What Does “the Real Jesus” Mean?

It depends on who you ask? And any answer should be compared with answers to the question, "what does 'the historical Jesus' mean?" These are prime questions among Jesus researchers in the academy--mostly historians and biblical scholars--who specialize in what is called "the quest for the historical Jesus."Most Christians are unaware of what goes on in the academy. The Quest for that Historical Jesus has been a premier investigation that is generally recognized among scholars to have begun … [Read more...]

What Is the Subordination of the Son?

A new debate is heating up among Trinitarian Christians concerning the subordination of the Son, Jesus Christ, to God the Father and whether or not there is a similar relationship between men and women as taught in the Bible.  Egalitarians believe the Bible teaches an equality between men and women regarding human rights whereas Complementarians believe men have a superior function to women in certain areas of life and thus do not believe that women have all the same rights as men do. This d … [Read more...]

Is the Beginning of Christianity the Trinity?

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) was an American Evangelical theologian and Presbyterian pastor most known for establishing L'Abri Fellowship in Huémoz-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. He and his wife Edith began this ministry by taking young people into their home and personally discipling them about how to live a Christian life and have a positive effect on the world in doing so. Both Francis and Edith were authors of Christian books. Francis' most successful book is entitled, How Should We Then … [Read more...]

Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Campbell on the Trinity

Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the USA, and Alexander Campbell, co-founder of the Christian Restoration Movement that divided into the Christian Church denomination (my mother's church) and the Church of Christ denomination, were contemporaries from the State of Virginia. Both men were opposed to the historic church teaching of the doctrine of the Trinity. The following are two statements by them taken from http://www.leroygarrett.org/ac_tj/chap04.htm.Thomas Jefferson: "When we … [Read more...]

Do Trinitarian and Non-Trinitarian Christians Believe in Two Different Jesuses?

A reader of this blog commented on my post that was posted on October 20, 2013, and entitled "Can Christians Be Trinitarian or Non-Trinitarian?" as follows: "Kermit, I appreciate your thoughtful essay on this topic. "You said, 'The New Testament criterion, much of it quoted above, is that a person is saved by (1) believing God sent Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, and Savior who died for our sins and arose from the dead, and (2) confessing Jesus as Lord and living for him.' "And here is … [Read more...]

Does Tom Wright Believe Jesus Is God?

I am sometimes asked, "Does Tom (N.T.) Wright believe Jesus is God?" Or I am told that he does not. I'm also asked the same question about Jimmy (J.D.G.) Dunn. Wright and Dunn are Brits. I know both of them, and we have discussed this subject briefly. I regard both men as being at the top of their craft--New Testament scholarship. Both are very cordial and a total delight to talk to. When Tom Wright does public speaking, he charms his audience.For me, Wright and Dunn answer this question … [Read more...]

Eight Benefits of “Solving the Samaritan Riddle”

The New Testament book of Acts says Philip preached about Jesus to Samaritans who then believed (Acts 8.4–12), but they did not receive the Holy Spirit until days later when Peter and John came and laid hands on them (vv. 14–17). After that, Peter preached Jesus to a Gentile household. “While he was speaking,” they believed and “the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word” (10.44). Why did the Samaritans receive the Holy Spirit days after they believed, but the Gentiles received the Spirit w … [Read more...]

Tom Wright Says Jesus Didn’t Know He Was God

I know Tom (N. T.) Wright of the UK. He is a most charming fellow and an engaging public speaker. He also is one of the top theologians in the world. Many of his peers would say he is the world's preeminent New Testament scholar. Tom Wright is also a Trinitarian.In Tom's book, The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is (IVP, 1999), he states, "I do not think Jesus 'knew he was God'" (p. 121). He also says it in other writings. He first said it in Jesus and the Victory of God … [Read more...]


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