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...]

Abbas Announces No More Electricity for Gaza

Mahmoud Abbas is president of the Palestinian Authority that governs Palestinians living in the West Bank. Hamas governs Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. These two governing agencies have been at odds with each other ever since 2007. The history is that Israel unilaterally relinquished the Gaza Strip to Palestinians in 2005, Hamas won elections there in 2006, and Hamas militarily defeated the Fatah (military wing of the Palestinian Authority) there in 2007 to take full control of the Gaza … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Visits Egypt

Tomorrow, Pope Francis will meet in Cairo, Egypt, with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb. The sheikh is the grand imam of Al Azhar mosque, which is affiliated with Al-Azhar University in Cairo. It is the most revered center of learning in Sunni Islam.The pope has multiple purposes for this visit. First, he will speak on encouraging the Christians in Egypt. They suffer persecution there, mostly from Islamic Jihadists. For example, on Easter, Islamic radicals … [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...]

Israel Is Causing Some of the World’s Growing Anti-Semitism

Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Israel, everything stopped for two minutes while Israelis remembered, if not prayed about, the horrible slaughter of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler's German Nazis in WWII. Humans must never forget so that perhaps it will never happen again.Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried the rise of anti-Semitism in recent years worldwide by saying, "Hypocrisy is screaming to the sky," claiming "the world's indifference" to this rise of … [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...]