Jesus Is God Bible Verses?

Most Christian Bible scholars claim the Bible identifies Jesus as “God.” Yet they cannot cite many passages that do so. The word for “God” in the Greek New Testament (NT) is theos. Scholars refer to the few NT texts they think call Jesus God as “the theos texts.”Moderately traditionalist (=believes Jesus is God) John Macquarrie admits, “it may strike us as rather odd that such an apparently central Christian affirmation as ‘Jesus Christ is God’ is so minimally attested in the Scriptures that … [Read more...]

Brian Harman and John Daley Are Winners

Yesterday, left-hander Brian Harman won the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was his second win on the PGA Tour. (His first win was the 2014 John Deere Classic.) Harman had to make a 28-foot putt on the last hole to edge out superstar Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez by one stroke.It was Johnson's first time back on Tour since the Masters, in which he spent six weeks nursing his back to health. At the Masters, the day before the tournament, long-hitting Dustin had a … [Read more...]

Review of Strobel’s Book, “The Case for Christ:” Part 2 of 2

Lee Strobel begins his mega-selling book, The Case for Christ, by relating that he was an atheist who said (p. 13), “As for Jesus, didn’t you know that he didn’t claim to be God?... that thought never occurred to him!... the divinity of Jesus was nothing more than the fanciful invention of superstitious people. Or so I thought.”Strobel thus sets forth this characterization of Jesus—whether or not he claimed to be God—as though it is to be the primary thrust of his book. Indeed, it is. His fin … [Read more...]

Haniya to Lead Hamas

Yesterday, Ismail Haniya, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip since 2006, was selected as chief of the Hamas political bureau, which exists in Gaza and other Middle Eastern countries. This is a move in the right direction for Hamas. For the past few years, I have somewhat followed the career of this handsome, 53-year old father of thirteen children. There have been several things he reportedly has said over the years that I like.However, I don't think I'm under any illusions about this. … [Read more...]

Trump Is “Supporting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”

Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order so named. It repeals the Johnson Amendment. Named after Lyndon B. Johnson--who was a senator from Texas at that time and later became president--this amendment was added to a Congressional bill in 1954. Until then, the Treasury Department exempted all religious organizations from paying taxes. But this amendment required it to disavow a tax exemption to any religious organization that promoted or endorsed a politician.Yesterday I … [Read more...]

Should Trump Relax Rules on Churches Being Political?

For a long time, the U.S. has exempted religious organizations from paying taxes. The main reasoning has always been that much of their activity includes helping poor people and thereby being a humanitarian organization. Another reason is that many politicians have believed that religious organizations have a positive moral and ethical influence on society. Since the federal government has many programs to aid the poor, it is thought that religious organizations simply further this goal. Some … [Read more...]

Comey Was More Wrong

My post yesterday was about FBI Director James Comey being questioned that day by a Senate committee hearing that was televised. Mr. Comey explained publicly for the first time the reasoning for his decision to inform Congress on October 28th, eleven days before the presidential election, that he had reopened the investigation into Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's use of her emails. Yet he had not informed Congress or the public that several weeks before that he had started an investigation … [Read more...]

Comey Was Wrong

Today, FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate committee public hearings investigating two things about last year's presidential race: the Clinton email mishap and possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian government operatives. For the first time, Comey spoke publicly about his reasoning when he announced eleven days before the presidential election why he gave Congress a letter that day, which was immediately made public. The letter said he was looking … [Read more...]