Is Jesus God Because of His Virgin Birth?

One of the most important elements of church doctrine has been Jesus’ virgin birth. (The miracle was conception, not birth, so it can more properly be called “the virginal conception.”) Jesus’ virgin birth is only mentioned in two New Testament (NT) gospels (Matthew 1.18- 25; Luke 1.26-38; 2.1-21). Together, they relate that Mary miraculously conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, and she remained a virgin until Jesus was born.Many Christians have believed that Jesus was God b … [Read more...]

Does Jesus Say in John 6 He Literally “Came Down from Heaven?”

The institutional church has always claimed that the Bible says Jesus preexisted as God in heaven and came down to earth to become a man, called “the incarnation.” The Nicene Creed says of Jesus, “For us men and our salvation he came down from heaven.”The church also has claimed the incarnation is based on the Bible. Yet there is nothing in the first three gospels of the New Testament (NT) to indicate this. In contrast, the church has cited the Gospel of John as incontrovertible evidence of t … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Preexist as “the Angel of the LORD”?

The most mysterious and enigmatic figure in the Old Testament (OT) is “the angel of the LORD.” This expression occurs 56 times in the OT, and “the angel of God” occurs 10 times therein. This angel of the LORD appeared to Abraham, Hagar, Isaac, Jacob, Manoah and his wife, Moses, Joshua, and many others.There has never been any consensus in Judaism about the identity of "the angel of the LORD/God" in the OT. The three eminent rabbinic Bible commentators in medieval times interpreted it as the “ … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Preexist?

The post-apostolic, institutional church has always proclaimed that Jesus preexisted in heaven. And it has concluded that his preexistence indicates that Jesus was and is God. Yet Judaism has allowed for the conception of certain men, such as Elijah or Moses, as having preexisted without being God. And many Christian scholars have admitted that a human being conceived as preexisting does not necessitate deity.In modern times, the idea that Jesus preexisted has been seriously challenged. One … [Read more...]

Is the Son of Man in Daniel 7.13 a Divine Being?

Jesus’ favorite title he applied to himself was “the Son of Man.” The New Testament (NT) gospels relate that Jesus identified himself as "the Son of Man" on about 39 occasions, and it was only him who did so. The occasion on which Jesus most clearly identified himself as the Son of Man was when he healed a man who had been blind from birth (John 9.1-12). Jesus later asked him, “‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ He answered and said, ‘And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ Jesus said t … [Read more...]

Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings in John 8

The following is an excerpt from my book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ (RJC), with scripture quotations from the New American Standard Bible:Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings with a PredicateAs mentioned earlier [in RJC], there are several other “I am” (Gr. ego eimi) sayings of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel that have a predicate nominative, and some of these allude to Old Testament, messianic prophecies. If any of these predicates that Jesus applies to Himself are also applied to God in the Bible,[1] … [Read more...]

Does Colossians 1.15-19 Mean Jesus Preexisted and Created the Universe?

Multiple issues arise in Colossians 1.15-19 that have caused many Bible readers to think Paul therein teaches that Jesus preexisted and created the universe. From this they conclude that only God does that, so Jesus must be God. But Paul does not mean any of that. This text, which is about Jesus, reads as follows in the New American Standard Bible:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, … [Read more...]

Critique of a Billy Graham Easter Message

 I think Billy Graham was the greatest man of God in the twentieth century. Not only was he such a gifted evangelist, a handsome man, and a friendly person who had a charming Southern accent, there was never any scandal with Billy Graham. He was a family man, a righteous man, and thus a devout follower of the one he constantly preached about—Jesus of Nazareth.Billy Graham knew and ministered to many world leaders. They included U.S. presidents such as Richard Nixon. Then the W … [Read more...]