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 the book, but I've been hearing and reading various reports about this. The book tells many recent stories, country-by-county in the Middle East and N … [Read more...]

How to Unite Christians, Muslims, and Jews

Christians, Muslims, and Jews professedly believe in one God. And most of them believe there are no other gods. That is why Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are identified as "the three monotheistic religions of the world." All three are based upon a sacred text: the Christian Bible for Christians (Old and New Testaments), the Qur'an for Muslims, and the Jewish/Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) for Jews. Muslims respect the Christian Bible, though they allege it suffers from corruptions introduced in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

If the Holy Spirit is a Person of His Own, Then Why Isn’t He Sitting on Heaven’s Big Throne?”

The three great monotheistic religions of the world are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three claim to worship the one and only God, the God of the Bible. But all three disagree as to who this God is.Most Christians are Trinitarians because they believe in their doctrine of the Trinity. (I was a Trinitarian for 22 years.) Their theologians explain that it means God is one essence subsisting in three co-equal and co-eternal Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy … [Read more...]

Incarnation and Trinity Give Us a Clue–They Aren’t in the Bible so It Isn’t True (Part 3)

Part 3: Is the Trinity in the New Testament? Christology developed in the early centuries of Christianity. Writing church fathers of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, called apologists, believed Jesus was God, but to a lesser extent than the Father was, and that Jesus’ divinity was derived from the Father. Also, they had no consensus about the constitution of the Holy Spirit.But all of this changed during the 4th century. In 325, the Catholic Church’s first ecumenical council, held at Nicaea, off … [Read more...]


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