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.(In Archive Index see 10/4/15 for “List of All Posts About Jesus Not Being God.”) … [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...]

Did Jesus Have to Be God to Save Us?

On September 4, 2013, I posted "Jesus Had To Be Made Like His Brothers To Die For The Sins Of All Us Others." (See below.) But I keep getting comments to the contrary, so I will now blog about this again. Christians who believe Jesus is God sometimes assert, "Jesus had to be God to save us." I hear this argument from them more than any other, including offering any particular Bible verse to support their belief. Yet they are not able to offer any rationale for this argument or scriptural … [Read more...]

2014 SBL Panel Discussion of Bart Ehrman’s book, “How Jesus Became God”

During the past few weeks, I posted a three-part review that I wrote of Dr. Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. Before I read this book, I attended a 2.5 hour session at the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting, in late November, 2014, at San Diego that involved a panel of six scholars who discussed this new book. The panel participants were James McGrath, Michael Bird, Dale Martin, Craig Evans, Larry Hurtado, and Bart Ehrman. Bird, Hurtado, and Evans are traditionalists … [Read more...]


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