Did Jesus Tell the Sanhedrin He Was God?

Christians generally have believed that the Jewish Sanhedrin (Council) accused Jesus of Nazareth of claiming to be God, and that is why it condemned him as a blasphemer worthy of death. But according to the New Testament (NT) gospels, Jesus did not tell the Sanhedrin he was God.During the latter part of Jesus’ public ministry, the scribes and Pharisees constantly questioned him about his teachings. They wanted to “catch Him in some statement, so as to deliver Him up to the rule and the aut … [Read more...]

Tunisia Leads Arab Spring In Fulfilling Bible Prophecy

In 2011, the North African nation of Tunisia started Arab Spring. You may recall that it began by a depressed street vendor protesting unjust business conditions by setting himself on fire and thereby dying from suicide. It sparked a revolution, in which the people rose up and overthrew their dictator. This revolution then spread to other North African countries, included the heavily populated Egypt. Most of the nations of the Middle East and North Africa had been ruled by dictatorships for … [Read more...]

What Must Christians Believe?

Christians sometimes do not agree on what constitutes a genuine Christian. Yet most agree that a person must believe in Jesus. But what does it mean to believe in Jesus? On matters of faith, Christians should appeal to the Bible.Jesus was a Jew. Jews believed that their God promised to send a king to deliver them from Gentile oppression, gather all Diaspora Jews to their ancestral land, and make Israel the chief of all nations in a worldwide government of peace. They identified this promised … [Read more...]

Christ Called his Father “the Only True God,” Which Means Christ Himself Could Not Have Been God

Nearly all Christians have believed Jesus is God. Scholars call them “traditionalists.” And most scholars claim that the foremost New Testament (NT) book that identifies Jesus as God is the Gospel of John. It contains the two most formidable NT texts that have been interpreted as declaring that Jesus is God. They are John 1.1 and 20.28.Even liberal and historical-critical NT scholars, such as those of the Jesus Seminar, assert that the Gospel of John presents Jesus as God. Since the synoptic … [Read more...]

American Universities Boycott Israel

Last week, the American Studies Association (ASA) protested Israel's perceived ill-treatment of the Palestinians, and failure to arrive at a settlement of the decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict, by joining a boycott calling for sanctions and divestment of Israel's universities and other academic institutions. ASA has over 5,000 members, consisting mostly universities and colleges. So far, more than ninety ASA members have registered their opposition to the boycott, including many very … [Read more...]

Polygamy Is Next

In recent decades the USA has been undergoing significant moral and social changes, and some of these concern sexuality. We read about it and see it being reported in the media. We see it as entertainment on television and the movies. Now we see it on reality television. And its having an impact on our nation's laws. Many religious people, including Evangelicals, who don't approve of these changes are feeling pressure from society in general not to speak out about their opposition because they … [Read more...]

Is Jesus “Mighty God” or “Mighty Warrior” in Isaiah 9.6?

One of the primary biblical passages Christians cite to support their belief that Jesus is God is Isaiah 9.6. It reads in the NASB, “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”Hymns have always played a significant role in Christian worship. The translation “Mighty God” in Isaiah 9.6 has inspired many church hymns about Jesus. The one mos … [Read more...]

Marking Your Books and The Book

Joel J. Miller has a Patheos blog in the Evangelical Channel, where mine is. On November 1, 2013, he posted "Five Reasons You Should Write in Your Books," and it got a good response from his readers. Count me in, Joel! I've been doing that all of my adult life. But we're talking about nonfiction books.I have friends who think I've massacred my 2,500-volume library by doing the following to most of my books from cover to cover: underlining, highlighting, writing notes and making large … [Read more...]


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