Is the Judeo-Christian Faith Monotheistic or Henotheistic?

In recent times, some Old Testament (OT) scholars have claimed that at least the early faith of the Hebrew people was henotheistic rather than monotheistic. There is some evidence in the Old Testament that seems to support this scholarly claim about the Hebrews being henotheists. Monotheism means there is only one god, whereas henotheism means there are multiple gods with one of them being chief of all. Some OT scholars claim the OT indicates that the Hebrews were henotheistic and that the later … [Read more...]

Why Don’t Christians Say “Most High (God)”?

Christians often identify their God by various titles attributed to him in the Bible. They call him "Lord," "Father," "Almighty," "Jehovah," "Yahweh," "El Shaddai," and "Jehovah Jireh" just to name a few. But you rarely hear them say, or see them write, "the Most High" or the like. Yet God is called in the NASB:"the Most High" 27x in the Old Testament and 5x in the New Testament "The Most High God" 6x in the Old Testament and 4x in the New Testament "God Most High" 5x  in the Old … [Read more...]

Not Only Muslims, But Christians Need to Be Reached, Too

My friend Ben Witherington III posts today here at patheos about the book entitled Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? (Thomas Nelson, 2012). Ben says it "is one of the more moving and eye-opening books I have read in quite a long time, and I say that as a person whom has spent a lot of time in the Middle East."I have not read theisbook, but I've been hearing and reading various reports about this subject. The book tells many recent stories, country-by-county in the M … [Read more...]

The Theocentric Book of Revelation Is About Conquering

The last book in the Bible begins, "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him" (Rev 1.1 NRSV). The word "God" always refers to "the Father" in the book of Revelation. Thus, there is no room in this book for the unbiblical doctrine of the Trinity that church fathers wrongly formulated during the fourth century, pronouncing that if anyone denies this teaching he or she is not a Christian. That is flat wrong!As I have said before on this blog, I grew up in Seattle, Washington, going to … [Read more...]

Is the USA a Christian Nation?

That depends on who you ask. How you define what a Christian nation is? How are you going to get people on the same page with that one? You aren't. Definitions will be all over the map!Last Tuesday, Idaho state Senator Sheryl Nuxoll and two other fellow Republican senators refused to attend an Idaho Senate session because Hindu cleric Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada, opened it with a Hindu prayer. Senator Nuxoll defended their absence by saying the U.S. "is a Christian nation based on Christian … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book-“How Jesus Became God,” Part 3 of 3

So far in this review, I have been quite critical of Dr. Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God. I agree with him that Jesus did not think he was God and never claimed to be God. But there isn’t much else in those first five chapters with which I do agree. His main point is that the early Christians began believing Jesus was God because of their belief in his resurrection, and with that I disagree most vehemently.Ehrman’s Chapter 6 is titled, “The Beginning of Christologies: Christ as Exalted to … [Read more...]

Although Jesus Arose from the Dead, the Bible Does Not Say This Indicates 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...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

James D.G. Dunn authored the important and accessible book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence (WJK, 2010, 176 pp., paperback). He is a leading New Testament scholar and generally regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Christology. That's mostly due to his more dense book, Christology in the Making (1980/1996).Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? is a rather provocative book for a moderately-conservative, evangelical scholar of Dunn’s stature. In his … [Read more...]


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