Was Jesus Making Himself God?

The Gospel of John records a narrative in which Jesus' Jewish interlocutors accused him of "making yourself God" (John 10.33 NRSV and throughout). This is one of two texts in this gospel that traditionalist Christians cite to support that Jesus was God, the other being John 5.18. But they misinterpret both texts by claiming that these accusations were true of Jesus--saying he indeed was "making himself equal to God" (5.18) and making himself God (10.33). On the contrary, in both texts the author … [Read more...]

Jesus Had To Be Made Like His Brothers To Die For The Sins Of All Us Others

The biggest theological controversy in the history of the church has been whether or not Jesus is God. The institutional church doctrine of the Trinity—that God is three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—emerged later as a subset of this controversy to escape the charge of worshipping two Gods: the Father and Jesus. Leading Trinitarian theologians who have written on these subjects in the past century list between five and nine New Testament texts which they think pro … [Read more...]