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 Jesus said that, he 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, "M … [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?

Oftentimes, the synoptists record the same event and thus saying of Jesus. When this occurs, the Bible student should compare these gospel accounts to see if there are any significant differences between them. And Jesus' remarks should always be considered within the context of his culture, especially his religious culture. Perhaps the best example is when Jesus spoke of a camel going through the eye of a needle. But the most significant thing in this pericope is not what he meant about … [Read more...]

Jesus Resurrection Doesn’t Prove He 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." Mr. Shore 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. Shore is the author of four books and the founder of Unfundamentalist Christians.In this post, John Shore tells Christians who have doubts that Jesus is d … [Read more...]

Is Jesus God? A Brief Look at the Main Bible Verses

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...]

The Spirit of God Is Not a Real Person ‘Cause the Spirit of Man Is Made in God’s Version

The Catholic Church officially sanctioned the doctrine of the Trinity in the late 4th century. It had never been known until the Three Cappodocians formulated it in the 370s. What is it? In the English language, it is that God is one essence manifested by three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (Gr. pneuma=spirit), which means the Holy Spirit is a full-fledged Person. But what does the Bible say about this, especially about the Holy Spirit … [Read more...]