Jesus asked, “Who Do People Say I Am?” No One Said He Was God.

Jesus performed several roles: a seer-prophet, a reformer, a wisdom sage, a healer, an itinerant preacher, and a Torah teacher. About in the middle of his public ministry, according to the Gospel of Mark Jesus asked his male disciples, "Who do people say I am?" (Mk 8.27 NIV). Large crowds were gathering to hear Jesus pronounce his parabolic pearls of wisdom and perform his mighty deeds of healing and even nature miracles, and they were awestruck. That's why they began to ask who he was and if he … [Read more...]

Jews Thought Jesus Said He Was God’s Equal; But Jesus Explained That Would Be Evil

Once when Jesus attended one of the feasts at Jerusalem, he saw a man sitting by a pool of water who had been paralyzed, apparently from the waist down, for thirty-eight years. Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your pallet [bedding], and walk” (John 5.8). It was the Sabbath, the man did so, and he was accused of breaking the Sabbath.The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week on the Jewish calendar. It was supposed to be “holy,” meaning set apart from the other six days to worship God. One of … [Read more...]

Jesus Said He and His Father Are One. He Meant God’s in Him to Get All Things Done

Most Christians think Jesus claimed to be God. Ask most of them who know their Bible, “Where does the Bible say Jesus claimed to be God?” and they’ll likely answer, “He said it in John 10.30: ‘I and the Father are one.’” The word in the Greek New Testament (NT) here translated "one" is hen, which is the numeral "one" and can mean "unity." But that is a far cry from saying straight out, “I am God,” or the like. One is struck with the thought, “Is that the best evidence Christians can muster to pro … [Read more...]

Eastern Mediterranean Mineral Rights of the New Philistia Proposal

Gas and oil reserves discovered in the Levant/Levantine Basin of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea could prove to be a huge game-changer for Palestinians if they were to adopt my proposal for the location of their desired state. The wealth they could realize, and the economic security of becoming energy independent and perhaps an energy exporter, could cause nearly all Palestinians in the West Bank to decide they would prefer relocating to this territory and letting Israel have all of the West … [Read more...]

The Bible College at Angola Prison

Today's New York Times reports that the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana, has a Southern Baptist Bible College in it which is exclusively for the prisoners. When Warden Burl Cain, a Christian evangelical, first came there in 1995, he asked the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to establish the college. It is the first, four-year, accredited college program in a prison.But that's not all that is unusual about this prison. It has 18,000 acres, mostly grazing land for … [Read more...]

Chuck Smith Dies at Age 86

Chuck Smith died this morning at his home in Newport Beach, California, at 86 years of age. He was the founder and pastor of Calvary Church in Costa Mesa, California, which began in 1965. It became one of the first mega-churches which subsequently resulted in the creation of a movement of Calvary churches which now number over 1,000. The original Calvary Church in its early years had a wide impact on the youth counter-culture of that time period in Southern California, more particularly the … [Read more...]

If Christ’s Miracles Attest He Was God, Who Are the Others We Highly Applaud?

One thing that made Jesus famous was that he did miracles. The New Testament (NT) gospels often relate that he traveled in his native land of Israel from town to town and village to village preaching, healing people, and sometimes performing nature miracles such as turning water into wine, multiplying food, and walking on water. Multitudes gathered to hear Jesus utter his pearls of wisdom in parabolic form and perform his mighty feats of healing.Many traditionalist Christians—those who be … [Read more...]

If Raised from the Dead Proves Jesus Was God, Then Who Are We When We Get Our New Bod?

All four gospels of the New Testament (NT) culminate with narratives about Jesus' death, his bodily resurrection from the dead, and his disciples’ discovery of his empty tomb. And all of these gospels further relate several post-resurrection appearances of Jesus which occurred during the next forty days. During those times, Jesus' disciples literally saw, touched, and talked to him, and they even ate and drank with him (e.g., Matthew 28.9; Luke 24.39-43; Acts 10.40-41; cf. John 20.27; 2 … [Read more...]


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