If you’re familiar with popular Christianity you’ve probably heard the term “lukewarm” used once or twice. But what does the term mean and can it apply to more than bad behaviour?
If you’ve been investigating the skeptical arguments against religion (or, more accurately, the Christian faith in particular) then you have likely come across the argument that, ultimately, culture is what determines religious faith. Is this an argument that stands under scrutiny or does it end up falling flat on its face?
We’ve examined and defended many of the divine claims made by Jesus Christ in the Gospel accounts and now it’s time to put them into context. Why did Jesus Christ come to earth and what did He come to accomplish?
The final claim to the divinity of Christ that we will be taking a closer look at in this series comes in seven forms in the Gospel of John. Jesus Christ, the Great I AM.
In our survey of the divine claims of Jesus Christ, we’ve seen how Jesus referred to Himself with titles that suggested He, in some way, shared the Father’s divine identity. Turning to God’s divine identity as Wisdom will give us further insight into the role Jesus embodied as the Son of God.
When we ponder the divine claims of Christ the one we often pay no mind to is the usage of the name “Abba, Father” for God by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Could this name give us a profound insight into Jesus’ mission and identity?
In our look into the divine claims of Jesus, we have argued for the authenticity of the claims by noting the allusions to the OT, the date of the claims, and the character of Jesus Himself in the trilemma. But everything we have argued thus far amounts to nothing if the major claims to divinity were completely misunderstood from the beginning. When Jesus calls Himself the Son of Man, what, exactly, does He mean?
In the Gospel of Mark, we read about an event wherein Jesus commands a leper to keep the identity of his healer a secret, so to speak. If Jesus was sure of His identity as the Son of God, what’s with the secrecy here?
In our survey of the divine claims of Jesus recorded throughout the Synoptics and the Gospel of John, we note a rather strange exclusion: nowhere in the Gospel accounts do we see Jesus saying “I Am God.” Is this proof that Jesus did not believe He was God or were His followers simply mistaken?
In the final instalment of our look into the famous trilemma defence, we address the theory that Jesus was a lunatic not unlike others who identify themselves the same way today.
If Jesus wasn’t a liar could He have been honestly mistaken about His divine identity instead?
Before we can begin to examine the divine claims of Christ themselves we need to first ask ourselves who Jesus really was? Was He a liar, a lunatic, or Lord? In this article, we’ll look at the first of those possibilities. Did Jesus lie about His divinity?
Did Jesus Christ really claim to be divine, or were these claims added by the church long after the fact?
The heart of Christian theology centers around the person of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says that if we would confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, died on the cross for our atonement, and rose from the grave, we would be saved. However, before we can begin to defend the truth of the Christian faith we need to first ask if Jesus really was who He and His followers said He was.
If Jesus calls Himself the Way, the Truth, and the Life, why do we see Him lying to His brothers in John 7:2-10? Is this a deadly blow to Christ’s divine identity or are critics missing something vital?