Was Jesus Making Himself God?

The Gospel of John records a narrative in which Jesus' Jewish interlocutors accused him of "making yourself God" (John 10.33 NRSV and throughout). This is one of two texts in this gospel that traditionalist Christians cite to support that Jesus was God, the other being John 5.18. But they misinterpret both texts by claiming that these accusations were true of Jesus--saying he indeed was "making himself equal to God" (5.18) and making himself God (10.33). On the contrary, in both texts the author … [Read more...]

Is Jesus God Because He Is the Son of God?

The New Testament often identifies Jesus as "the Son of God." Most Christians believe Jesus was both fully man and fully God, and most of them believe Jesus was God because he is the Son of God. This belief dates back to church fathers, who eventually came to also call Jesus "God the Son." But this notion is not based on the Bible. Christians have reasoned that if God has a Son he must be God because when a man, a human being, has a son that son is a human being. There are some fallacies in this … [Read more...]

The One Who Sends Is Greater than the One Who Is Sent

Most Christians think the primary message of the Gospel of John is that Jesus is God. I think that is a misunderstanding of this gospel and that it never identifies Jesus as being God. Quite the contrary, the primary and most repeated message of the Gospel of John is that God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world by dying on the cross. In fact, this gospel says numerous times that God sent Jesus, and in most of these instances, Jesus himself said God "sent me."God sending Jesus means God … [Read more...]

What Name Did God Give the Messiah?

Most Christians probably would think that this is a stupid question. For the most part, I would agree with them. But in the history of Christianity, for many Trinitarian Christians the most important biblical text they have cited for their belief that Jesus is God is Philippians 2.6-11. Modern scholars identify it as a hymn, calling it "the Philippian hymn." There is no consensus among them on whether or not Paul crafted this hymn himself or he merely adopted it as one probably known to his … [Read more...]

No “Jesus Is God” in the Acts of the Apostles

If you want to know what the first Christians believed about God and Jesus, check out The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament of the Bible. Most Christians think the most important thing to believe about Jesus is that he was and is God. In fact, since the fourth century the church has said that if a person does not believe Jesus is God, he or she is not a genuine Christian. But the book of Acts doesn't say that.For twenty-two years I believed in the church doctrine of the Trinity, thus … [Read more...]

Trinity or Unity: Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

That's me regarding my Christian fellowship and church. Damned if you don't, and damned if you do. Damned if you don't believe in the Trinity, thus that Jesus is God, and damned if you do believe in it. I'll get to that later clause shortly. But first, the Trinity belief.Almost all Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, thus that Jesus is God. Actually, eminent church historian and Trinitarian, Phillip Schaff, rightly states that church developed the doctrine of the Trinity … [Read more...]

Part Two Interview of Me on the Deity and Preexistence of Jesus

Here's my second interview on the trinties podcast with Dale Tuggy. … [Read more...]

Was the Apostle Paul a Cessationist?

[Much of the following is from my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism, which is being published by Wipf and Stock Publishers to be released this fall.]I was saved in a Nazareen Church when I was thirteen years old. But I began my theological education in a Bible church when I was an eighteen-year old freshman in college. At my new church, I soon learned about spiritual gifts in the New Testament (NT). They are listed as follows: Romans 12.6–8; 1 … [Read more...]