Monday, September 20, 2010

Lunatic, Liar, or Lord...?

No one else in history has ever made any of the claims the man Christ Jesus made. Saying He was God, was like God, the express image of God, and that in Him alone was salvation, Jesus Christ made some statements that no other man in the history of mankind has ever made. The question then becomes, is He crazy, or is He really God? Was what He was saying something with scriptural foundation, or was the man insane? It is important for us to understand because many times in our walk we will be faced with the question of who is Jesus Christ, and with good reason, it isn't everyday someone makes the claims He made.

For some time I have been putting together a slew of information regarding the divinity and supremacy of Jesus Christ, and while many of us know it to be true, it is always good to go the extra mile and really become students of the word. By no means am I going to try and explain how the trinity works, because no one, not even the smartest of scholars could ever decipher the doctrine of the trinity and divinity of Christ, however, I will do my best to show that Jesus is indeed God, and that they truly are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. It'll be fun, but before we do, I want to give you a couple of key verse many try and use to disprove the divinity of Jesus.

James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

Then how is it Christ, who is supposed to be God, was tempted in the desert by the devil? (Matthew 4:1)

John 14:28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.

So wait, if Jesus is God, then how can Jesus possible be God?

Mark 10:18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

Did Jesus just call say He isn't good? Only God is good, and if He is supposed to be God, then why didn't He include Himself in this statement?

John 3:16, How is it He can be God if He is the only begotten of God? Did God create Him, after all He was born from Mary, and since He is born like you and I, He must be created.

Why did Jesus pray to God if He is God? Is He praying Himself?
How is it Jesus' sacrifice so sufficient?
Why Jesus? Why not someone else?
Jesus is called firstborn, begotten, and born of Mary, how can He be God?

These are just a few of the contentions, however, I hope that in my next post, God gives me the wisdom to help shed light on this and then some so that we are better equipped to speak to others on the topic, not to mention help solidify even more the foundation of our faith.

Just remember, questions aren't a bad thing, just don't build a faith on your questions, keep your mind open, and never forget to doubt the doubt.

"Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking." — Oswald Chambers

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