Egypt’s Bishop Alexander and his Pastor Arius

Sean Finnegan is a friend of mine in the Biblical Unitarian Movement. (I prefer to call myself a One God Christian because I think there is less confusion with it than the label Biblical Unitarian.) Sean and I believe alike about God being numerically one, the Father, and therefore Jesus not being God. Thus, we believe post-apostolic, institutional church fathers--all of them Gentiles and many of them influenced by Greek philosophy--erred in deciding that Jesus is God and eventually that God is … [Read more...]

A Brief Look at the Primary Bible Verses about Whether or Not Jesus Is God

Ever since the 4th century, the institutional church has always officially proclaimed that Jesus of Nazareth was and is fully God, and it has usually added that anyone who denies this is not a genuine Christ. Yet in Jesus’ gospel sayings in the New Testament (NT), he never claims to be God. The few NT texts the institutional church has cited in asserting that Jesus is God are mistranslated or misinterpreted, partly because most of them have grammatical difficulties. Let’s briefly examine these te … [Read more...]

Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross?

After Jesus hung on the cross for six hours and was about to die, he cried out with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27.46/Mk 15.34). When he said that, Jesus was quoting the beginning of Psalm 22 in the Bible’s Old Testament. King David wrote this psalm, and the New Testament often applies portions of it to Jesus’ crucifixion. A good study reference Bible shows this. There are two theological issues which arise concerning this outcry by the crucified, dying Jesus. … [Read more...]

Talk About Jesus, Not Christ, to Non-Believers

Many Christians have a bad habit of talking about "Christ," instead of "Jesus," to the non-believing world. What's bad about it? It is a failure to be sensitive to other people who are not Christians, who therefore don't believe what they do about Jesus. The man's name is "Jesus." The title we apply to him is "Christ." Yes, early Christians called him "Jesus Christ" by dropping the article in the phrase "Jesus the Christ." But actually, the Apostle Paul's New Testament letters have "Christ … [Read more...]

Did the Jews Accuse Jesus of Claiming to Be “God” or “a God”?

The Gospel of John relates one incident in which the Jews accused Jesus of “making himself equal to God” and another incident in which they said to him, “you, though only a human being, are making yourself God” (Jn 5.18; 10.33). (All scripture quotations are from the NRSV.) Since Christians have been taught that Jesus is God, they have been taught that these Jews were correct in making these accusations. But in each instance, Jesus’ immediate response represents a denial of those allegations (Jn … [Read more...]

Do You Know the Doctrine of the Trinity Was Not Established at Nicaea, in 325 A.D.?

It is widely believed, even among Christians and some of their scholars, that the Catholic Church established its official doctrine of the Trinity at its Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. But this is incorrect. The traditional doctrine of the Trinity as stated in English—that God is one essence existing as three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit—was unknown then and for decades later. Although the Nicene Council did not provide minutes of its mee … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Indicate He Was God to the Rich Young Ruler?

Many people know about Jesus saying to a rich young man, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10.25). The man elicited this remark from Jesus by addressing him as “Good Teacher” (v. 17). Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” (v. 18).In the past, church fathers and many subsequent traditionalist Christians (believe Jesus is God) have insisted Jesus here implied he was God. Their ob … [Read more...]

Although Jesus Arose from the Dead, the Bible Does Not Say Jesus Was God

Patheos.com blogger John Shore (JohnShore.com), in his Christianity with Humanity blog, posted on April 16, 2014, "Dare to believe that Jesus was God." John believes Jesus was and is God, and that's what he's telling us in this post. As of 4:55 PM April 20 (Easter)--three days later--he had a high amount of Comments--137. He is the author of four books and founder of Unfundamentalist Christians.In this post, John Shore tells Christians who have doubts that Jesus is divine/deity/God to d … [Read more...]


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