will always agreed with His (and the Father's) Divine Will.

  • I also sent this scriptural info. to Dr. Craig in his Q&A; submission form. We'll see if he makes any response. I hope he does. I think there is a possibility here of convincing him.

    And I'm gonna make a new post now, because this is an important aspect of Christology.

  • That's great, Dave; lookin' forward to it!

  • its almost perfect but don't play brother u know his nose is wider than that. u gotta redo that piece cuz seriously and a very light shade darker